This is a fellowship of those who share their experience, strength and hope with each other to solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism. This “open” meeting of AA welcomes those who struggle with alcohol issues. For information, call the intergroup phone number at (239) 275-5111.
Carefree Connections, formerly the Care Free Support Group, offers caregivers and care partners with dementia an opportunity to build authentic friendships while promoting a culture of wellness, community involvement and a positive life experience for couples. To foster easy participation, outings have been expanded to four times per month. The first event features a clinic with Golf Director Paul Fitzpatrick for pro tips while participants practice their putting. The second event is a mindfulness presentation with Carol Clark, APRN. The third event is a live cooking demonstration presented by the Banyan Grille chefs followed by enjoying a meal together; reservations are required for this event and there is a charge for the meal. The final event will be an outdoor potluck and picnic; RSVPs are appreciated and all participants are asked to bring a healthy dish to share with the group. For additional information, contact Healthy Living Coordinator Alice DiFalco at (239) 433-7939.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 • 10 A.M. • PUTTING GREEN/CL
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 • 1 P.M. • SOCIAL CENTER/IS
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 • 2 P.M. • BANYAN GRILLE/CL
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 • 11 A.M. • SERENITY COVE/IS
These therapeutic groups are aimed at helping residents deal with issues of being a caregiver for someone with a memory disorder, whether the resident is cared for in independent living, assisted living, or skilled nursing. Dr. Nancy Spencer facilitates the groups and can be reached at (239) 454-2043. Sign-up is required.
Transformational breathing can improve your quality of life. Alva Marie Ristevski, who is affiliated with the Holistic Approach Center, will explain how it works and lead a demonstration of techniques you can adopt. Call Ken Peterson (Oakmont) for further information at (239) 482-3779.
Both insulin- and noninsulin-dependent diabetics are welcome. Each monthly meeting covers a different topic and includes open discussion. Join guest speaker and Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator Annette McClenahan, RN, BSN, CDE, a certified diabetes educator from Lee Health. She will lead a discussion on diabetes and explore the various treatment modalities. For more information, contact Healthy Living Coordinator Vivian Ciulla at (239) 225-2929.
It hurts to lose someone! Find help at GriefShare. GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Residents Jim and Judy Mayer lead our group that meets every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. for thirteen weeks, beginning Thursday (1/14/21) in the Sabal Room at the Woodlands Commons. The sessions are 90 minutes and include video teaching and group discussion. Call the Mayer’s (454-3139) or the Village Church office (454-2147) to register.
Poor hearing can affect many aspects of one’s life. This group seeks to help residents cope with hearing loss, share information, learn about services and products that may help, and offer support to each other. This is a great opportunity to try out the assisted listening devices available in the Social Center. For more information, call Robert Torres, healthy living coordinator, at (239) 433-7975.
Join the Heart Healthy support group for its December meeting with guest presenter Lex Roulston (Parkwood). Lex is a significant contributor to cardiac health initiatives throughout the Lee Health system, including donations to Health Park hospital’s cardiology department and the establishment of a Mended Hearts program here in Lee County. Lex is also a notable sponsor of the Lee Heart Walk. For more information, call Nola Mokeyane, healthy living coordinator, at (239) 433-7976.
LIVING GRACE is a support group for people living with mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. This group will start meeting via Zoom on Monday, September 14, from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Call Bob Barger (Junonia) for further information at (630) 335-4077.
These groups are designed to provide education and support to residents who have many types of memory disorder. The objectives of the groups are to identify practical strategies to help residents better manage their memory loss, address long-range planning and offer an environment that fosters a sense of purpose and heightened self-esteem. Individual assessment is required before joining a group; individual appointments are also available. Kathy Fratrick, LCSW, facilitates the group and can be reached at (239) 454-2073.
This objective of this group is to provide support and educational opportunities to those affected by Parkinson’s disease, such as a patient, caregiver, family member or friend. Meetings include speakers, group discussions and emotional support. For more information, call Janine Hammond, director of healthy living coordination, at (239) 454-2186.
This wellness-focused group aims to provide support for individuals experiencing stress through educational opportunities and discussion with peers who are experiencing similar emotions and situations. Meetings include discussion of various topics, such as recognizing the signs of stress and promoting effective ways to reduce and manage stress. For more information, call Healthy Living Coordinator Channelle Bastardo at (239) 433-7974.
This group provides educational opportunities and support for those individuals dealing with low vision. Monthly meetings may include learning new techniques, exploring low vision aids or finding out more about the conditions that cause low vision among mature adults. For additional information, contact Katy Quinones, healthy living coordinator, at (239) 454-2101.