Health briefs: Health fair and senior expo coming to Sun City Center

August 6, 2013 

Health fair and senior expo Aug. 8

SUN CITY CENTER -- A health fair and senior expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Community Hall South Campus, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The expo will feature exhibits, prizes, samples and free health screenings.

Fairgoers also can get a jump on flu shots, which will be available through Walgreens. People interested in the next Tampa Bay Senior Games in October will find lots of information on how to register.

The event is free. For more information, call 813-653-1988.

Classes discuss connection between food and pain

BRADENTON -- "Eat Your Way Out of Pain" is a new five-week class series that begins Aug. 6 at New Medicine Community at Health Park East, 6020 State Road 70. The classes will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 3.

The series explores the connection between common foods and chronic pain. "There is no universal food that triggers pain for everybody," said clinical nutritionist Paulette Weber, who will teach the classes.

However, there are foods that commonly exacerbate pain mainly through triggering inflammation, said Weber. They are sugar, sugar substitutes, artificial fats, potatoes and wheat, she said. Each category will be the topic of a class in the series, starting with sugar.

"Sometimes people aren't aware of how much sugar they eat. They can be eating sugar and not realizing it because sugar is added to a lot of foods," said Weber.

The class series is free and people can attend any or all sessions. For more information, visit www.newmedicinecommunity.com or call 941-761-9816.

Jewish Center offers help with dementia issues

SARASOTA -- Jewish Family and Children's Services of Sarasota-Manatee offers counseling and support for caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's, related dementia or mild cognitive impairment. The center sends social workers for home visits, connects caregivers to community resources and offers respite care.

The program is available to Manatee County residents and is funded by a grant through the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to study an approach to helping spouses, partners and adult children who have a role as caregivers.

Alzheimer's is a family disease in that it affects not only the patient but also the caregiver and other family members, said Pamela Baron, director of senior services at the Jewish Family and Children's Services center in Sarasota.

"We can do a lot to support these individuals," said Baron. Social workers can make multiple home visits for counseling and support. The center also sends trained AmeriCorps volunteers to people's homes to offer respite care.

Once in the program, caregivers also are eligible to join a support group at the Jewish Family and Children's Services center.

The program is nondenominational. For information, call the center at 941-366-2224.

Marauders fans invitedto be in the pink Aug. 9

BRADENTON -- It's time to Get Your Pink On! for the Bradenton Marauders annual fundraiser event to fight breast cancer Aug. 9 at McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W. The Marauders team will be wearing pink jerseys and swinging pink bats for the cause.

"It's a high energy atmosphere and one of those events where everybody is into it. Everyone comes to the game and understands what an important cause this is," said Nate March, the Marauders communications coordinator.

Last year, some 1,800 fans attended, March said.

There will be a decorated pink bra contest and breast cancer survivors' walk, along with prizes and an auction. The team will auction off the pink bats and jerseys that will be autographed by players.

The game against the St. Lucie Mets begins at 6:30 p.m.; gates open at 5:30 p.m. The survivor's walk will be at 6 p.m.

Susan Hemmingway, Herald health correspondent, can be reached at shemmingway@hotmail.com.

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