The Northwest Florida Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 24 at Healthmark Regional Medical Center in DeFuniak Springs.
• Sept. 25: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Santa Rosa Pharmacy, 7 Town Center Loop in Santa Rosa Beach
Sacred Heart Hospital
The following classes will be held at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. To register, call 278-3600 or toll-free (877) 416-1600 unless noted.
• Super Siblings: Class to help children prepare for the upcoming arrival of their new baby brother or sister at 4 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Family Birth Place. Registration required.
• Joint replacement: Bi-weekly education classes at 10 a.m. Sept. 26 in the hospital’s Resource Center Suite 3 conference room. To attend, call Linda Ledford at 278-3646.
• Online childbirth class: Families will learn about the stages of labor, comfort techniques, common medical procedures, including epidurals and cesareans, and newborn and postpartum care. Engaging videos, personal birth stories, 3D animations, games, and activities make learning easy and fun. Rolling registration. Cost is $35.
Alzheimer’s support group
Alzheimer's Family Services will have a support group for family members or friends coping with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Great Event Center (Creehan’s), 12590 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite C. The support group is free and respite care is available. To register call 478-7790.
Shelter House hosts a free support group for domestic violence victims from 5:30-7 p.m. every Tuesday at its DeFuniak Springs office, 846 US Hwy. 90 West, Suite B. No pre-registration is necessary. Call 892-0333.
Shelter House will host free weekly support groups for domestic violence victims in South Walton County from 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays in Miramar Beach. Call 243-1201 for specific meeting location and directions. Individual appointments are also available.
Alzheimer’s CARE program
Area families have access to free resources included in a new program designed to help them cope with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Developed by the Home Instead Senior Care network, in conjunction with a team of the top Alzheimer’s experts in North America, the Alzheimer’s CARE Program focuses on the care and dignity of individuals rather than the symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and possible cures for the disease.
Available at HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com, the online training will teach participants how to use the CARE approach to manage behaviors, encourage engagement and care for themselves while caring for their loved one.
Also available is a free booklet, Helping Families Cope, which includes information about the CARE approach and additional information to help families who struggle with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.
To receive a free copy of the Helping Families Cope booklet, call 243-6464 or visit HelpforAlzheimersFamilies.com.