April 28, 2013 4:00 AM

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


• Indiana County’s Link to Aging and Disability Resources Caregiver Tea will be held Thursday for those who provide care to the elderly and to disabled individuals over the age of 17 in Indiana County from 1 to 4 p.m. at Aging Services.

Speakers will be attorney Mike Clark and registered nurse Amy Simon from Community Health Connections presenting on power of attorney, living wills, advanced directives and trusts, plus Alzheimer’s behavior and understanding. Local caregivers will be honored with refreshments and door prizes.

RSVP to or call (724) 349-4500 by Monday.

• The Institute for Healthy Living’s Free Prostate Screening, May 4, 8 a.m. to noon, at the Mahoning Medical Center, Marion Center. This screening is for men ages 50 to 75 years old with no previous history of cancer. The event is sponsored by Dr. Ali Tunio.

• Community Kitchen will provide free meals from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Dixonville Wesleyan Church social hall; and 4 to 6 p.m. May 9 at Church of the Resurrection, Clymer. For information, call Cindy Briggs at (724) 397-9498. Visit the new website at

• Clothes of Many Colors clothing closet at Calvary United Methodist Church in Brush Valley will offer free clothes from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, call (724) 479-8290.

• The Indiana County Reality Tour will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Indiana County Jail. It is for youths ages 10 to 18, parents and community members. To register, contact Jennifer McCroskey at jmc or call (724) 354-2746, ext. 309, or Carrie Bence at, or call (724) 354-2746, ext. 306, to register for the tour. The tour is free.

• Clothing Closet with free clothing is available through First United Methodist Church of Marion Center. The closet is open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. For more information, call (724) 397-5517.


• Cyber CPR is a new way to learn adult CPR and first aid. Participants take the knowledge portion of the course online at their own pace. The CPR and first aid skills are then tested in the classroom with an instructor. The online portion must be completed before attending the skills session. For more information or to register, call (800) 733-2767 or visit

• Disaster Mental Health Services: An Overview helps participants understand the function within the American Red Cross Disaster Services Program. Participants will learn how DMHS supports disaster relief workers and people affected by disasters. For more information, call American Red Cross, Indiana County headquarters, (724) 465-5678.

• Discover Relaxation Within I and II are four-week lifestyle improvement programs promoting wellness through stress management. For more information, call Excela Health at (877) 771-1234.

• Drop 10 Pounds in 10 Weeks is a weight-management program designed to help you lose 10 pounds of your body weight in 10 weeks with regular exercise, balanced nutrition, lifestyle changes and group motivation. This innovative program shows you how to add a healthy balance to your life with the power of 10. Get the Drop 10 in 10 tool kit, which includes all the tools you need to make real changes for real results. For more information, cost, dates and times call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

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

• Personal Nutrition Coaching is a personalized program designed by a registered dietitian to address the needs of an individual seeking nutrition counseling relating to weight management, heart health or diabetes. For more information or an appointment, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

• Survey/Damage Assessment teaches how to make assessment of damage to homes and areas affected by disaster through American Red Cross. Disaster Services: An Overview should have been attended prior to this training. For more information, call (724) 465-5678.

• Six and eight week yoga classes in four different yoga styles are offered on a rotating basis at Excela Health Hospitals. Call for more information (877) 771-1234.

• Smoke Free for Life classes are offered at IRMC. Call for next session dates. Key topics covered in both sessions include understanding the habit, developing a plan to quit and maintenance strategies. The classes are free courtesy of the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission. For more information or to register, please contact Betsee Beunier at or (724) 354-2746, ext. 318.

• Strong Women Strong Bones is a 10-week strength training course to help manage osteoporosis. The program includes a pre- and post-assessment and two days of strength training each week. For information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.


• Bariatric Education and Support Group is for individuals contemplating or recovering from weight loss surgery. The group meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. For more information, call (877) 771-1234.

• 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.

• 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.

• Diabetes Support Group provides a dietitian and clinical nurse specialists to help people with diabetes develop and practice self-management. For more information, call IRMC at (724) 357-8088.

• 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.

• PFLAG, or Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, have local chapters of a national organization to provide safe dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity. The group seeks to replace negativity with accurate and positive information and support. For more information, contact the Indiana chapter at (724) 357-8309 or email

• Stroke Education and Support Group meets through Excela Health. For information, call (877) 771-1234.

• Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets weekly on Thursday at the Clymer Methodist Church. Weigh-in is at 5:15 and the meeting begins at 5:45 p.m. Visit or call (724) 465-6389 for more information. At the Graystone Presbyterian Church, Indiana, meetings are held Mondays, with weigh-in at 5:30, meeting at 6:30 p.m. At Martin Hall in Tanoma, meetings are held Thursday, weigh-in at 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. meeting.

• 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.

• Mothers of Preschoolers, or MOPS, provides Christian-based groups with opportunities to make friends with other moms and share encouragement and practical tips for surviving the preschool years. For mothers of preschoolers from birth to age 5 and expectant mothers. Groups meet as follows:

— Blairsville Free Methodist Church, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., first and third Wednesday, with a $25 registration fee for MOPS International (scholarships available). For more information, call (724) 459-5255.

— Blairsville Christian Missionary Alliance Church, 7 to 8:30 p.m. second Monday, child care provided, (724) 668-7056.

— First Assembly of God Church, Indiana, 9:30 a.m., second and fourth Wednesdays, (724) 349-8180.


• 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

• 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 will begin in late February and will meet at The Open Door. For more information or to register, call (724) 762-3344, email skelly 17839@ or visit

• 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.

• VNA is open to anyone coping with grief and loss at 2:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month.

For more information, contact the Rev. Spiker.

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