Health Calendar: Week of Thursday, March 15, 2012

by Symptom Advice on March 22, 2012


TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Weight-loss support group. 9:15 a.m. every Thursday. Belmont Shore Mobile Estates clubhouse, 6230 Marina View Drive, Long Beach. for information, call Margaret at 562-431-3524.

Cancer support groups. the Wellness Community offers two ongoing groups at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. the group for adult cancer patients meets 5-7 p.m. every Thursday. the group for loved ones and/or family members of cancer patients meets 5-7 p.m. every other Thursday. Both groups meet in the first floor Radiation-Oncology Department, 2801 Atlantic Ave. 310-376-3550,


Hearing devices exhibit. Free hands-on exhibit of devices that help with hearing difficulties; includes information on how they work and where they can be purchased. Presented by the Hearing Loss Association of Long Beach/Lakewood. 10 a.m.-noon Friday. Weingart Senior Center, Craft Room, 5220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood. 562-425-5651,

Nar-Anon. Support group for family and friends of drug addicts. 7 p.m. every Friday. Lakewood Presbyterian Church, Room W-2, 5225 Hayter Ave.

Blood pressure screenings. 10-11:30 a.m. every Friday. Free. Cypress Senior Center, 9031 Grindlay St. 714-229-2005.

ALS support group. for people with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), their families and friends. Sponsored by the ALS Association, Greater Los Angeles chapter. Noon-1:30 p.m. third Friday of the month. City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Family Health Education Center, 3820 Cherry Ave. 818-865-8067, Ext. 234.

Dental screening. for seniors age 50 and older. 10 a.m. third Friday of the month. Free. Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. 562-929-5580.


LGBT Co-Dependents Anonymous group. A 12-step fellowship for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community for recovery from codependence and to develop and maintain healthy and loving relationships. 7-8:30 p.m. every Saturday. First Lutheran Church, second floor library, 905 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. for information, contact Vincent, 562-453-9554 or .


Multiple sclerosis support group. for persons with MS, family members, friends and caregivers. 1-3 p.m. third Sunday of the month. Lakewood Youth Center, 4658 Woodruff Ave. at Sunday’s meeting, a speaker from the Multiple Sclerosis Society will discuss Walk MS Long Beach, scheduled April 28 at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool area. Registration forms and information will be available for anyone who wants to participate or help with the event. for information, call Fran Itkoff, 562-925-4405.

SOS (Survivors of Suicide). Support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide recently or in the past. Free and nondenominational. 1:30-3:30 p.m. first and third Sunday of the month. Crystal Cathedral, second floor of the Tower of Hope, 12141 Lewis St., Garden Grove. 714-539-1429.


Nar-Anon. the Long Beach family group, Healing Hearts, offers support for family and friends of drug addicts. 7 p.m. every Monday. Community Grace Brethren Church, 5885 Downey Ave., Long Beach. 562-490-4689, 888-297-9560,

Gentle yoga. all levels. Contract class with city of Long Beach. 9:45-10:45 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Walk-in fee $7. Recreation Park, 4900 E. Seventh St., Long Beach. Registration: 562-750-3111 or


Ovarian and gynecologic cancer support group. for women diagnosed with ovarian, cervical, uterine and other gynecologic cancers. 4:30-6 p.m. first and third Tuesday of the month. Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Women’s second Floor Conference Room, 2801 Atlantic Ave. 562-933-0959.

La Leche League of Long Beach. Support group for mothers wishing to breast-feed. 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. 2512 Nipomo Ave. 562-804-8725.

Grandparents as Parents. Support group for grandparents or other caregiving relatives raising grandchildren. Free. 9:30-11:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Salvation Army building, 455 E. Spring St., Long Beach. 562-921-7554 or 562-421-7213.

Stroke support group. for stroke survivors and family members/caregivers. 10-11:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Call 562-537-0556 for location.

Recovery International. the group teaches participants skills for coping with anxiety, depression and anger. 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Burns Community Center, 5510 Clark St., Lakewood. Donations requested but not required. for information, call Bob at 562-343-5195 or go to


Bereavement support group. Ongoing program for anyone who has lost a loved one includes discussions on the grief process, life after loss, depression, loneliness and positive transitions. 1-2:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Free. Cypress Senior Center, 9031 Grindlay St. 714-229-2005.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Weight-loss support group. 6 p.m. every Wednesday. First meeting is free. Conference Room C of office building at Grace Brethren Church, 3590 Elm Ave., Long Beach. for information, leave a message for Jan at 562-427-0575 or contact 800-932-8677,

Coming up

Cypress Senior Center programs. Free one-hour presentations on various health topics. “How to Choose a Home Care Agency,” 10:30 a.m. March 22; “Depression: when It’s More than just the Blues,” 10:30 a.m. March 29. Cypress Senior Center, 9031 Grindlay St. 714-229-2005.

Be More Healthy Expo. Health and fitness vendors, health screenings and more. Presented by the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce, City of Seal Beach and Seal Beach Lions Club. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 24. Eisenhower Park by the Seal Beach Pier. 562-799-0179.

Introduction to Ayurveda. Basics of the holistic healing system from which yoga originates. Free. 10-11:30 a.m. March 28. Cypress Senior Center, 9031 Grindlay St. 714-229-2005.

COPD: what You Need to Know. Dr. Marc Baskin, allergy and immunology specialist from Pioneer Medical Group, discusses symptoms, risk factors and treatment options for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Participants must be at least age 50. 1 p.m. March 28. Cerritos Senior Center, 12340 South St. 562-916-8550.

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