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Senior Medicaid solutions luncheon: Riverfront Nursing & Rehab Center, 105 15th St. E., Bradenton, will host an informative luncheon noon-1 p.m. March 25. Enjoy a free lunch while you learn more about how the nursing home Medicaid process works. Any questions you might have regarding this process can be answered during this time. Space is limited. RSVP by March 18 by calling 941-747-8681.
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Brain health session: In response to the need for helping bridge the healthcare disparity gap, the Multicultural Health Institute will be exploring various aspects of brain health during the March 19 session of its Senior Health and Wellness Series. Guest presenters at this free public event include Mauricio Concha, MD, medical director of Sarasota Memorial's Comprehensive Stroke Center; Nicci Kobritz, R.N./N.P., CEO of the Sci-Brain program at Roskamp Institute; and Katie Scott, Alzheimer's Association -- Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Program Specialist. The second segment of the March event will focus on "Creativity Across the Ages," facilitated by nationally noted artist Eleanor Merritt-Darlington, Art Uptown Gallery and eleanormerritt.com. All Senior Health and Wellness series sessions are free to the public and held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the North Sarasota Library, 2801 Newtown Boulevard. MHI's eight-part series for seniors on topical issues of aging runs through May 14. The upcoming April 16 edition will address "Preventing and Living with Cancer." All sessions include both a wellness segment featuring leading healthcare experts plus an oral technology component facilitated by Booker High School students. Information: 941-225-8198 or www.the-MHI.org.
Acupuncture lecture: Fiorenza Arigoni lectures about acupuncture 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays at Richard's Foodporium, 3110 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton. The event is free. RSVP to 941-284-6476.
Aging concerns: Manatee Aging Network, a voluntary coalition of people representing both for-profit and nonprofit health, human and social service organizations and others concerned with aging issues, meets 9-10 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Waters Edge of Bradenton, 3132 21st Lane W., Bradenton. Networking begins at 8:30 a.m. Information: 941-748-7797.
Cancer-patient groups: These cancer-patient groups meet at Blake Medical Center, 2020 59th St. W., Bradenton. Information: BlakeMedicalCenter.com/cancer. For information and registration, call 888-359-3552.
Yoga for cancer patients with Anne Silverman, 941-465-1590; 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Mondays; Cancer Support Community at Blake.
Exercise class for breast cancer patients with Marsha Shuford 941-798-2141; noon-1 p.m. Mondays; Cancer Support Community at Blake.
American Cancer Society at Blake open 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays in the Cancer Resource Center. Information: Diane, 941-782-7416.
Belly dancing for oncology patients: Counters the feeling of being stiff or rigid and helps improve flexibility; noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays in the Cancer Support Community at Blake.
Caring Friends Support Group: meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Dolphin Pelican Room at Blake. The group is free, doctor-supported and no registration is required. Information: Winnie Schroeder, 941-792-7204.
Chronic Kidney Disease Education: A free class is offered on chronic kidney disease that covers causes, progression and treatment options. Individuals diagnosed with chronic kidney disease or with diabetes and/or high blood pressure can benefit greatly from this education. Call Tracy at (941) 405-9683 to register for a class or individual session. This education is available ongoing at one of two Bradenton locations: 520 Manatee Ave E. in East Bradenton or 5902 Point West Blvd. in West Bradenton.
Fitness classes: The Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, offers Yoga Stretch at 11 a.m. Mondays and Muscular Strength and Range of Movement at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Both classes are suitable for varying levels of mobility. Cost: $5 for SEC Members, $7 for guests and free to Silver Sneakers participants. Information: 941-749-0100.
H2U programs: These events are offered by H2U, an adult health and wellness organization sponsored by Blake Medical Center. Individuals pay a $20 annual membership fee, and become members of the national H2U program. Some of the benefits include: VIP hospital privileges; upgrade in room, if available; free daily local newspaper; complimentary meal plan for a spouse or caregiver during member's inpatient hospitalization; and Medicare Part A Deductible may be waived. For specific events and reservations, call 1-888-359-3552. To receive H2U Program information and membership application, call 941-792-0211. Activities offered include aerobics, bridge lesson, bingo, tai chi, line dancing, Wii, Zumba and more. The Cortez Center is at 6670 Cortez Road; the Bayshore Center is at 6049 26th St. W.; the Ellenton Center is at 7042 U.S. 301 N. For more information, call 941-792-0211; for reservations, call 888-359-3552.
LRMC programs and support groups: Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., holds the following ongoing programs and support groups: diabetes support group, Healthy Hearts support group, Heart Device support group, childbirth education classes, new mom and baby group, prenatal yoga. For information on these programs, call 800-454-8215.
MMH programs and support groups: Manatee Memorial Hospital, 206 Second St. E., Bradenton, 941-746-5111 hosts the following classes, support groups and programs at the hospital: MOMM's Place/Perinatal Education Classes for moms, dads and families including: Prepared Childbirth, Your Amazing Newborn, Introduction to Breastfeeding, Keeping Baby Safe, Lowdown on Labor, Mommy Yollet, Car Seat Check Ups, classes held in MOMM's Place, MMH Medical Office Building Suite 3F, call 941-745-6925. Support Groups include: Women Living with Cancer Support Group, meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays at MOMM's Place, MMH Medical Office Building Suite 3F, call 941-745-6925. Call the "What's Happening Line" at 941-745-7308 for information on events during the month or manateememorial.com.
Memory testing: Bradenton Research Center under the supervision of Dr. W. Alvin McElveen offers free memory testing 1-5 p.m. Thursdays at 3924 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. No appointment necessary. Information: 941-708-0005 or bradentonresearch.com.
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Manatee County: meets at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. General membership meetings are 7-9 p.m. the fourth Monday, support group meets 7-9 p.m. the second Monday. NAMI Manatee is a grassroots, self-help organization whose mission and goals are threefold: to support family members who have a loved one with a severe mental illness; to educate the general public through outreach; and to advocate for mentally ill individuals who are affected by no-fault biological brain disorders. Information: 941-758-3562 or 941-778-2095, or visit namimanateecounty.org.
Parenting and family matters: Family Resources, 361 Sixth Ave. W., Bradenton, offers a variety of workshops, including "Relating to Your Teen: How to Improve Your Relationship," free workshop and snack offered 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays; crisis intervention, family assessments and individual, group and family counseling; voluntary pay; and individual, marital, group and family support counseling for children and their families confronting difficulties involving family separation and divorce. Information: 941-741-3575.
Parkinson's Disease help: The Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center, a service of Manatee Memorial Hospital is now offering the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT BIG™) program for improving communication and movement in individuals with Parkinson's disease. Two therapists from the center, Dawn Castro, PT and Ashley Zuberbier, PTA were recently trained and received their certification in this advanced treatment for Parkinson's. The LSVT BIG program consists of a total of 16 individual 60-minute sessions over one month (four sessions per week) that are specifically developed to address the unique movement impairments seen in Parkinson's patients. The intense treatment protocol which includes many repetitions of core daily living movements trains patients to increase the amplitude of their limb and body movements. The program has shown to improve balance, speed of walking and function with daily tasks. The Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center is at 5245 33rd St. E., Suite 32, Bradenton. Call Suzanne Anderson at 941-745-7559 for more information.
Tobacco prevention class change: The Tobacco Free Manatee Coalition meets 4-5 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of March, May, July, September and November. The meetings are held at the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County, 410 Sixth Ave. E., Bradenton. Tobacco Free Manatee's mission is to reduce tobacco use in Manatee County.
Creative Movement Class: Bella Danza Dance and Ballroom Academy has added a class designed and structured for children with handicaps. Children will explore music and dance in a variety of stimulating and fun activities and exercises. The class is appropriate for children or teens with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, deafness, blindness, wheelchair bound, Down's Syndrome, and others. The class meets at 2 p.m. Saturdays at The Bella Danza Studio, 5702 Manatee Ave. W. Cost: $50/month. Information and registration: belladanzadance.com or Cindy Tanner at 941-301-5854.
Diabetes programs, classes: Manatee County Rural Health Services offers a free program for diabetic patients, including classes, to help them better manage their disease. Information: Rosa at East Manatee clinic, 941-708-8700, or Sherian at the North Manatee clinic, 941-721-2020.
Free diabetes classes are offered 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at the Southeast Administration Building, 919 53rd Ave. E. The classes will teach participants how to prevent and delay related diabetes complications, help control blood sugar levels and more. Information: 941-751-8100.
A free diabetes and obesity education class meets 10-11 a.m. the first Saturday of the month at the RTI Insurance Building, 6371 Business Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. The class is also offered 4-5 p.m. the first Friday of each month at Pinnacle Medical Center, 315 75th St. NW., Bradenton. Space is limited; call 941- 504-4000 for reservations.
"OutSmart Diabetes" Healthy Lifestyle Education Program offers updated classes on a regular basis, focusing on anyone wanting to live a healthier lifestyle. Day or evening classes offered. Six-hour comprehensive education class, held over two days, three hours each day. Complimentary blood sugar meter and testing supplies given for the person with diabetes if needed. Individual home visit made for the special needs client for diabetes education, blood sugar meter training, insulin training. Classes are taught by a board certified diabetes educator. Pre-registration requested; call 941-232-3846.
Fitness: G.T. Bray has announced a group fitness schedule which includes Yoga, cycling, karate, gentle aerobics, Zumba and more. Call 941-742-5923 or visit mymanatee.org for class schedule and membership information.
Parkinson's disease: Parkinson Place, 5969 Cattleridge Blvd., Suite 100, Sarasota, offers the following classes for Parkinson's patients and caregivers. Information: 941-893-4188.
Gentle/Chair Yoga & Meditation with Lynn Burgess, 10 a.m. first and third Monday; for patients and caregivers wanting easy and effective ways to stay calm and focused through ability-based yoga movements, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques.
Dance For Parkinson's with Leymis Wilmott, 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday; for patients and caregivers wanting a fun ways to stay active and engaged through expressive movement to live music. Based on the renowned Mark Morris "Dance for PD," Brooklyn, N.Y.
Care-4-Me with Denise Drabik, 2 p.m. first and third Tuesday; guidance, support and resources for caregivers through an informal Q & A group discussion and recommendations for the best individual care plan.
Caregiver Boot Camp with Marilyn Tait, 2 p.m. second Tuesday; for caregivers wanting direction, motivation, support and sociability through fun and upbeat motivational programs, offering the success strategies necessary to survive the stress and strain of long-term care giving.
Voice Aerobics with Mary Spremulli, 10 a.m. first and third Wednesday; for patients wanting to enhance speech and communication through breathing and voice exercises that can be practiced at home.
Ageless Grace with Mary Masi, 10 a.m. second and fourth Thursday; for patients and caregivers wanting to enhance function and cognitive skills through 21 body-and-mind chair exercises that stimulate and utilize the five areas of the brain and promote lifelong comfort and ease.
Parkinson Power with Marilyn Tait, 10 a.m. third Thursday; positive and rewarding motivational programs focused on empowerment and everything you need to maintain a positive attitude and passion for life.
Support, classes for women: The Women's Center Classes and Support Groups at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., hosts these classes and events:
Health Education lectures on diabetes. Meetings are held weekly. Information: 941-232-3846.
ALS Association Resource Group. Meetings are held 1-3 p.m. first Friday of the month. Information: 888-257-1717.
More information and reservations: 782-2100 or visit lakewoodranchmedicalcenter.com.
Senior exercise: Fit & Firm Fitness Studio is hosting affordable baby boomers and seniors low-impact fitness class: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. at 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 9:30 and 11 a.m. Fridays. Seniors find out how you can exercise for free. Information: 941-756-8850 or trainerforce.net/personalfitness.
Stretching class: Active isolated stretching classes are beginning at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex, 5309 29th St. E, Ellenton. Learn how to deal effectively with such problems as sciatica, bulging discs, posture, gait and more. Classes are taught by Brian W. Smith, LMT, Massage Therapist for the USA Olympic Pairs Figure Skaters Ladwig & Evora. Call for class times at cost at 941-730-3369.
Tai chi for arthritis: Body in Balance, 4442 Fifth St. W., Bradenton, will hold tai chi for arthritis classes noon Tuesdays. Cost: $30 for a six-week series. They also offer a water exercise class Thursday mornings at G.T. Bray. Call 941-758-2111 to RSVP or to check the monthly schedule.
Total body conditioning: A new exercise class, Total Body Conditioning, is offered 9:30-11 a.m. Fridays at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Holmes Beach. The class features cardio for 30 minutes, core strength for 30 minutes, and balance thru tai chi and ballet type poses and moves. Flexibility mat work 30 minutes, focusing on healthy strong back and meditative stretching using Yoga and physical therapy safe mat work. Taught by Mo. For member information and class fees call AMICC at 941-778-1908. For detailed class content information call Mo at 941-779-1108.
Women's exercise class: Live the Life's "Marriage & Family Works Project" is offering a weekly community exercise class for women this summer at 9:30 a.m. Mondays at 1001 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. The class is taught by Revelation Wellness instructor Kristen Ross, and can be modified for all levels of fitness. Cost:s $10 a class or $32 for four classes. Bring a towel and water. Register online at MarriageWorksForYou.com. Information: 941-827-0500.
Yoga in the Garden: Flowing Yoga poses for Every Body, beginners to intermediate, 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 15 at Palma Sola Botanical Garden, 9800 17th Ave., Bradenton. Classes include an emphasis on back and neck safety with licensed and certified instructor, Janice Behling. Bring your own yoga mat and 2 optional yoga blocks. Cost: $10 per class or 3 for $25 per week with proceeds being donated back to the Palma Sola Botanical Garden.
Yoga and strength conditioning: Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. NW., Bradenton, offers these programs:
Vinyasa Flow Yoga: 9:45 a.m.-11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Pat Richmond; $10 per class or $75 for 10 sessions. Information: 941-795-8223.
Candlelight/restorative yoga: 6-7:15 p.m. Wednesday with Pat Richmond; $10 a session.
Yoga: 8:15 -9:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6-7:15 p.m. Monday and 7-8:15 p.m. Thursday with Angela Simone; call for information: 941-704-8953.
Yoga/Pilates: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday with Laura Bennett; call for information: 941-704-3508.
Yoga: Move, breathe and relax with certified yoga instructor Genevieve Lessard, RYT, in the Historic School Hall at 1505 Center Road, Terra Ceia, 6-7:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. First class is free; others begin at $7.25 each. Beginners are welcome. Information: 941-565-4601 or e-mail GenevieveYoga@gmail.com.
Yoga Arts: 1122 12th St. W., Bradenton, offers Hatha Yoga and Restorative/Therapeutic classes. Hatha Yoga, 5:45-7 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 9:30 -10:45 a.m. Saturday. Restorative/Therapeutic classes, 10-11:15 a.m. Wednesday and 9:30-10:45 a.m. Friday. Eight sessions is $80. Classes are taught by Preston Whaley Jr. Yoga Arts has added a new class for people looking to discover yoga. The class, offered 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays at the studio, helps participants build a foundation of skeletal alignment, core strength, standing balance and mindfulness. Cost: $80 for eight sessions; $14 for a drop-in. To register, call 941-747-9397. Information visit yoga-arts.net.
Yoga/Pilates: with Balance Pilates Studio group classes are 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 6 p.m. Tuesdays at North River Body Therapies, 905 25th Drive E., Ellenton. Reservations: 941- 773-2967.
Women's Resource Center of Manatee: offers power yoga classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; traditional yoga, 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9-10 a.m. Saturdays; and an advance class 10:15-11:15 a.m. Saturdays at 1926 Manatee Ave. W. Nonmembers, $8, members $5. Information: 941-747-6797.
Women's Resource Center of Sarasota County: offers gentle yoga classes 9-10:30 a.m. weekdays and meditative yoga 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays at 340 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Please bring a mat. Cost: members, $5; nonmembers, $10. Information: 941-366-1700 for more info.
G.T. Bray: Classes are held at 6 p.m. Mondays at the G.T. Bray Activity Center, 5504 33rd Ave. Drive W. $32. Information: 941-742-5974.
Integrated Healing Arts: 4216 Cortez Road, offers relaxing, stress-relieving yoga instruction with master Orton Graves, 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $15 per session. Reservations: 941-739-2225.
Bradenton Yoga Studio: holds yoga and pilates classes. Cost: $12 walk-in and $55 for a five-class pass. Information: birdlandyoga.com.
Yoga classes: 8:30 a.m. every Saturday on the beach at the Pine Avenue public beach access, gulfside, in Anna Maria. The cost is by donation, and the class is open for all. No mat required; just bring a beach towel or sheet. Information: 941-794-6723.
Beach yoga: 8:30 a.m. Sundays south of the cafe at Manatee Public Beach. By donation. Bring a blanket or towel.