Health notes

WINDSOR HOUSE RANKED 10th: Windsor House at O’Brien Memorial Health Care Center, 563 Brookfield Ave., SE, Masury, has been ranked by American Health Care Association 10 out of 954 skilled nursing facilities in Ohio. This rating is weighted on 3-cycle survey. Skilled nursing centers are surveyed annually by the Ohio Department of Health. In April, Windsor House at O’Brien Memorial received a perfect state survey. In addition, Windsor House at O’Brien Memorial is a five-star nursing home as rated by the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). For more information, visit To learn more, visit

PFLAG MEETS: Youngstown Area Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will meet 6:30 p.m. today at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown.

Meetings are free and confidential. Refreshments will be served.

GROUP HYPNOSIS: A group hypnosis session for weight loss and to stop smoking will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday at The Yoga Center inside the Governors Insurance building, 972 Youngstown Kingsville Road. There will be a free CD for use at home. Registration is required. Call Steve Tackett at 330-647-0399.

LIFELINE SCREENINGS: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish-St. James Hall is hosting Life Line Screening health screenings Oct. 18 at 2532 Burton St. SE, Warren.

Residents living in and around the Warren area can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with screenings by Life Line Screening.

Consultants work with participants to create a package that is right for them based on age and risk factors. For more information, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit Pre-registration is required.

LUPUS SUPPORT: The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter, will host its monthly Trumbull / Mahoning County support group meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Panera Bread, 5675 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles.

Most discussions focus on the “how-tos” of living with a chronic illness.

For more information, contact the foundation at 888-665-8787 or visit

OSTOMY SUPPORT: The Youngstown area ostomy support group meets 6 to 7 p.m. today at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, Azalea Room, 8401 Market St., Boardman.

Family members and people considering an ostomy are also welcome. The group offers education, encouragement and support to anyone whose life is affected by an ostomy. Parking is free and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Anna Fitzgerald at 330-480-3440 or

MERCY EDUCATION CLASSES: Mercy Health-Youngstown will offer Diabetes Self-Management Education classes 9 to 11:30 a.m. today through Thursday at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown.

Classes will also be held 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17 -19 at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, 8401 Market St., Boardman; and Oct. 24-26 at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

A physician referral is required to enroll. The classes are not free but most insurance plans cover the cost. Call 330-480-2665 for help getting a referral from your physician and to register for the class.

GRIEF RECOVERY GROUPS: Grief Recovery Instructional Support Groups (GRIP) meets 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home Care Center, next to the funeral home at 709 N. Main St., Hubbard. Groups, led by Philip Roland, are open to anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one.

For more information, contact Bill Cummins or Candee Cummins Svensson, owners of the funeral home, at 330-534-1952.

GRIEFSHARE: Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road NE. GriefShare sessions will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Attendees may visit at any point as each session is self-contained, but weekly attendance is encouraged.

Contact the church at 330-856-3463 for more information.

GRIEFSHARE: Churchill United Methodist Church, 189 Churchill Hubbard Road, Youngstown, is offering GriefShare to all who have had a loss in their lives. The group will meet 6 p.m. Thursday and continue each week through Dec. 14 at the church parlor on the second floor of the educational building.

Call Janice Ferry at 330-759-1924 to join or for more information.

ADDICTION HELP: Addiction help is available through Coleman Access Center, 552 N. Park Ave., Warren. For information, call 330-392-1100 or 211.

For information about program sponsor, Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, visit or call 330-675-2765.

PARKINSON’S PROGRAM: Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital fitness program for people with Parkinson’s disease meets 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Fridays in Hillside’s board room, 8747 Squires Lane NE, Howland.

For information or to register, call 330-841-3893 or visit

EIGHT-STEP PROGRAM: Based on the Beatitudes support group is open 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Bloomfield Recovery Center, 10113 Creaser Ashtabula Road, for anyone dealing with a life-controlling habit or issue.

For information, call 330-599-2402.

SUPPORT GROUP: Circle of Hope, a support group for those with mental health diagnosis, will meet 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month at Grace United Methodist Church, 1725 Drexel Ave., Warren.

For more information, contact Dave at 330-502-8103.

HEALTH SCREENINGS: Neighborhood Health Watch provides free health screenings once a month at Niles SCOPE. Call 330-480-2011 for a schedule.

WELLNESS CLINICS: Shepherd of the Valley is offering wellness clinics at each of its locations in Trumbull. Each site will provide a nurse to check blood pressure and blood glucose levels 10 to 11 a.m.:

∫ Niles, 1500 McKinley Ave., community center — second Wednesday of the month.

∫ Howland, 4100 North River Road, private dining area — fourth Wednesday of the month.

For information, call Matt Hoskins at 330-530-4041 or email

MVI HOSPICE CARE: Bereavement support groups are free to anyone who has lost a loved one, including a pet. Contact Lisa Altman, licensed social worker, at 330-759-9487 for information.

Sessions are 1 to 3 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at First Presbyterian Church of Warren Fellowship Hall, 256 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren; and 1 to 3 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month and 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at the Boardman Park Georgeanna Parker Administration Building, 375 Boardman Poland Road, Boardman.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP: A mental health support group meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first and third Mondays monthly. For information, call the Mahoning Valley Hope Center at 330-369-3010. Transportation can be arranged.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: Class is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at Warren Revival Center Fellowship Hall, 4000 W. Market St., Leavittsburg. Call 330-898-4295 for information.

QUIT SMOKING FOR FREE DIAPERS: The Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program at the Trumbull County Combined Health District offers pregnant women a free smoking cessation program and an opportunity to receive free diapers up to one year after delivery. For information, call 330-675-2590, Ext. 3.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT VACCINATIONS: The Trumbull County Combined Health District offers vaccinations to children and adults. For information, call 330-675-2590, Ext. 3. Adult TB testing is available by appointment.

NAMI Mahoning Valley offers support groups for people and families dealing with mental illness:

∫ Girard Family Support, 11 a.m. first Thursdays monthly, Girard Free Library, 105 E. Prospect St., Girard.

∫ Austintown Family Support Group, 7 p.m. second Tuesdays monthly, Alta Care building, 142 Javit Court, Austintown.

NAMI CONNECTION: Support group for those with mental health diagnosis meetings:

∫ 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Community Center, 1344 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

∫ 6 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays monthly, Alta Care Building, 142 Javit Court, Austintown.

∫ 6 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday, Community Center, 1344 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

∫ NAMI Connection for people with substance abuse and mental illness, 6 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday, Community Center, 1344 Fifth Ave, Youngstown.

For information, visit, call 330-727-9268 or e-mail

TCMH SCHEDULE: Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board October meeting schedule is:

∫ Administrative Committee Meeting, 3:30 p.m. today, Board Conference Room.

∫ NAMI Mahoning Valley Steering Committee, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Valley Counseling Services 150 East Market Street, Warren.

∫ Crisis Intervention Team Training, 8 a.m. Thursday, TMHA First Floor Conference A.

∫ Crisis Intervention Team Training, 8 a.m. Friday, Packard Music Hall 1703 Mahoning Ave., Warren.

∫ County-Wide Orientation, 8 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17, TMHA First Floor Conference Room B.

∫ ASAP Opiate Task Force, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 17, TMHA First Floor Conference Room A.

∫ Board of Directors Meeting, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17, TMHA First Floor Conference Room A.

WELLNESS CENTER PROGRAMS: The City of Niles Wellness Center offers the following programs. To register, call the center at 330-349-9355 or email Theresa Scirocco at or Lynda Briach at

∫ Free SilverSneakers class for members, 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

∫ Yoga with Tricia, 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Bring a mat.

∫ Spinning class, 6:30 p.m. Mondays; 7 p.m. Thursdays; 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays. Free for SilverSneakers and Fitness members.

ST. JOE’S AT THE MALL, Eastwood Mall, Niles. Open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Call 330-652-7542.

∫ Free blood pressure screenings, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday to Thursday and 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

∫ Strong Bones Program, free 12-week program of personalized strength training for those who have osteoporosis or low bone density to improve muscle strength.

∫ Free carotid arteries or abdominal aortic aneruysm screening for those at risk and meet criteria, 8:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday. Recommended for those older than 65 who are smokers or have been smokers. By appointment only.

∫ Flu shot clinic, 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday. Trumbull County Health Department nurses will be administering the shots. Call for a reservation. Bring current insurance cards.

∫ Free notary public services and free living wills and durable power of attorney for health care, 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

∫ Stroke / blood pressure education, 1 p.m. Wednesday, with the Kent State University student nurses. Walk in.

∫ Grief 101, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, with Kim Calhoun, licensed social worker and grief support specialist from Hospice of the Valley. Call 330-549-5901 to register.

MERCY HEALTH EDUCATION CLASSES: Mercy Health-Youngstown Community Health Education Offerings for September:

∫ The Saturday sports injury clinic will be open 9 to 11 a.m. every Saturday morning through Nov. 4. The clinic has two locations, Howland Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, 1932 Niles Cortland Road NE, Warren; and Boardman Orthopaedics, 835 McKay Court, Boardman.

Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is necessary. Most insurances are accepted. For more information, call the Howland location at 330-306-0395 or the Boardman location at 330-758-4399.