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by by the Indiana County Department of Human Services on July 28, 2013 2:50 AM

Information for this column is provided by the Indiana County Department of Human Services.


• Healthy Steps in Motion, an 8-week exercise program for adults ages 50 and older, begins Aug 5 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Indiana Senior Social Center. The program includes exercise routines, education about the benefits of exercise, how to set goals and more. The program is free, but participants must commit to the full 8-week session. For more information and to register, call (724) 465-2697.

• Attire to Aspire needs work wear. The program is in need of gently used, modern, up-to-date summer clothing for women in their 20s. Women’s sizes 0 to 26, especially sizes 14 to 26, are needed, including business casual slacks in black, navy and brown and business casual top and blouses. The program is also in need of gently used or new closed toe, low heel/flat dress shoes in black and brown. Men’s sizes 32W to 36W business casual slacks in black and khaki are needed. Bring items to the Department of Human Services at 300 Indian Springs Road, Suite 203.For more information, call Maureen at (724) 463-8200, ext. 17.

• Katie’s Closet provides free clothing for adults and children from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays upstairs at Zion Lutheran Church, Church and Sixth streets, Indiana. Use the glass-door entrance on the Church Street side of the building.


• Adult CPR is held at American Red Cross’s Indiana County Headquarters, 610 Kolter Drive, Indiana. For more information, call (800) 733-2767 or visit

• Daily Steps to Less Stress, a six-week lifestyle improvement program, helps identify and reduce individual stressors through specific relaxation techniques. The programs are educational and experimental by teaching participants to employ the techniques in everyday life. The program cost $65, with no charge to Highmark members; call the Indiana Regional Medical Center, (724) 357-8088, for dates and times.

• Free Computer Classes will be held for those 60 and older at the Indiana Social Center, 1001 Oak St., Indiana. For more information and to register, call (724) 465-2697.

• Aqua Aerobics helps tone muscles and strengthen the cardiovascular system. Classes are designed to allow participants to go at their own pace. Non-swimmers are welcome. For information, call (724) 463-9622.

• Beginning Yoga, 5 p.m. Wednesdays at IRMC, (724) 357-8088.

• Childbirth/Infant Care classes are offered through Excela Health. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.

• I Can Cope, sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the Herbert L. Hanna Center for Oncology Care, is an educational series for cancer patients and their caregivers. Register no later than the Monday before. Contact Kristen at (412) 919-1078 or email Kristen at

• Logistics: Disaster Preparedness Training is a study of providing the support services for a disaster relief operation including transportation, facilities and supplies through American Red Cross, Indiana County headquarters. To register, call (724) 465-5678 or visit

• Look Good ... Feel Better is The American Cancer Society’s free program that teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side affects of cancer treatment. Call (888) 227-5445 for more information, dates and times.


“Chip-In” for Lifesteps Indiana Golf Classic will begin at noon Aug. 7 at the Indiana Country Club. Call Nikki at (724) 349-1122 ext. 101, or email


• The Armstrong-Indiana Drug-Free Communities Coalition will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission in Shelocta. This is a re-organizational meeting. A free breakfast will be provided. For more information, contact Jennifer McCroskey at (724) 354-2746, ext. 309, or email

• A Safe Children meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Eat n’ Park. For more information, call Stephanie at (724) 349-1821.


• Adult Caregiver Support Group meets at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Indiana, for adults caring for other adults. For more information, call (724) 465-2015.

• AL-ANON meets at 7:45 p.m. every Thursday at The Open Door, Indiana, (724) 726-5406, and 8 p.m. every Friday at Marion Center Presbyterian Church, (724) 397-8606.

• An Alzheimer’s Support Group, sponsored by Hillsdale Nursing and Rehabilitation, meets at 2 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at Citizen’s Ambulance Station, Hillsdale. For more information, call Kim Neff at (814) 743-6613.

• Breast Cancer Support Groups are available through Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital at 6:30 p.m. every first Tuesday the hospital. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.

• Connections by Choice, Catholic Charities, provides support and training for families with foster and adopted children including pre-adoptive, foreign and domestic adoptive families. Call (724) 463-8806.

• Co-Occurring Disorders Group is for anyone struggling with a mental health disorder and alcohol or substance dependency. This group will provide individuals with the opportunity to build strength, coping skills, direction, education and supports. This is an open group and will grow to incorporate topics, skills and interventions that will best meet the needs of its members. The group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays at The Community Guidance Center. For more information, call (724) 465-5576 and ask for the intake department.

• Divorce Care provides study and support from a Christian perspective for separated or divorced adults at Grace United Methodist Church, Indiana. Registration is required. This program is offered in the fall. For more information, call (724) 463- 8535.

• Drug/Alcohol Family Education Support Group is for individuals seeking to learn more about addiction and the impact addiction has on the family. The program is a partnership with The Open Door and Armstrong-Indiana Drug and Alcohol Commission. An eight-week curriculum will be offered at The Open Door from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. For more information or to register, call Sharon at (724) 465-2605, ext. 18.

• Gam-Anon is offered from 8 to 10 p.m. Monday at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. Call (877) 771-1234.

• Gluten-Free Support Group provides information on how to manage diet, recipes and resources that may be useful to those on a gluten-free diet. For more information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

• The Hepatitis C Education/ Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at noon and the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Arc Manor in Kittanning. This group provides information and support that you need to live with, get treatment for, or prevent exposure to Hepatitis C. For more information, call (724) 548-7607 or (800) 323-1333.

• HIV/AIDS support for people living with HIV/AIDS meets two times per month through UPMC Lee Regional Community Care Management. All support group meetings are facilitated by a social worker. For more information, call (814) 534-6732 or (866) 429-1583.

• Man to Man, held by the American Cancer Society, helps men facing prostate cancer receive support, information and resources by talking with trained prostate cancer survivors. Call for more information and to register at (724) 834-9081 ext. 65281.

• New Mom Moments is a series for pregnant and/or postpartum parents with babies younger than 1 year. To register, call (724) 357-7075.

• Tea Time with the Nurse Navigator is an individualized hour to ask questions and discuss concerns about breast cancer before, during or after breast cancer treatment. For more information or to schedule, call IRMC at (724) 357-8081.

• Weight Watchers provides information on weight loss for a fee. For more information, call (800) 651-6000 or visit


• Bowser-Minich Bereavement Support Services offers a bereavement lending library open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment. Call (724) 349-3100 or (888) 923-5550.

• C. Frederick Bowser Funeral Home, Homer City, offers support services through an interactive website for bereavement and grief support literature at www.bowser

• Coping with Loss Grief Support Group is a six-week series held at various community locations. Call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

• Curran Funeral Home Grief Support Group, 701 Salt St., Saltsburg.  Call (724) 639-3911 for dates, times and location.

• GRASP, or Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing, offers support and sources of help for families and individuals who are in bereavement due to a substance misuse death.

The group meets at The Open Door. For more information or to register, call (724) 762-3344, email or visit www.grasp

• Graystone Church GriefShare is a 13-week seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. Sessions are offered in the spring and the fall. Registration is not necessary and participants may join at any time in the series.

• Highmark Caring Place, through the Caring Foundation for Children, Pittsburgh, offers support groups weekly or biweekly for grieving children, adolescents and families. Call (888) 224-4673.

• John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home offers a bereavement support group open to the public. Call (724) 463-4499.

• Hopeful Hearts, a service of the VNA of Indiana County, is a child-focused family bereavement support center. Hopeful Hearts provides peer support at no cost for all family members when someone close to the family has died. Families meet biweekly in a safe, caring and confidential environment. For more information about this program or volunteer opportunities, call (724) 349-3888 or (877) 349-3888.

• Pregnancy Loss Support Group provides support for families who are grieving the loss of their baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death. Call (877) 771-1234.

• Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home Inc. offers a support group and a bereavement lending library with booklets, videos, etc.

• Richard Shoemaker Funeral Home Support Group, Blairsville, (724) 459-9115; information and support offered by phone.

• Robinson-Lytle funeral home offers a bereavement library with books, videos and other information for adults and children. Call (724) 349-9700.

• Sharing Grief Support Group is offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. every first and third Thursday of the month. For more information, call (724) 349-2000.

• Survivors of Suicide Group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Neuropsychiatric Associates Inc., IRMC Complex, Medical Arts Building, Suite 2200, Indiana. Gather together with others who understand the impact a suicide can have. Cost is $30.

• Managing Your Diabetes, IRMC, (724) 357-8088.

• The Spectrum Program, a six-week course based on the findings of the Dean Ornish Program for reversing heart disease, is held at 6 p.m. at Indiana Regional Medical Center. Call for cost, dates, more information and to register at (724) 357-8088.

• Tai Chi for Arthritis, developed by the Arthritis Foundation, uses gentle, flowing movements that can help decrease pain associated with arthritis. The class meets at 9 a.m. Thursdays at IRMC. Call (724) 357-8088.

• Tobacco Cessation Course, through Excela Health, is a seven-week program for those who have resolved to quit smoking. It includes one-on-one counseling. Times and locations vary. For information, call (877) 771-1234. Telephonic support is available 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday by calling (724) 689-1891.

• Water Exercise Classes are held at the Indiana County YMCA. Classes are arthritis, swimnastics and aqua aerobics. The seven-week sessions are excellent for individuals with joint problems and/or those who cannot exercise on land. Non-swimmers are welcome. For more information, call (724) 463-9622.

• Yoga for Health shows how yoga is suitable for most adults because of the non-strenuous nature and how it can be useful to help relieve symptoms associated with some conditions, such as cancer, arthritis and heart disease. Classes meet at 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at IRMC. For information, call (724) 357-8088.

• Adult CPR is held at American Red Cross’s Indiana County Headquarters, 610 Kolter Drive, Indiana. For more information, call (800) 733-2767 or visit

• Diabetes Awareness Prevention is a four-week program that provides the tools needed to lower the risk for diabetes, live well with diabetes, improve eating habits, increase physical activity, manage stress and live a healthier life. Cost is $65, with no charge for Highmark members. For more information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

• Eat Well for Life I and II are four-week lifestyle improvement programs promoting wellness and long-term weight management through balanced nutrition, cooking demonstrations and other hands-on experiences. For more information and cost, call Indiana Excela Health Call Center at (877) 771-1234.

• HOPE is a four-week lifestyle management program focusing on how to have stronger bones to live a longer, healthier life. The program provides an overview of osteoporosis, education on healthy nutrition, physical exercise, medication options, stress management and more. Begins at 10 a.m. Monday. IRMC at (724) 357-8088 for cost and date.

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