Health Notes

OSTOMY GROUP GETS TRAVEL TIPS: Stephen J. DeCapua, vice president and chief financial officer of Duo-Corp., and a frequent flyer, will offer tips for traveling with an ostomy during the July meeting of the Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group.

DeCapua oversees financial operations, human resources, insurance and plant safety programs at Duo-Corp., a window manufacturer based in North Lima, and travels frequently on business. He has had an ileostomy since December 2008.

The Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group, sponsored by Humility of Mary Health Partners, will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the HM Home Care office, 979 Tibbetts-Wick Road, Girard.

The group meets monthly at alternating locations in Mahoning and Trumbull counties and provides support, education and encouragement to individuals who have or will have ostomies.

Families and friends of ostomy patients are welcome. Refreshments are provided and parking is free. For information, call 330-480-3440.

AUTISM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES PROGRAM: The Autism Society of Ohio, Mahoning Valley, announces the introduction of Social Connections, a program created to provide opportunities for those on the spectrum to socialize, form friendships and address general issues of interest to them all in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

The program’s initial effort will focus on the young adult and adult audience.

ASO-MV will host the two one-hour groups for 18- to 25-year-olds and adults 26 and older starting at 5:30 and 7 p.m. respectively on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Weekend activities also could be scheduled. This activity is appropriate for those verbal men and women with moderate to high-functioning autism. A small membership fee will be assessed to cover the costs of the program.

These groups will be facilitated by Doug Blecher. Founder of Autism Personal Coach, Blecher has worked with adults and children diagnosed with ASD for the past 11 years as an in-home therapist.

For more information, contact

SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: Chronic Fatigue and / or Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet July 15 at First Presbyterian Church in Warren. The July “inside” picnic is from 6 to 8 p.m.

Bring a spouse or friend, plus a covered dish to go with sloppy joes. For more information, call 330-847-7001.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS: The Alzheimer’s Association will be holding its monthly caregiver support groups on the following dates:

Today: 7 p.m., Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland-Wilson Road N.E., Howland

July 17: 10 a.m., Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Conference Room F, Warren.

Free of charge. Open to all caregivers, family members, and friends with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. For more information, call the Greater East Ohio Area Alzheimer’s Association at 330-650-0552 or 800-272-3900.

CENTER OFFERS EXAMS: The Mahoning Valley Hope Center, 3217 Surrey Road, will offer screenings for vision, dental and health exams. Appointments are required. Call 330-369-3010.

BRIDGES GROUP TO MEET: Bridges, a free mental health educational 10-week course, will meet 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren. Call Nancy at 330-747-5111 to sign up.

GIRARD OFFERS FLU SHOT: The Girard City Health Department will offer flu vaccines between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the health department at 330-545-6048.

FLU CLINIC TO BE HELD: A flu clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. daily at Warren West Community Health Center, 716 Tod Ave., Warren. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 330-373-0222.

PROGRAM OFFERED FOR DEALING WITH ISSUES: An eight-step Christian program based on the Beatitudes is open to anyone dealing with a life-controlling habit or issue. It meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Bloomfield Recovery Center, 10113 Creaser Ashtabula Road, Bloomfield. For more details, call 330-599-2402.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: A cancer support group meets 7 p.m. every third Thursday at Calvary Bible Church, 2878 Warren Meadville Road, Cortland.

For more information, call Tom at 330-772-3652.

MS GROUP MEETS: The MS Support Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Knights of Columbus Warren Council, 1947 E. Market St., Warren. For more information and to confirm meeting, contact Kevin at 330-306-8399 or email

ST. JOE’S AT THE MALL – Open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays next to Sears at the Eastwood Mall. For registration or more information, call 330-652-7542.

Free blood pressure screenings from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1 to 3 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

STRONG BONES, STRONG PEOPLE: Free, 12-week program of personalized strength training for those who have osteoporosis, low bone density or at-risk to improve muscle strength and nutrition. Call for an appointment.

St. Joe’s at the Mall is a SilverSneakers site. Those with the Medicare Part C plan may be eligible. Call 330-652-7542 or stop in for more information.

MONTHLY EXERCISE CLASSES: Exercise time with Lana – Mondays at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 and 10 a.m. This is a weekly group aerobic exercise class with a personal fitness trainer. Silver Slippers low impact exercise (chair and standing) takes place on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m. Zumba Gold classes are weekly on Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. and Thursday at 8:45 a.m.

EASY YOGA CLASS MONDAYS: 11 a.m. to noon July 1 through 29. Taught by Carolyn Raub. Call for costs.

FALLING PREVENTION CLASS: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Prevent yourself or a loved one from a fall by attending this class. Free balance testing by Physical Therapy. Also beginning Tai Chi Chih instruction. Call to register. 330-652-7542.

TALK WITH THE DOC PROGRAM: Noon to 1 p.m. Friday. Understanding Heart Disease. Dr. Kimberly Jackson speaking. Call to register-330-652-7542- light lunch available

FREE NOTARY PUBLIC SERVICES AND FREE LIVING WILLS AND DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTH CARE: 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday. This day with help from Palliative Care staff.

FALLING PREVENTION CLASS: noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.Prevent yourself or a loved one from a fall by attending this class. Free Balance testing by Physical Therapy. Also beginning Tai Chi Chih instruction. Call to register. 330-652-7542.

FREE BLOOD SUGAR SCREENINGS: 9 to 11 a.m. (8 hour fast), July 15. Free Foot Screening for those at risk with a podiatrist.

TALK WITH THE DOC PROGRAM – G.E.R.D. AND BARRETT’S ESOPHAGUS: noon to 1 p.m. July 12. Dr. Farhad Fakhrejahani will speak. Call to register-330-652-7542.


“WE CARE” PROGRAM, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. July 12, 19 and 26, Conference Room B, Ground floor. Support group for family and friends covering various topics and needs. Call 330-841-1917 for additional information.

WOMEN’S CANCER JOURNEY SUPPORT GROUP, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, TMH Medical Professional Building, 1353 E. Market St., Warren, Cancer Center Waiting Room. Open to all cancer patients. No registration required. For additional information, call 330-841-1962.

DIABETES DAY GROUP CLASS SERIES, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Class meets in Diabetes Room 905. Call Diabetes Department at 330-841-9689 to register. Physician referral required.

PRE-OP KNEE CLASS, 10:30 a.m. July 16. The Education Room eighth floor. Call Julia at 330-841-9162 to register.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION MEETING, 10 a.m. to noon July 17. Conference Room F Ground floor. For additional information, call Erin at 330-533-3300.