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.



•Stroke support group: A free stroke support group will meet at 3 p.m. April 8 in the Suite 3 conference room for stroke survivors, caregivers and family members.



• Breastfeeding 101: Class will be held at 6 p.m. April 9 in the education room on the second floor of the Family Birth Place. The cost is $10. Registration required.



• Baby Basics: To help prepare future parents for the basic handling of their newborn at 6 p.m. April 16 in the Family Birth Place education room. Cost is $10. Registration required.



• Super Siblings: Class to help children prepare for the upcoming arrival of their new baby brother or sister at 4 p.m. April 24 in the Family Birth Place. Registration required.



• 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.



Evening with the Cardiac Experts



Join Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast for ''An Evening with the Cardiac Experts” from 5-7 p.m. April 18 at Café Thirty-A in Seagrove Beach. The free event will feature a brief presentation on the expanded heart and vascular services now available at Sacred Heart and Q&A with a panel of cardiac experts. Complimentary heart-healthy hors d’oeuvres and libations will be served. RSVP at sacredheart.event@gmail.com or 278-3030 by April 15.



Camp for adult cancer patients



Camp Bluebird, a retreat experience for people coping with cancer, is scheduled for April 17-19 at Sacred Heart’s Miracle Camp on Beulah Road in Escambia County. The Miracle Camp complex is nestled in a 40-acre nature preserve. The camp includes a dormitory, dining hall, activities building, paved nature trails, a pond and an outdoor chapel.



Adults who have been diagnosed with cancer are encouraged to register now to participate, even if they are not seeing a Sacred Heart physician.



To obtain more information or a registration form for Camp Bluebird, view the website, www.campbluebirdfl.com or contact Pat Brown at 416-7176.



Support groups



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.



Support groups



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.