Sup­port Groups

Calhoun Times - - SECOND FRONT -

Need help cop­ing with the stresses of life? The Cal­houn Times is run­ning this col­umn de­tail­ing sup­port groups in the area.

The Life Choice Hos­pice Be­reave­ment Sup­port Group will be meet­ing the 2nd Tues­day of each month. The sup­port group is open to any­one in the com­mu­nity who would like to at­tend. The of­fice and sup­port group are lo­cated at 189 Pro­fes­sional Court, Suite 300, Cal­houn. For In­for­ma­tion, con­tact Jennifer at 706-602-9001. “Grief shared is grief di­min­ished.” – Rabbi Earl Groll­man

Day­time Al Anon meet­ing at 11 a.m. on Wed­nes­day morn­ing’s at Christ the King Lutheran Church on 623 S Thorn­ton Ave, Dal­ton, GA 30720.

The Cal­houn Preg­nancy Cen­ter Inc., lo­cated on the corner of Peters Street and East Bel­mont Drive, is open ev­ery Mon­day, Tues­day and Fri­day from noon un­til 4 p.m. The cen­ter is also open each Thurs­day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur­day avail­able by ap­point­ment only. Closed Wed­nes­days and Sun­days. The preg­nancy help cen­ter of­fers free preg­nancy tests and Bib­li­cal lay coun­sel re­gard­ing abor­tion risks and pro­ce­dures, de­vel­op­ment of the baby, adop­tion, sex­ual pu­rity, and the risks of STDs. The cen­ter also of­fers prac­ti­cal helps for mom and baby with ma­ter­nity and baby clothes, di­a­pers and baby care prod­ucts, and even some baby fur­ni­ture when avail­able. The cen­ter is pleased to an­nounce that through its new project, “Baby Sleep Safely,” it will be of­fer­ing new bassinets and cribs to loan out to par­ents in deep­est need, re­turned and used again by more clients later. To visit the cen­ter, call 706-625-5768 to make an ap­point­ment. Walk-ins are al­ways wel­come dur­ing op­er­at­ing hours.

Nar­conon re­minds families that abuse of ad­dic­tive phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drugs is on the rise. Learn to rec­og­nize the signs of drug abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Call Nar­conon for a free brochure on the signs of ad­dic­tion for all types of drugs. Nar­conon also of­fers free screen­ings and re­fer­rals. 800431-1754 or Pre­scrip­tionabuse.org. AD­DIC­TION COUN­SEL­ING- Nar­conon can help you take steps to over­come ad­dic­tion in your fam­ily. Call today for free screen­ings or re­fer­rals. 800-431-1754

La Leche League of Cal­houn and Rome of­fers free breast­feed­ing sup­port and in­for­ma­tion. The meet­ings are open to all moth­ers (chil­dren also wel­come), ex­pec­tant moth­ers and women in­ter­ested in breast­feed­ing. Cal­houn lo­ca­tion meets the sec­ond Mon­day of each month at 10 a.m. Rome lo­ca­tion meets the third Tues­day of each month at 10 a.m. Lead­ers are avail­able to an­swer ques­tions. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Erin at 706-234-3980 or email at LLLCal­hounRome@ gmail.com.

The Cal­houn, Gor­don County Parkin­son’s Sup­port Group will meet the fourth Tues­day of each month be­gin­ning at 6:30 p.m. in the Fel­low­ship Hall of the First United Methodist Church, 205 E. Line St., Cal­houn. This group is open to any­one liv­ing with Parkin­son’s and their families. For more in­for­ma­tion, please call 706-413-3264.

Do you have a fam­ily mem­ber or friend with a men­tal ill­ness, such as bipo­lar, de­pres­sion, PTSD, or schizophre­nia? If so, the Na­tional Alliance on Men­tal Ill­ness (NAMI) of­fers a FREE, 12-week course that is full of help­ful in­for­ma­tion about men­tal ill­ness. Stu­dents learn how the brain op­er­ates and the way cer­tain med­i­ca­tions work, the dif­fer­ent types of treat­ment, men­tal health ser­vices, ways to com­mu­ni­cate bet­ter, and how to take care of your­self. The Fam­ily-To Fam­ily course is termed a best prac­tice and NAMI is happy to of­fer it for the first time in Dal­ton at Cross­pointe Chris­tian Cen­tre, 2681 Un­der­wood Street, on Sun­days this fall. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter call NAMI Rome at 706-5065010.

The Ge­or­gia Chap­ter of the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion is spon­sor­ing a monthly sup­port group at Morn­ing Pointe As­sisted Liv­ing, 660 Jolly Road, on the third Tues­day of each month at 6 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion or direc­tions, call Mary Braden at 770-548-4683 or Karen Par­rott at 706-3465220. For more in­for­ma­tion about de­men­tia and Alzheimer’s dis­ease, call 800-272-3900 or visit www. alz.org/ge­or­gia.

A sup­port group for lo­cal res­i­dents with mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis is be­ing or­ga­nized. If you have MS, are re­lated to some­one who does, or are car­ing for some­one with MS, call Charles Smith at 706625-2752.

Spe­cial Care Plus, a free one-on-one con­sul­ta­tion pro­gram, of­fers ed­u­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion to pri­mary care­givers of per­sons with de­men­tia. Each care­giver will re­ceive ba­sic in­for­ma­tion on the dif­fer­ent stages of the dis­ease; tips on care giv­ing tech­niques; home safety in­for­ma­tion; in­for- ma­tion about pro­grams such as Medic Alert + Safe Re­turn, which pro­motes wan­der­ing safety; in­for­ma­tion about lo­cal and tele­phone sup­port groups, which pro­vide emo­tional and ed­u­ca­tional sup­port; and re­fer­rals to agen­cies and other re­sources. Any pri­mary care­giver who is car­ing for a loved one with de­men­tia in the home is el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive this pro­gram. To learn more about the Spe­cial Care Plus pro­gram, call 800272-3900.

The Ge­or­gia LongTerm Care Om­buds­man Pro­gram seeks to im­prove the qual­ity of life for res­i­dents of long-term care fa­cil­i­ties. Om­buds­men in­ves­ti­gate and work to re­solve prob­lems or com­plaints af­fect­ing longterm care fa­cil­ity res­i­dents; iden­tify prob­lem ar­eas in long-term care and serve as ad­vo­cates for change; pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about long-term care and re­lated ser­vices; pro­mote res­i­dent, fam­ily, and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment in long-term care; ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity about the needs of longterm care res­i­dents; co­or­di­nate ef­forts with other agen­cies con­cerned with long-term care, visit longterm care fa­cil­i­ties rou­tinely to talk to res­i­dents and mon­i­tor con­di­tions; and ed­u­cate fa­cil­ity staff about res­i­dent rights and other is­sues. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Linda Ann Daniel at 1-866-5658213 or 706-272-2158.

The Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion’s Car­ing Closet was cre­ated to help off­set the high cost of in­con­ti­nent prod­ucts and give the families sup­port they of­ten des­per­ately need. Once a month, fam­ily care­givers car­ing for their loved one with de­men­tia still liv­ing at home visit the Closet and re­ceive free items. If you would like to visit the near­est Closet, call the chap­ter of­fice to re­ceive a flier with lo­ca­tions and hours. Morn­ing Pointe in Cal­houn has a Car­ing Closet; call Mary Braden at 706-629-0777.

The North­west Ge­or­gia Parkin­son Dis­ease As­so­ci­a­tion, Inc. , is of­fer­ing a monthly sup­port group for per­sons liv­ing with Parkin­son Dis­ease, their care­givers, fam­ily and friends. The sup­port group will meet at Gor­don Hos­pi­tal; Con­fer­ence Room A. Re­fresh­ments will be served. There is no cost to at­tend the sup­port group meet­ing. For any ques­tions about the sup­port group and fu­ture meet­ings, call James Trus­sell at 706-235-3164 or 706-346-5678.

Are you in­ter­ested in los­ing pounds and inches? Join TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sen­si­bly) for sup­port and how-to in­for- ma­tion. Meet­ings are on Mon­day nights. Weigh­ins be­gin at 6 p.m., and group sup­port and in­for­ma­tion starts at 7 p.m. at the Gor­don County Se­nior Cit­i­zens Cen­ter, 150 Cam­bridge Court, Cal­houn. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 706-847-3306.

Com­mu­nity vol­un­teers are needed at Coun­try­side Hos­pice Care, where the mis­sion is to pro­mote com­fort and dig­nity at the end of life. The agency cov­ers 26 North­west Ge­or­gia coun­ties be­tween three of­fices in LaFayette, Rome, and New­nan. If you would like to par­tic­i­pate in this re­ward­ing pro­gram, call 706-638-7651 or 1-800-6607381.

Dis­cov­er­ing Hope, an autism sup­port group for North­west Ge­or­gia, meets the fourth Tues­day of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Friend­ship Bap­tist Church, Rocky Face. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Con­nie Post at 706-673- 7765 or www.dis­cov­er­inghope.us.

Car­ing Con­nec­tion is a tele­phone sup­port group es­pe­cially for care­givers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s who can­not leave their homes be­cause of care re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. This sup­port group is as close as the phone. Call 706-275-0819 or 1-800-272-3900 and ask to be en­rolled in Car­ing Con­nec­tion.

Have you ex­pe­ri­enced a loss of loved one, and feel you are all alone? You are wel­come to join a Grief Sup­port Group. Meet­ings are held the fourth Tues­day of ev­ery month at 7 p.m. in Gor­don Hos­pi­tal’s Class­room A. For more in­for­ma­tion call 706-6292895, ext. 2203.

The Com­pas­sion­ate Friends of Dal­ton and N.W. Ge­or­gia is part of a world­wide ef­fort that has helped many families cope with the loss of a child and to honor our chil­dren’s mem­ory. The Com­pas­sion­ate Friends meets on the third Thurs­day of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Evan­gel­i­cal Methodist Church (in the “Gath­er­ing Place” build­ing), 1035 Abut­ment Road, Dal­ton (on the hill be­hind the old Lowe’s off Wal­nut Av­enue). For more in­for­ma­tion, call Dawn at 706277-3312 or 706-264-4458 or e-mail dawn­sis­son@ msn.com.

SING (Sur­viv­ing In­fi­delity Nec­es­sary to your Growth) has formed here. If you are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­culty in mar­riage and are look­ing for ways to sur­vive, then you should come and be part of these meet­ings de­signed to help, en­cour­age, and solve is­sues in a mar­riage that can lead to a promis­ing fu­ture ahead for the en­tire fam­ily. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Iroka Moore at 706-6292880.

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