St. John Medical Center Spring Health Brochure

 

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FREE CEU Programs

How Palliative Care can Help Patients with Dementia and decrease 30-day Hospital Returns
Jan Lovelace, Hospice of the Western Reserve
Sponsored by Hospice of the Western Reserve, Lutheran Home of Concord Reserve and SJMC
At the end of this program the student will be able to:
·        Define how pallative care differs from hospice care
·        Describe how pallative care meets the needs of the patient and the family
·        Discuss how out-patient pallative care can be utillized upon hospital discharge, help prevent frequent readmissions to the hospital and discuss any misunderstanding abouthospice and pallative care.
Monday, March 4
7:30 am – Registration and
8:00 am – CE program
Lutherean Home of Copncord Reserve
2116 Dover Center Rd, Westlake
1 CE for nurses, social workers, counselors and physicians
RSVP: 877-597-6348

Now What Was I Saying?
Steffani Baker, Alzheimer’s Association
Sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association, Life Care Center of Westlake and SJMC
This program will discuss how the brain works, how we remember things and ways to enhance memory overall.
Thursday, March 7
5:00 pm – Regisitration and supper
5:30 pm – CE program
Life Care Center of Westlake
26520 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake
1 – CE  for nurses and social workers
RSVP:  877-597-6348

Walking the Path of Dementia
Lisa Anthony, Arden Courts Marketing
Sponsored by Arden Courts and SJMC
This is an interactive presentation offering a look into the disabilities of dementia and tips on how to provide support and care to people with dementia
Wednesday, March 14
11:45am – Registration and light lunch
12:00 pm – CE program
Arden Courts
28400 Center Ridge Rd. Westlake
1 – CE for nurses and social workers
RSVP: 877-597-6348

“Too Much Stuff:  Hoarding Behaviors, What They Mean And How To Help”
Terry Fries-Maloy, MSW, LISW, Care Coordinator, Hickman & Lowder Co., L.P.A.
Sponsored by Hickman & Lowder Co. L.P.A.  Independence Village and SJMC
Researchers say that between 2% and 5% of the population exhibit hoarding behaviors.  Hoarding is more than collecting.  It is the accumulation of too many items and the lack of ability of the part of the hoarder to organize and get rid of the excess items.  This discussion will outline the symptoms, the known causes and ways to help those who hoard.
Wednesday, March 20
7:30 am – Registration and Breakfast
8:00 am – CE program
Independence Village
345 Lear Road, Avon Lake
1 – CE social workers
RSVP:  877-597-6348

HEALTH SCREENINGS

Wellness literature available at all screenings  Screening may be cancelled due to inclement weather

FREE HEART HEALTHY SCREENINGS
These screenings include cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure.
No fasting required for these screenings.
No reservations needed. No Fasting required
Depression screening **

Dwyer Memorial Senior Center **
300 Bryson Lane, Bay Village
Friday, March 22
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Bradley Bay Assisted Living
605 Bradley Rd.
Thursday, April 25
9:00 – 11:00 am

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS

Avon Lake –Old Firehouse Community Center
100 Avon Belden Rd. Avon Lake
Third Tuesday of every month
12:30 – 2:00 pm

Dwyer Memorial Senior Center
300 Bryson Lane, Bay Village
Third Tuesday of each month
9:30 – 11:30 am

Emerald Village
30344 Lorain Rd. North Olmsted.
First Tuesday of every month
9:30 – 11am

Our House
27633 Bassett Rd., Westlake
2nd Monday of every month
10:00 – 11:30 am

North Olmsted Senior Center
28114 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted
First and third Mondays of the month
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Westlake Recreation Center
28955 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake
2nd  Monday, every month,  9-11 am
4th  Monday, every month,   6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Westlake Center for Community Services
29694 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake
Thursdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

West Shore Family Branch YMCA
1575 Columbia Rd.
First Monday of every month
9:00 am- 11:00 am
3rd Wednesday of every month
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Northridge Apartments
35900 Westminister Ave, North Ridgeville
2nd Tuesday of every month
From 9:30 – 11:00 am

Rocky River Senior Center
21014 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River
2nd & 4th Monday of every month
12:30 -3:00  pm

French Creek YMCA
2010 Recreation Lane, Avon
1st Monday of every month
6:00 pm- 7:30 pm

Free Balance Screenings
Westlake Family Health Center
26908 Detroit Rd, Westlake
Suite 300 Rehab Services
“Please call 440-414-6050 to schedule the screen as space is limited.”.

FREE AUDIOLOGY
Westlake Hearing and Speech
29101 Health Campus Dr. Westlake
Bldg. 2, Second Floor, Suite 290
Call for free appointment at 440-835-6160

IMMUNIZATIONS SECTION

LOW-COST IMMUNIZATIONS
Offered by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health
At  SJMC Community Outreach Center
Fridays, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
29160 Center Ridge Rd., Suite R
By Appointment only, Call 216-201-2041

COMMUNITY INFORMATION SECTION

Mobile Medical Care provides traditional physician house calls (office visits) for the homebound elderly (either at home or in an assisted living facility).  Patients must be age 65 years or older and have traditional Medicare coverage.  Continuity of care is provided through regular visits from the physician and nurse on a monthly or bi-monthly schedule.  For questions or for more information call 440-617-9029.

Health Care Access is a program designed as a resource to access healthcare services for the uninsured.  Program referrals can be made by anyone including community agencies, churches and physician offices.  Contact 440-925-0010.

The Senior Supper Club
Seniors can eat at St. John Medical Center Cafeteria for 40% discount price off regular cafeteria prices. Supper times are 7 days a week from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  Just be sure to bring in your card.
Anyone over the age of 60 years can apply for a “Senior Supper Club Card”.
Seniors can pick up a Senior Supper Club Card from Westlake Center for Community Services and the North Olmstead Senior Center.  Once they have their card they may come to the Cafeteria at St. John’s Medical Center and receive a 40% discount on all food except bottled beverages and “Simply to Go” items. There is a $10.00 limit per customer for the discount, after that the items are full price.  For information they may call either Senior Center North Olmsted 440-777-8100 or Westlake Center for Community Services.  (440) 899-3544

Prescription Drop Boxes

Do you have old, left-over or expired medications around your house?  You can safely dispose of these medications, without harming the environment.  Prescription Drug Drop Boxes are located at the Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake Police Departments.   Any medications with the EXCEPTION of liquids or syringes can be dropped off.  Simply black-out your information with permanent marker, or remove the labels.  This effort helps with the prevention of prescription drug abuse and crime and also helps keep our environment safe.  Contact your local police department for more information.

HEALTH TOPICS

Making the Transition:  What to Consider When Considering a Move to Independent Living or Assisted Living
Terry Fries-Maloy, MSW, LISW, Hickman and Lowder  Co. LPA
Sponsored by Hickman and Lowder, North Olmsted Senior Center and SJMC
Why would I move?  When would I move?  Where would I move?  How would I move?  If you are contemplating a move from your current residence into the world of senior housing, you are encouraged to attend this informal discussion about your options and how to get from ‘here’ to ‘there’.
Thursday, January 17
12:15 pm
North Olmsted Senior Center
28114 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted
RSVP:  440-777-8100
Or
Tuesday, April 9
10 am
Avon Lake Senior Center
100 Avon Belden Rd, Avon Lake
RSVP:  440-930-4135

Art for Relaxation: Drawing out your Soul-Touch Drawing
Mollie Postotnik, Hospice of the Western Reserve
Sponsored by Hospice of the Western Reserve, Westlake Center for Community Services and SJMC
Relax and enjoy accessing the imagery of your soul as you use this unique printmaking process. The first week, we will create the prints and “mine” for images. The second week, we will add color. The focus will be on the creative process.
Healing Arts Workshops provide grieving people with a creative outlet for their grief and are open to all grieving people. No art experience is necessary. Suggested $5.00 donation for supplies.
Tuesdays, March 12 & 19, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Westlake Center for Community Services
29694 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, 44145
Call Mollie Postotnik at (216) 486-6544 or email her at mpostotnik@hospicewr.org to register no later than four days in advance of workshop date.

Colon Cancer: Preventable – Treatable – Beatable OK

Gauri Wadhwa, MPH, CHES  |  Health Initiatives Representative

Sponsored by American Cancer Society and SJMC

Come and learn what colon cancer is, how common it is, causes, risk factors, prevention and tests to find it.

Wednesday, March 6

1:00 pm

French Creek YMCA

2010 Recreation Lane, Avon

RSVP:  440-934-7812

Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease  OK   35*
Timothy Taylor, DO, Pulmonary Medicine at SJMC
Sponsored by Bradley Bay and SJMC
Come with your questions concerning COPD, Emphysema and Asthma.  Dr. Taylor will cover diagnosing, treatment options and future direction for treating these common lung diseases.
Wednesday, March 13
10:00 am  light refreshments and talk
Bradley Bay Assisted Living
605 Bradley Rd., Bay Village
RSVP:  877-597-6348

Why do I need a Will and What happens if I don’t have one  OK  40*
BY  Attorney Lisa Montoni Garvin
Sponsored by Hickman & Lowder Co., L.P.A.  the Normandy and SJMC
Have you considered what will happen to your assets if something should happen to you?  The best time to create your estate plan is when disability, dementia, and death are the furthest thing from your mind.  It’s never too early to ensure that your decisions about your property are carried out.
Wednesday, March 13
2:00 pm health talk and light refreshments
The Normandy
22701 Lake Road, Rocky River
RSVP:  440-333-5401

Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease: Early Detection Matters OK  35
By Mary Lambert, Western Region Manager, Alzheimer’s Association, SJMC and Independence Village
Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. Avon Lake Senior center and SJMC
Knowing the signs to look for are key in early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other related dementias because they provide the best opportunities for treatment, support and planning for the future.
Thursday, March 14
10:00 am
Avon Lake Senior Center
100 Avon Belden Rd, Avon Lake
RSVP:  440-930-4135

Caring for the Caregiver OK  30  *
Mary Lambert from Alzheimer’s Association, Chris Nelson from Lakewood Geriatric Assessment Center and an Elder Law attorney
Sponsored by  Alzheimer’s Association and SJMC
This program will feature a panel of experts that will provide answers to your questions about:   Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, legal and financial issues when diagnosed with some form of dementia and where to go for information and support.

Wednesday, March 20

6 PM.  Dinner

6:30 presentation

Normandy Manor

22709 Lake Rd, Rocky River

RSVP:  440-333-5400

Vitamin Deficiencies in Seniors – Myth vs Truth OK  50
Tony Ciaccia, RPh  SJMC
Sponsored by Rocky River Senior Center and SJMC
A review of vitamins and minerals that we know affect our health.  What are safe and usual doses.
Wednesday, March 20
1 pm
Rocky River Senior Center
21014 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River
RSVP:  440-333-6660

“What’s New With Medicare?   OK 50 people*
Loretta Serrano
Sponsored by The Gardens of Westlake, SJMC
Come and learn the latest industry information on costs, deductibles, benefits, regulations, and changes of Medicare for 2013
Monday, March 25
2:30 pm – refreshment and talk
The Gardens of Westlake
27569 Detroit Rd. Westlake
RSVP:  877-597-6348

Planning for Healthcare Costs in Retirement OK*
Richard Sofka,  Merrill Lynch
Sponsored by Merrill Lynch, Manor Care and SJMC
Come to this informal talk and learn the importance of planning for healthcare cost, coverage options before and after age 65 and preparing for a healthy and financially sound retirement.
Tuesday, March 26
5:15 pm – dinner
5:30 pm presentation
Manor Care of North Olmsted
23225 Lorain Rd. North Olmsted
RSVP:  440-779-6900

The Bridge from Anything Bad to Everything Good OK  45*
Chuck Behrens, M.Div, Hospice of the Western Reserve
Sponsored by the Hospice of the Westlake Village and SJMC
At the end of this program the sudent shoul be able to:
·        identify the essential componets of compassion and the importance if using compassion as a “bridge” to our well-bein and for those in our care
·        Describe how the “Want to’s” is half og the “How-To” for providing compassionate care.
Wednesday, March 27
7:00 pm  talk and light refreshments
Westlake Village
28550 Westlake Village Dr.  Westlake
RSVP:  440-892-4200

CARDIOVASCULAR

Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad, and the Triglycerides  OK*
Deb Recko MN, RN-BC, Manager, SJMC Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Sponsored by Dwyer Memorial Senior Center and SJMC
Learn what is cholesterol, what does it do, why such a focus on cholesterol numbers, and should the numbers be raised or lowered.
Friday, March 15
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Dwyer Memorial Senior Center
300 Bryson Rd, Bay Village
RSVP:  440-835-6565

Classes

6:00 – 9:30 pm
St. John Medical Center
Community Outreach Center
29160 Center Ridge Rd.
Suite R.  Westlake
Cost: $25.00 per person
Limited space available – Must be at least 15 years of age.

RSVP:  877-597-6348

AHA Heartsaver CPR – 12
One-person adult, child, and infant CPR with choking rescues for lay people.
There must be a minimum of at least 6 people per class otherwise the class will be cancelled.  This class is NOT intended for Healthcare providers.
Thursdays , March 14

Diabetes Programming

2013

2013 Diabetes Classes

All Classes are held at the Westlake Family Health Center
26908 Detroit Rd, Suite 300, Westlake, Ohio

Working together to improve the wellness of people with diabetes and prevent diabetes in those at risk.

Diabetes is a serious, lifelong disease. We are here to partner with you to reduce your risk for complications and effectively self-manage diabetes.
Group classes and one-on-one education are available.
Group classes are designed to provide basic and advanced education on diabetes self-management. One-on-one education is for individualized diet and meal planning instruction, blood glucose monitoring (proper technique ensures accuracy of results and using the results to adjust lifestyle as appropriate) and insulin administration. Counseling for weight loss and lifestyle modification also available.

A physician referral is required. (Charges for group classes or individualized instruction are generally billed to insurance providers. If you lack insurance coverage for diabetes education, you may still be able to receive services if you qualify. Please contact us at the number below.
We are a Medicare provider.  To register for group education classes and/or individual instruction call scheduling toll free at 440-827-5335.  Individualized appts. meet on the 1st floor of the Westlake Family Health Center.
Group classes meet on the 3rd floor of the Westlake Family Health Center.
All diabetes education and classes meet at the Westlake Family Health Center not SJMC

March  5, 12, 19, 26        Days  2-30-4:00 pm

Diabetes Support Group Meetings  7:30 – 9:00 pm   cross check with Support group

March- 21
April- 18

Mental Well Being

Meditation 101
Lydia Gadd, MA, LPCC-S, Director of Community Outreach, SJMC
Sponsored by UH Connor Integrative Medicine Network and SJMC
Explore and experience the benefits of meditation as a relaxation technique, and learn the many ways to meditate.  Choose one four-week series.
Cost:  $ 60.00  for community
$40.00 for UH/SJMC employees
Thursdays:
March 7, 14, 21, 28
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
SJMC Community Outreach
29160 Center Ridge Rd. Suite R., Westlake
RSVP: 216-767-8435

Orthopedics

SPINE/Ortho Center

Options for Reducing Hip and Knee Pain!

Paul Forthofer, BS, ED, SJMC Service Line Educator

Come learn about the causes of pain, plus the latest medical and surgical treatment options including alternative treatments

2nd Thursday of Every other month starting in September

10:00am –11:00am  and 6:00 pm  – 7:00 pm

St. John Medical Center

29000 Center Ridge Rd. Wesltalke

4th floor Spine/Ortho Unit – Common Room

Seating is limited and RSVP is required, so please call 877-597-6348

Do You Have a Pain in the Neck or Back?

Paul Forthofer, BS, ED, SJMC Service Line Educator

If so our spine pain seminar is the place for you.  Join us and learn the causes of neck and back pain as well as the latest medical and surgical treatment options, including nutrition and exercises.

4th Thursday of every other month starting in September

10:00 am and 6:00 pm

10:00am –11:00am  and 6:00 pm  – 7:00 pm

St. John Medical Center

29000 Center Ridge Rd. Westlake

4th floor Spine/Ortho Unit – Common Room

Seating is limited and RSVP is required, so please call 877-597-6348

Community Talks

Do You Have a Pain in the Neck or Back? OK  *

Paul Forthofer, BS, ED, Service Line Educator

Sponsored Avon Senior Center and SJMC

You DON’T have to live with neck or back pain!! There are options!
Join us to learn about the different aspects of neck and back pain. We will discuss the various causes of back pain, alternative treatments, as well as the latest medical and surgical options. Come and learn from our Service Line Educator the latest information.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

10 am

Avon Senior Center

36786 Detroit Rd. Avon

RSVP:  440-934-2417

UROLOGY

Urinary Incontinence is a common medical problem that affects more than 13 million men and women every day. In fact one in every four women and one in every nine men suffer from urinary incontinence.  It can leave you feeling embarrassed, isolated and frustrated over not having control of your own body.

Take Control

Paul Forthofer, BS, ED, SJMC Service Line Educator

Please plan to attend a urodynamic informational program on this common and often not talked about problem.  You will learn why incontinence occurs as well as the different treatments available from conservative to state of the art surgical procedures.  Times: 10:00am and 6:00 pm
Third Thursday of every other month starting in September
SJMC
29000 Center Ridge Rd.
4th floor Spine/Ortho Unit – Common Room

Seating is limited and RSVP is required, so please call 877-597-6348

SUPPORT GROUPS
St. John Medical Center sponsors a variety of support groups for area residents who join together to face life’s many challenges.
These groups do not meet on holidays

GENERAL

Adult ADHD Support Group
Conducted by ADHD Coach Joyce Kubik.
Join others with ADHD to learn how they manage daily concerns, and gain a positive insight to living with ADHD.
Non-ADHD spouses are welcome.  Occasional guest speakers.
When: 2nd Thurs of every month, no meeting in Dec
Times: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
St. John Medical Center Community Outreach Center
29160 Center Ridge Road, Suite R, Westlake
Information? Call Joyce 440-933-8309 or email at joyce@bridgetosuccess.net

Child ADHD Support Group for Parents
Join other parents who have children with ADHD to discuss effective ways to not only cope but to help children take ownership of their disorder.    Occasional guest speakers provided.
When:  4th Thursday of every month except November and December
Times:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
St. John Medical Center Community Outreach Center
29160 Center Ridge Road, Suite R, Westlake
For information call Joyce 440-933-8309 or email at joyce@bridgetosuccess.net

Low Vision Support Group through the Cleveland Low Vision Center
Westlake Village hosts the Low Vision Support Group through the Cleveland Low Vision Center.
This monthly meeting is open to all patients with any type of vision loss or impairment. It is an excellent source of empathy and practical advice run by blind and visually impaired persons with the help of sighted volunteers. All are invited to share experiences, insights and the special camaraderie of those who have lost vision. Various speakers and community members are invited to present on an array of topics such as safety, overall health, technology advances and more. Group discussions are encouraged to share successes and struggles.
440-892-4200 with any questions
1st Friday of every month in the Dover Room
At 1 – 3 pm.
Contact Sarah Pechaitis at 440-892-4200for questions
Westlake Village
28550 Westlake Village Dr. Westlake

Sight Support
Coordinator: Ann Allen retired RN
The group offers support, assistance and information regarding all aspects of vision loss.
Rocky River Senior Center
21014 Hilliard Blvd.
Meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10AM
Call to make a reservation: 440-333-6660

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis and their families and invited to join this group.  Members share experiences with other individuals dealing with MS who can understand and identify with them.
Second Wednesday of every other month starting in March at/7:00pm  North Olmsted Senior Center/ 28114 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted
For more information contact 440-777-8100

Better Breathers Club
A support group for those people suffering from lung disease.
Various topics chosen by members are discussed.
First Tuesday of every other month starting in August
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
SJMC Westlake Family Health Center
26908 Detroit Road, Suite 300, Westlake
For more information call 440-250-2042 or Lynn.Gorton@csauh.com

Over Breathers Anonymous
A bi-monthly review of breathing techniques for patients who have lung disease and anxiety problems.  Individuals must have had some previous experience in attending some formal Buteyko techniques.  Contact: Lynn Gorton RRT, Buteyko Breathing Educator (BBE).  At 440 -250-2042 or
Tuesdays
From 1 – 2 pm
SJMC Westlake Family Health Center
26908 Detroit Road, Suite 300, Westlake
For more information call 440-250-2042  or email Lynn.Gorton@csauh.com

A Second Chance- A Lung Transplant Support Group
This monthly group is for anyone who is considering or has received a lung transplant.  Family and friends are welcome.
Meets second Monday of every month
6:00 pm -8:00 pm
SJMC Westlake Family Health Center
26908 Detroit Road, Suite 300, Westlake
For more information call 440-250-2042  or email Lynn.Gorton@csauh.com

Addiction sections
GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS SUPPORT MEETING
Closed Therapy 12 Step Meeting for people who think they have a gambling problem. This is a group meeting to find out if you are a compulsive gambler.
Open therapy to get an understanding how to overcome the compulsion to gamble. Gamblers Anonymous is a worldwide organization committed to help compulsive gamblers. All you need is a desire to stop gambling to attend.
For more info contact Matt R. at 440-752-3315 or Gamblers Anonymous at 1-626-960-3500 for a meeting in your area. Or go to gamblersanonymous.com
Every Saturday morning @ 10:00 am to 11:00am
SJMC Community Outreach Center, 29160 Center Ridge Rd. Suite R. Westlake

Overeaters Anonymous
Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope are recovering from compulsive overeating.  We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees for members.
Meets on Sunday mornings at
10:00 – 11:00am
SJMC
29000 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake
Building 2, 1st floor, Aud B

Food Addicts Anonymous
Offers hope and recovery for the disease of food addiction.  Support group for obesity, anorexia, and bulimia.
Meets every Friday at 7:00 pm in Aud. B, and Sunday at 6:00 pm in Aud A
SJMC
29000 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake
Building 2, 1st floor,
For more information or questions call Kay at 216-548-3366 or Gloria at 440-327-9492

CAREGIVER SUPPORT

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Groups
Facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Association
“The Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Support Groups are designed to provide emotional, educational, and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. They help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. The groups encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical, and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia. For information or questions, please call 1-800-272-3900.”
·         North Olmsted Senior Center
28114 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted
1st Monday of the month at 2:30 pm

·        Westbay Care and Rehab Center
27601 Westchester Parkway, Westlake
2nd Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm

·        Alzheimer’s Association
38440 Chester Rd., Avon
1st Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm

Caring for the Caregiver
Caregivers are often so concerned with caring for their loved ones needs that they lose sight of their own well being.  In this support group you will be able to share stories, ideas and advice to others who are taking care of a loved one.  Professional guest speakers are here to assist you.   Light refreshments provided.  Meets the last Thursday of each month from 1:30 – 3: pm.  RSVP by the 20th of each month at 440-871-0090.
Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve, 2116 Dover Center, Westlake

BEREAVEMENT
New Beginnings
Facilitated by Hospice of the Western Reserve
A monthly support group for young widows and widowers (age 55 and younger). This group is open-ended and on-going.
Second Wednesday of every month
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
SJMC Community Outreach
29160 Center Ridge Rd., Suite R., Westlake
For further information contact the Elizabeth Prentiss Bereavement Center at 216-486-6838

Grief Recovery Program – Moving beyond loss to a richer quality of life
Sponsored by Crossroads Hospice and SJMC
Facilitator – John Monnin, Chaplain
One of the least addressed concerns in our society is grief, the normal and natural reaction to loss.  The Grief Recovery program will guide those who wish to resolve their loss issues and move beyond their grief to a richer quality of life. This program is 12 weeks long and is free to the community.
Wednesdays –  January 16 through April 3
May 15 through July 31
September 4 through November 20
Time:  12:30 – 2 pm
SJMC Community Outreach
29160 Center Ridge Rd. Suite R, Westlake
RSVP or questions to John at 216-654-9300

CANCER
Hope Group
A support group for newly diagnosed breast cancer individuals and for Breast Cancer survivors.
Facilitators:  Joyce Forristell, CBPN-IC and Lydia Gadd, LPCC-S
First Wednesday of every month
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
SJMC Community Outreach
29160 Center Ridge Rd. Suite R., Westlake
For questions or RSVP: call Joyce Forristell, CBPN-IC at 440-827-5459

Cancer Support Groups
“I Am Not Alone”
For all cancer survivors, family and friends.
Meets second Tuesday of every month
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SJWS Community Outreach Center
29160 Center Ridge Rd., Suite R., Westlake
For information on above cancer support group, call Facilitator Tina Hlaverty, RN
216-476-1717

Diabetes
Diabetes Support Group
This is a support group for persons with diabetes and their families.  Members enjoy the support, encouragement, and friendship of their peers. For more information, call DeAna Rodriguez, RN, at 440-827-5341.
All meetings are held at the
Westlake Family Health Center
26908 Detroit Rd, Suite 300, Westlake, Ohio
Meetings are free. No physician referral is required.
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month
No support group in August or December

Diabetes Support Group Meetings  7:30 – 9:00 pm

Diabetes Support Group
Westlake Village Staff hosts the Diabetes Support Group on the 2nd Thursday of every month in the Dover room At 2 :00 pm
Participants are encouraged to share their successes and challenges for the benefit of the group.   Speakers, medical news and diet updates to support a healthy lifestyle for those dealing with Diabetes will be featured.
For questions call Julia Gruss at 440-892-6240
Westlake Village
28550 Westlake Village Dr. Westlake

Westlake Center for Community Services Diabetes Support Group
Meets the second Tuesday of every month
11:00 am
Westlake Center for Community Services
29694 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake
For information contact Sue Venick at 440-899-3544

Diabetes Support Group
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month a from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Avon Lake United Church of Christ: 32801 Electric Blvd. Avon Lake.  RSVP preferred, call  440-933-3241

Diabetes Empowerment Group
Rocky River Senior Center (21012 Hilliard Blvd.)
4th Wednesday of each month at from 1 pm – 2:30 pm.
A staff member from the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland presents a different diabetes related topic.  This is for people with diabetes, people at risk for diabetes, and their family/friends.  All topics are based around developing healthy behaviors to better manage diabetes. To Register call – 440-333-6660

Postnatal Support Groups

New Mom’s Group

No matter if this is your first or fifth newborn; receive the support of other new mothers with infants. Discuss current concerns, learn stages of growth and development, community resources and interact with other mothers.
Every Thursday,
1:00 pm – 3: 00 p.m.
SJMC Community Outreach
29160 Center Ridge Rd., Suite R. Westlake
Free and no registration needed

Breastfeeding Group
Come and meet with other moms who have experienced the joy of breastfeeding and have all your questions answered.  This group is facilitated by an International Board Certified Lactation consultant.
Every Wednesday
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
SJMC Community Outreach
29160 Center Ridge Rd., Suite R, Westlake
Free and no registration needed

Stroke/Parkinson Support Group
Westlake Center for Community Services
29694 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake
Meets the first Monday of every month at 1:00pm-3:00pm.
(March through December)
This is a free, interactive support group.
Each meeting will provide education and support to those affected and their loved ones.
Speakers, Q&A, discussion and support.  Light refreshments served.
Facilitators: Ellen Rogers, BSN, and Trudy Tift, RN, SJMC
Sponsored by SJMC, Westlake Center for Community Services, Devon Oaks and Rae Ann.  For information, contact Sue Venick at 440-899-3544

WOMENS’ SERVICES

Look Good/ Feel Better
Joyce Forristell, CBPM-IC, SJMS Breast Health Coordinator
Sponsored by: The American Cancer Society, The National Cosmetology Association and The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation
Cancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite and strength. It doesn’t have to take away her self-confidence.  Look Good/Feel Better is a free program that teaches beauty techniques for cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side affects of treatments.  Our Look Good/Feel Better program is like a make-over for the spirit.
Monday – March 11,
2- 4 pm
SJMC Community Outreach
29160 Center Ridge Rd. Suite R, Westlake
For more information or registration, please call 1-800-227-2345

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION & PROGRAMS

If you are planning on delivering or thinking about delivering at St. John Medical Center,  please feel free to call the Maternity Dept at 440-827-5093 and schedule a tour.  You to ask questions of the caregivers, see a labor and delivery room, and meet the staff.

Monthly Car Seat Inspection Location
St. John Medical Center Community Outreach Center and WFD
By appointment only.  Call 440-827-5440 to schedule your appt. on the 1st Wednesday morning of every month.

MOPS – Mothers of Preschoolers
Facilitated by Chris Spagnola
Sponsored by MOPS International and SJMC
MOPS is about meeting the needs of every mom of a child from conception through kindergarten. At MOPS you’ll experience authentic community, mothering support, personal growth and spiritual hope, all to help you be the best mom possible. Better Moms Make a Better World. Each month a new topic is presented. Such topics include: Depression, Marriage/Relationship Panel, Faith Connection, Tea and Testimony, Mom Swap.
Childcare is provided and the first meeting is free.
Meets the 2nd Friday of every month from September through May at 9:15am – 11:30 am
30635 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted
For information/RSVP: 440-777-3333 or Facebook.com/CTKMOPS
Health Brochure Spring/ 2013

FREE CEU Programs

How Palliative Care can Help Patients with Dementia and decrease 30-day Hospital Returns
Jan Lovelace, Hospice of the Western Reserve
Sponsored by Hospice of the Western Reserve, Lutheran Home of Concord Reserve and SJMC
At the end of this program the student will be able to:
·        Define how pallative care differs from hospice care
·        Describe how pallative care meets the needs of the patient and the family
·        Discuss how out-patient pallative care can be utillized upon hospital discharge, help prevent frequent readmissions to the hospital and discuss any misunderstanding abouthospice and pallative care.
Monday, March 4
7:30 am – Registration and
8:00 am – CE program
Lutherean Home of Copncord Reserve
2116 Dover Center Rd, Westlake
1 CE for nurses, social workers, counselors and physicians
RSVP: 877-597-6348

Now What Was I Saying?
Steffani Baker, Alzheimer’s Association
Sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association, Life Care Center of Westlake and SJMC
This program will discuss how the brain works, how we remember things and ways to enhance memory overall.
Thursday, March 7
5:00 pm – Regisitration and supper
5:30 pm – CE program
Life Care Center of Westlake
26520 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake
1 – CE  for nurses and social workers
RSVP:  877-597-6348

Walking the Path of Dementia
Lisa Anthony, Arden Courts Marketing
Sponsored by Arden Courts and SJMC
This is an interactive presentation offering a look into the disabilities of dementia and tips on how to provide support and care to people with dementia
Wednesday, March 14
11:45am – Registration and light lunch
12:00 pm – CE program
Arden Courts
28400 Center Ridge Rd. Westlake
1 – CE for nurses and social workers
RSVP: 877-597-6348

“Too Much Stuff:  Hoarding Behaviors, What They Mean And How To Help”
Terry Fries-Maloy, MSW, LISW, Care Coordinator, Hickman & Lowder Co., L.P.A.
Sponsored by Hickman & Lowder Co. L.P.A.  Independence Village and SJMC
Researchers say that between 2% and 5% of the population exhibit hoarding behaviors.  Hoarding is more than collecting.  It is the accumulation of too many items and the lack of ability of the part of the hoarder to organize and get rid of the excess items.  This discussion will outline the symptoms, the known causes and ways to help those who hoard.
Wednesday, March 20
7:30 am – Registration and Breakfast
8:00 am – CE program
Independence Village
345 Lear Road, Avon Lake
1 – CE social workers
RSVP:  877-597-6348

HEALTH SCREENINGS

Wellness literature available at all screenings  Screening may be cancelled due to inclement weather

FREE HEART HEALTHY SCREENINGS
These screenings include cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure.
No fasting required for these screenings.
No reservations needed. No Fasting required
Depression screening **

Dwyer Memorial Senior Center **
300 Bryson Lane, Bay Village
Friday, March 22
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Bradley Bay Assisted Living
605 Bradley Rd.
Thursday, April 25
9:00 – 11:00 am

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS

Avon Lake –Old Firehouse Community Center
100 Avon Belden Rd. Avon Lake
Third Tuesday of every month
12:30 – 2:00 pm

Dwyer Memorial Senior Center
300 Bryson Lane, Bay Village
Third Tuesday of each month
9:30 – 11:30 am

Emerald Village
30344 Lorain Rd. North Olmsted.
First Tuesday of every month
9:30 – 11am

Our House
27633 Bassett Rd., Westlake
2nd Monday of every month
10:00 – 11:30 am

North Olmsted Senior Center
28114 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted
First and third Mondays of the month
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Westlake Recreation Center
28955 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake
2nd  Monday, every month,  9-11 am
4th  Monday, every month,   6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Westlake Center for Community Services
29694 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake
Thursdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

West Shore Family Branch YMCA
1575 Columbia Rd.
First Monday of every month
9:00 am- 11:00 am
3rd Wednesday of every month
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Northridge Apartments
35900 Westminister Ave, North Ridgeville
2nd Tuesday of every month
From 9:30 – 11:00 am

Rocky River Senior Center
21014 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River
2nd & 4th Monday of every month
12:30 -3:00  pm

French Creek YMCA
2010 Recreation Lane, Avon
1st Monday of every month
6:00 pm- 7:30 pm

Free Balance Screenings
Westlake Family Health Center
26908 Detroit Rd, Westlake
Suite 300 Rehab Services
“Please call 440-414-6050 to schedule the screen as space is limited.”.

FREE AUDIOLOGY
Westlake Hearing and Speech
29101 Health Campus Dr. Westlake
Bldg. 2, Second Floor, Suite 290
Call for free appointment at 440-835-6160

IMMUNIZATIONS SECTION

LOW-COST IMMUNIZATIONS
Offered by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health
At  SJMC Community Outreach Center
Fridays, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
29160 Center Ridge Rd., Suite R
By Appointment only, Call 216-201-2041

COMMUNITY INFORMATION SECTION

Mobile Medical Care provides traditional physician house calls (office visits) for the homebound elderly (either at home or in an assisted living facility).  Patients must be age 65 years or older and have traditional Medicare coverage.  Continuity of care is provided through regular visits from the physician and nurse on a monthly or bi-monthly schedule.  For questions or for more information call 440-617-9029.

Health Care Access is a program designed as a resource to access healthcare services for the uninsured.  Program referrals can be made by anyone including community agencies, churches and physician offices.  Contact 440-925-0010.

The Senior Supper Club
Seniors can eat at St. John Medical Center Cafeteria for 40% discount price off regular cafeteria prices. Supper times are 7 days a week from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  Just be sure to bring in your card.
Anyone over the age of 60 years can apply for a “Senior Supper Club Card”.
Seniors can pick up a Senior Supper Club Card from Westlake Center for Community Services and the North Olmstead Senior Center.  Once they have their card they may come to the Cafeteria at St. John’s Medical Center and receive a 40% discount on all food except bottled beverages and “Simply to Go” items. There is a $10.00 limit per customer for the discount, after that the items are full price.  For information they may call either Senior Center North Olmsted 440-777-8100 or Westlake Center for Community Services.  (440) 899-3544

Prescription Drop Boxes

Do you have old, left-over or expired medications around your house?  You can safely dispose of these medications, without harming the environment.  Prescription Drug Drop Boxes are located at the Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake Police Departments.   Any medications with the EXCEPTION of liquids or syringes can be dropped off.  Simply black-out your information with permanent marker, or remove the labels.  This effort helps with the prevention of prescription drug abuse and crime and also helps keep our environment safe.  Contact your local police department for more information.

HEALTH TOPICS

Making the Transition:  What to Consider When Considering a Move to Independent Living or Assisted Living
Terry Fries-Maloy, MSW, LISW, Hickman and Lowder  Co. LPA
Sponsored by Hickman and Lowder, North Olmsted Senior Center and SJMC
Why would I move?  When would I move?  Where would I move?  How would I move?  If you are contemplating a move from your current residence into the world of senior housing, you are encouraged to attend this informal discussion about your options and how to get from ‘here’ to ‘there’.
Thursday, January 17
12:15 pm
North Olmsted Senior Center
28114 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted
RSVP:  440-777-8100
Or
Tuesday, April 9
10 am
Avon Lake Senior Center
100 Avon Belden Rd, Avon Lake
RSVP:  440-930-4135

Art for Relaxation: Drawing out your Soul-Touch Drawing
Mollie Postotnik, Hospice of the Western Reserve
Sponsored by Hospice of the Western Reserve, Westlake Center for Community Services and SJMC
Relax and enjoy accessing the imagery of your soul as you use this unique printmaking process. The first week, we will create the prints and “mine” for images. The second week, we will add color. The focus will be on the creative process.
Healing Arts Workshops provide grieving people with a creative outlet for their grief and are open to all grieving people. No art experience is necessary. Suggested $5.00 donation for supplies.
Tuesdays, March 12 & 19, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Westlake Center for Community Services
29694 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, 44145
Call Mollie Postotnik at (216) 486-6544 or email her at mpostotnik@hospicewr.org to register no later than four days in advance of workshop date.

Colon Cancer: Preventable – Treatable – Beatable OK

Gauri Wadhwa, MPH, CHES  |  Health Initiatives Representative

Sponsored by American Cancer Society and SJMC

Come and learn what colon cancer is, how common it is, causes, risk factors, prevention and tests to find it.

Wednesday, March 6

1:00 pm

French Creek YMCA

2010 Recreation Lane, Avon

RSVP:  440-934-7812

Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease  OK   35*
Timothy Taylor, DO, Pulmonary Medicine at SJMC
Sponsored by Bradley Bay and SJMC
Come with your questions concerning COPD, Emphysema and Asthma.  Dr. Taylor will cover diagnosing, treatment options and future direction for treating these common lung diseases.
Wednesday, March 13
10:00 am  light refreshments and talk
Bradley Bay Assisted Living
605 Bradley Rd., Bay Village
RSVP:  877-597-6348

Why do I need a Will and What happens if I don’t have one  OK  40*
BY  Attorney Lisa Montoni Garvin
Sponsored by Hickman & Lowder Co., L.P.A.  the Normandy and SJMC
Have you considered what will happen to your assets if something should happen to you?  The best time to create your estate plan is when disability, dementia, and death are the furthest thing from your mind.  It’s never too early to ensure that your decisions about your property are carried out.
Wednesday, March 13
2:00 pm health talk and light refreshments
The Normandy
22701 Lake Road, Rocky River
RSVP:  440-333-5401

Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease: Early Detection Matters OK  35
By Mary Lambert, Western Region Manager, Alzheimer’s Association, SJMC and Independence Village
Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. Avon Lake Senior center and SJMC
Knowing the signs to look for are key in early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other related dementias because they provide the best opportunities for treatment, support and planning for the future.
Thursday, March 14
10:00 am
Avon Lake Senior Center
100 Avon Belden Rd, Avon Lake
RSVP:  440-930-4135

Caring for the Caregiver OK  30  *
Mary Lambert from Alzheimer’s Association, Chris Nelson from Lakewood Geriatric Assessment Center and an Elder Law attorney
Sponsored by  Alzheimer’s Association and SJMC
This program will feature a panel of experts that will provide answers to your questions about:   Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, legal and financial issues when diagnosed with some form of dementia and where to go for information and support.

Wednesday, March 20

6 PM.  Dinner

6:30 presentation

Normandy Manor

22709 Lake Rd, Rocky River

RSVP:  440-333-5400

Vitamin Deficiencies in Seniors – Myth vs Truth OK  50
Tony Ciaccia, RPh  SJMC
Sponsored by Rocky River Senior Center and SJMC
A review of vitamins and minerals that we know affect our health.  What are safe and usual doses.
Wednesday, March 20
1 pm
Rocky River Senior Center
21014 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River
RSVP:  440-333-6660

“What’s New With Medicare?   OK 50 people*
Loretta Serrano
Sponsored by The Gardens of Westlake, SJMC
Come and learn the latest industry information on costs, deductibles, benefits, regulations, and changes of Medicare for 2013
Monday, March 25
2:30 pm – refreshment and talk
The Gardens of Westlake
27569 Detroit Rd. Westlake
RSVP:  877-597-6348

Planning for Healthcare Costs in Retirement OK*
Richard Sofka,  Merrill Lynch
Sponsored by Merrill Lynch, Manor Care and SJMC
Come to this informal talk and learn the importance of planning for healthcare cost, coverage options before and after age 65 and preparing for a healthy and financially sound retirement.
Tuesday, March 26
5:15 pm – dinner
5:30 pm presentation
Manor Care of North Olmsted
23225 Lorain Rd. North Olmsted
RSVP:  440-779-6900

The Bridge from Anything Bad to Everything Good OK  45*
Chuck Behrens, M.Div, Hospice of the Western Reserve
Sponsored by the Hospice of the Westlake Village and SJMC
At the end of this program the sudent shoul be able to:
·        identify the essential componets of compassion and the importance if using compassion as a “bridge” to our well-bein and for those in our care
·        Describe how the “Want to’s” is half og the “How-To” for providing compassionate care.
Wednesday, March 27
7:00 pm  talk and light refreshments
Westlake Village
28550 Westlake Village Dr.  Westlake
RSVP:  440-892-4200

CARDIOVASCULAR

Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad, and the Triglycerides  OK*
Deb Recko MN, RN-BC, Manager, SJMC Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Sponsored by Dwyer Memorial Senior Center and SJMC
Learn what is cholesterol, what does it do, why such a focus on cholesterol numbers, and should the numbers be raised or lowered.
Friday, March 15
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Dwyer Memorial Senior Center
300 Bryson Rd, Bay Village
RSVP:  440-835-6565

Classes

6:00 – 9:30 pm
St. John Medical Center
Community Outreach Center
29160 Center Ridge Rd.
Suite R.  Westlake
Cost: $25.00 per person
Limited space available – Must be at least 15 years of age.

RSVP:  877-597-6348

AHA Heartsaver CPR – 12
One-person adult, child, and infant CPR with choking rescues for lay people.
There must be a minimum of at least 6 people per class otherwise the class will be cancelled.  This class is NOT intended for Healthcare providers.
Thursdays , March 14

Diabetes Programming

2013

2013 Diabetes Classes

All Classes are held at the Westlake Family Health Center
26908 Detroit Rd, Suite 300, Westlake, Ohio

Working together to improve the wellness of people with diabetes and prevent diabetes in those at risk.

Diabetes is a serious, lifelong disease. We are here to partner with you to reduce your risk for complications and effectively self-manage diabetes.
Group classes and one-on-one education are available.
Group classes are designed to provide basic and advanced education on diabetes self-management. One-on-one education is for individualized diet and meal planning instruction, blood glucose monitoring (proper technique ensures accuracy of results and using the results to adjust lifestyle as appropriate) and insulin administration. Counseling for weight loss and lifestyle modification also available.

A physician referral is required. (Charges for group classes or individualized instruction are generally billed to insurance providers. If you lack insurance coverage for diabetes education, you may still be able to receive services if you qualify. Please contact us at the number below.
We are a Medicare provider.  To register for group education classes and/or individual instruction call scheduling toll free at 440-827-5335.  Individualized appts. meet on the 1st floor of the Westlake Family Health Center.
Group classes meet on the 3rd floor of the Westlake Family Health Center.
All diabetes education and classes meet at the Westlake Family Health Center not SJMC

March  5, 12, 19, 26        Days  2-30-4:00 pm

Diabetes Support Group Meetings  7:30 – 9:00 pm   cross check with Support group

March- 21
April- 18

Mental Well Being

Meditation 101
Lydia Gadd, MA, LPCC-S, Director of Community Outreach, SJMC
Sponsored by UH Connor Integrative Medicine Network and SJMC
Explore and experience the benefits of meditation as a relaxation technique, and learn the many ways to meditate.  Choose one four-week series.
Cost:  $ 60.00  for community
$40.00 for UH/SJMC employees
Thursdays:
March 7, 14, 21, 28
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
SJMC Community Outreach
29160 Center Ridge Rd. Suite R., Westlake
RSVP: 216-767-8435

Orthopedics

SPINE/Ortho Center

Options for Reducing Hip and Knee Pain!

Paul Forthofer, BS, ED, SJMC Service Line Educator

Come learn about the causes of pain, plus the latest medical and surgical treatment options including alternative treatments

2nd Thursday of Every other month starting in September

10:00am –11:00am  and 6:00 pm  – 7:00 pm

St. John Medical Center

29000 Center Ridge Rd. Wesltalke

4th floor Spine/Ortho Unit – Common Room

Seating is limited and RSVP is required, so please call 877-597-6348

Do You Have a Pain in the Neck or Back?

Paul Forthofer, BS, ED, SJMC Service Line Educator

If so our spine pain seminar is the place for you.  Join us and learn the causes of neck and back pain as well as the latest medical and surgical treatment options, including nutrition and exercises.

4th Thursday of every other month starting in September

10:00 am and 6:00 pm

10:00am –11:00am  and 6:00 pm  – 7:00 pm

St. John Medical Center

29000 Center Ridge Rd. Westlake

4th floor Spine/Ortho Unit – Common Room

Seating is limited and RSVP is required, so please call 877-597-6348

Community Talks

Do You Have a Pain in the Neck or Back? OK  *

Paul Forthofer, BS, ED, Service Line Educator

Sponsored Avon Senior Center and SJMC

You DON’T have to live with neck or back pain!! There are options!
Join us to learn about the different aspects of neck and back pain. We will discuss the various causes of back pain, alternative treatments, as well as the latest medical and surgical options. Come and learn from our Service Line Educator the latest information.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

10 am

Avon Senior Center

36786 Detroit Rd. Avon

RSVP:  440-934-2417

UROLOGY

Urinary Incontinence is a common medical problem that affects more than 13 million men and women every day. In fact one in every four women and one in every nine men suffer from urinary incontinence.  It can leave you feeling embarrassed, isolated and frustrated over not having control of your own body.

Take Control

Paul Forthofer, BS, ED, SJMC Service Line Educator

Please plan to attend a urodynamic informational program on this common and often not talked about problem.  You will learn why incontinence occurs as well as the different treatments available from conservative to state of the art surgical procedures.  Times: 10:00am and 6:00 pm
Third Thursday of every other month starting in September
SJMC
29000 Center Ridge Rd.
4th floor Spine/Ortho Unit – Common Room

Seating is limited and RSVP is required, so please call 877-597-6348

SUPPORT GROUPS
St. John Medical Center sponsors a variety of support groups for area residents who join together to face life’s many challenges.
These groups do not meet on holidays

GENERAL

Adult ADHD Support Group
Conducted by ADHD Coach Joyce Kubik.
Join others with ADHD to learn how they manage daily concerns, and gain a positive insight to living with ADHD.
Non-ADHD spouses are welcome.  Occasional guest speakers.
When: 2nd Thurs of every month, no meeting in Dec
Times: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
St. John Medical Center Community Outreach Center
29160 Center Ridge Road, Suite R, Westlake
Information? Call Joyce 440-933-8309 or email at joyce@bridgetosuccess.net

Child ADHD Support Group for Parents
Join other parents who have children with ADHD to discuss effective ways to not only cope but to help children take ownership of their disorder.    Occasional guest speakers provided.
When:  4th Thursday of every month except November and December
Times:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
St. John Medical Center Community Outreach Center
29160 Center Ridge Road, Suite R, Westlake
For information call Joyce 440-933-8309 or email at joyce@bridgetosuccess.net

Low Vision Support Group through the Cleveland Low Vision Center
Westlake Village hosts the Low Vision Support Group through the Cleveland Low Vision Center.
This monthly meeting is open to all patients with any type of vision loss or impairment. It is an excellent source of empathy and practical advice run by blind and visually impaired persons with the help of sighted volunteers. All are invited to share experiences, insights and the special camaraderie of those who have lost vision. Various speakers and community members are invited to present on an array of topics such as safety, overall health, technology advances and more. Group discussions are encouraged to share successes and struggles.
440-892-4200 with any questions
1st Friday of every month in the Dover Room
At 1 – 3 pm.
Contact Sarah Pechaitis at 440-892-4200for questions
Westlake Village
28550 Westlake Village Dr. Westlake

Sight Support
Coordinator: Ann Allen retired RN
The group offers support, assistance and information regarding all aspects of vision loss.
Rocky River Senior Center
21014 Hilliard Blvd.
Meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10AM
Call to make a reservation: 440-333-6660

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis and their families and invited to join this group.  Members share experiences with other individuals dealing with MS who can understand and identify with them.
Second Wednesday of every other month starting in March at/7:00pm  North Olmsted Senior Center/ 28114 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted
For more information contact 440-777-8100

Better Breathers Club
A support group for those people suffering from lung disease.
Various topics chosen by members are discussed.
First Tuesday of every other month starting in August
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
SJMC Westlake Family Health Center
26908 Detroit Road, Suite 300, Westlake
For more information call 440-250-2042 or Lynn.Gorton@csauh.com

Over Breathers Anonymous
A bi-monthly review of breathing techniques for patients who have lung disease and anxiety problems.  Individuals must have had some previous experience in attending some formal Buteyko techniques.  Contact: Lynn Gorton RRT, Buteyko Breathing Educator (BBE).  At 440 -250-2042 or
Tuesdays
From 1 – 2 pm
SJMC Westlake Family Health Center
26908 Detroit Road, Suite 300, Westlake
For more information call 440-250-2042  or email Lynn.Gorton@csauh.com

A Second Chance- A Lung Transplant Support Group
This monthly group is for anyone who is considering or has received a lung transplant.  Family and friends are welcome.
Meets second Monday of every month
6:00 pm -8:00 pm
SJMC Westlake Family Health Center
26908 Detroit Road, Suite 300, Westlake
For more information call 440-250-2042  or email Lynn.Gorton@csauh.com

Addiction sections
GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS SUPPORT MEETING
Closed Therapy 12 Step Meeting for people who think they have a gambling problem. This is a group meeting to find out if you are a compulsive gambler.
Open therapy to get an understanding how to overcome the compulsion to gamble. Gamblers Anonymous is a worldwide organization committed to help compulsive gamblers. All you need is a desire to stop gambling to attend.
For more info contact Matt R. at 440-752-3315 or Gamblers Anonymous at 1-626-960-3500 for a meeting in your area. Or go to gamblersanonymous.com
Every Saturday morning @ 10:00 am to 11:00am
SJMC Community Outreach Center, 29160 Center Ridge Rd. Suite R. Westlake

Overeaters Anonymous
Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope are recovering from compulsive overeating.  We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees for members.
Meets on Sunday mornings at
10:00 – 11:00am
SJMC
29000 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake
Building 2, 1st floor, Aud B

Food Addicts Anonymous
Offers hope and recovery for the disease of food addiction.  Support group for obesity, anorexia, and bulimia.
Meets every Friday at 7:00 pm in Aud. B, and Sunday at 6:00 pm in Aud A
SJMC
29000 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake
Building 2, 1st floor,
For more information or questions call Kay at 216-548-3366 or Gloria at 440-327-9492

CAREGIVER SUPPORT

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Groups
Facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Association
“The Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Support Groups are designed to provide emotional, educational, and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. They help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. The groups encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical, and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia. For information or questions, please call 1-800-272-3900.”
·         North Olmsted Senior Center
28114 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted
1st Monday of the month at 2:30 pm

·        Westbay Care and Rehab Center
27601 Westchester Parkway, Westlake
2nd Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm

·        Alzheimer’s Association
38440 Chester Rd., Avon
1st Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm

Caring for the Caregiver
Caregivers are often so concerned with caring for their loved ones needs that they lose sight of their own well being.  In this support group you will be able to share stories, ideas and advice to others who are taking care of a loved one.  Professional guest speakers are here to assist you.   Light refreshments provided.  Meets the last Thursday of each month from 1:30 – 3: pm.  RSVP by the 20th of each month at 440-871-0090.
Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve, 2116 Dover Center, Westlake

BEREAVEMENT
New Beginnings
Facilitated by Hospice of the Western Reserve
A monthly support group for young widows and widowers (age 55 and younger). This group is open-ended and on-going.
Second Wednesday of every month
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
SJMC Community Outreach
29160 Center Ridge Rd., Suite R., Westlake
For further information contact the Elizabeth Prentiss Bereavement Center at 216-486-6838

Grief Recovery Program – Moving beyond loss to a richer quality of life
Sponsored by Crossroads Hospice and SJMC
Facilitator – John Monnin, Chaplain
One of the least addressed concerns in our society is grief, the normal and natural reaction to loss.  The Grief Recovery program will guide those who wish to resolve their loss issues and move beyond their grief to a richer quality of life. This program is 12 weeks long and is free to the community.
Wednesdays –  January 16 through April 3
May 15 through July 31
September 4 through November 20
Time:  12:30 – 2 pm
SJMC Community Outreach
29160 Center Ridge Rd. Suite R, Westlake
RSVP or questions to John at 216-654-9300

CANCER
Hope Group
A support group for newly diagnosed breast cancer individuals and for Breast Cancer survivors.
Facilitators:  Joyce Forristell, CBPN-IC and Lydia Gadd, LPCC-S
First Wednesday of every month
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
SJMC Community Outreach
29160 Center Ridge Rd. Suite R., Westlake
For questions or RSVP: call Joyce Forristell, CBPN-IC at 440-827-5459

Cancer Support Groups
“I Am Not Alone”
For all cancer survivors, family and friends.
Meets second Tuesday of every month
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SJWS Community Outreach Center
29160 Center Ridge Rd., Suite R., Westlake
For information on above cancer support group, call Facilitator Tina Hlaverty, RN
216-476-1717

Diabetes
Diabetes Support Group
This is a support group for persons with diabetes and their families.  Members enjoy the support, encouragement, and friendship of their peers. For more information, call DeAna Rodriguez, RN, at 440-827-5341.
All meetings are held at the
Westlake Family Health Center
26908 Detroit Rd, Suite 300, Westlake, Ohio
Meetings are free. No physician referral is required.
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month
No support group in August or December

Diabetes Support Group Meetings  7:30 – 9:00 pm

Diabetes Support Group
Westlake Village Staff hosts the Diabetes Support Group on the 2nd Thursday of every month in the Dover room At 2 :00 pm
Participants are encouraged to share their successes and challenges for the benefit of the group.   Speakers, medical news and diet updates to support a healthy lifestyle for those dealing with Diabetes will be featured.
For questions call Julia Gruss at 440-892-6240
Westlake Village
28550 Westlake Village Dr. Westlake

Westlake Center for Community Services Diabetes Support Group
Meets the second Tuesday of every month
11:00 am
Westlake Center for Community Services
29694 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake
For information contact Sue Venick at 440-899-3544

Diabetes Support Group
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month a from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Avon Lake United Church of Christ: 32801 Electric Blvd. Avon Lake.  RSVP preferred, call  440-933-3241

Diabetes Empowerment Group
Rocky River Senior Center (21012 Hilliard Blvd.)
4th Wednesday of each month at from 1 pm – 2:30 pm.
A staff member from the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland presents a different diabetes related topic.  This is for people with diabetes, people at risk for diabetes, and their family/friends.  All topics are based around developing healthy behaviors to better manage diabetes. To Register call – 440-333-6660

Postnatal Support Groups

New Mom’s Group

No matter if this is your first or fifth newborn; receive the support of other new mothers with infants. Discuss current concerns, learn stages of growth and development, community resources and interact with other mothers.
Every Thursday,
1:00 pm – 3: 00 p.m.
SJMC Community Outreach
29160 Center Ridge Rd., Suite R. Westlake
Free and no registration needed

Breastfeeding Group
Come and meet with other moms who have experienced the joy of breastfeeding and have all your questions answered.  This group is facilitated by an International Board Certified Lactation consultant.
Every Wednesday
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
SJMC Community Outreach
29160 Center Ridge Rd., Suite R, Westlake
Free and no registration needed

Stroke/Parkinson Support Group
Westlake Center for Community Services
29694 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake
Meets the first Monday of every month at 1:00pm-3:00pm.
(March through December)
This is a free, interactive support group.
Each meeting will provide education and support to those affected and their loved ones.
Speakers, Q&A, discussion and support.  Light refreshments served.
Facilitators: Ellen Rogers, BSN, and Trudy Tift, RN, SJMC
Sponsored by SJMC, Westlake Center for Community Services, Devon Oaks and Rae Ann.  For information, contact Sue Venick at 440-899-3544

WOMENS’ SERVICES

Look Good/ Feel Better
Joyce Forristell, CBPM-IC, SJMS Breast Health Coordinator
Sponsored by: The American Cancer Society, The National Cosmetology Association and The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation
Cancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite and strength. It doesn’t have to take away her self-confidence.  Look Good/Feel Better is a free program that teaches beauty techniques for cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side affects of treatments.  Our Look Good/Feel Better program is like a make-over for the spirit.
Monday – March 11,
2- 4 pm
SJMC Community Outreach
29160 Center Ridge Rd. Suite R, Westlake
For more information or registration, please call 1-800-227-2345

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION & PROGRAMS

If you are planning on delivering or thinking about delivering at St. John Medical Center,  please feel free to call the Maternity Dept at 440-827-5093 and schedule a tour.  You to ask questions of the caregivers, see a labor and delivery room, and meet the staff.

Monthly Car Seat Inspection Location
St. John Medical Center Community Outreach Center and WFD
By appointment only.  Call 440-827-5440 to schedule your appt. on the 1st Wednesday morning of every month.

MOPS – Mothers of Preschoolers
Facilitated by Chris Spagnola
Sponsored by MOPS International and SJMC
MOPS is about meeting the needs of every mom of a child from conception through kindergarten. At MOPS you’ll experience authentic community, mothering support, personal growth and spiritual hope, all to help you be the best mom possible. Better Moms Make a Better World. Each month a new topic is presented. Such topics include: Depression, Marriage/Relationship Panel, Faith Connection, Tea and Testimony, Mom Swap.
Childcare is provided and the first meeting is free.
Meets the 2nd Friday of every month from September through May at 9:15am – 11:30 am
30635 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted
For information/RSVP: 440-777-3333 or Facebook.com/CTKMOPS

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