Since November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, the Alzheimer's Association is offering a free conference to help raise awareness and provide education and support to caregivers on Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., at Ooltewah United Methodist Church, 6131 Relocation Way, Ooltewah. Featured speakers are Dr. Nell Mohney and Lee Wilson. Lunch provided. Registration required. For information or to register, call 265-3600. Complimentary respite available with preregistration.
AARP driver safety
A class is scheduled 9 a.m., Monday at The Garden Plaza of Greenbriar Cove, Ooltewah-Ringgold Road near Apison Pike, Collegedale. Drivers who complete the course are eligible for vehicle insurance discounts. Cost: $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members. There is no charge for military veterans or their family with proof of ID during November. Call 396-5100 to register
The Alzheimer's Association has driving assessment grant money available for Georgia residents diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease to assist families in paying for the driving assessment by a driver rehabilitation specialist at Siskin Hospital. Money awarded on a first- come, first-served basis. Registration to receive grant money extended through Dec. 31. Contact Kim Franklin at 404-728-6064 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information or listings of additional assessment centers.
Diabetes basics and diet class. This program provides an overview of diabetes and treatment/prevention of complications, diabetes meal planning and carbohydrate counting. Classes 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Hospital and 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. at Memorial Hospital Hixson. Memorial's Diabetes and Nutrition Center can help obtain physician's referral and provide cost information. Registration required. Call 495-7970.
The Multiple Myeloma Networking Group meets tonight at 6 at the Memorial Center for Cancer Support, Memorial Plaza Building, Suite 307, 605 Glenwood Drive (next to Memorial Hospital). There will be a roundtable discussion. Complimentary dinner will be served. For information, contact Jack or Linda Huguelet at 886-3554.
This class, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Monday at Erlanger East (Gunbarrel Road), is designed for expectant parents and is taught by experienced OB nurses. Classes includes stages of labor, relaxation and labor-support techniques, hospital procedures, pain-management options, after birth/home care for moms and in-hospital care for newborns. Q&A session. Registration fee: $75. Call Erlanger's HealthLink at 778-5465 to register.
n Overweight and considering surgical options? Free insurance verification offered through December. Call 423-899-1000 or email email@example.com
n Gastric study. If you are more than 75 pounds overweight and want to participate in a research study with the new sleeve stomach plication, call 899-1000 or visit www.gastricbandinstitute.com for information.
good, feel better
Free service by American Cancer Society teaching female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Held Thursday, Dec. 1, 1-2:30 p.m. at Memorial North Park Hospital, 2015 Hamill Road, Hixson. Call 267-8613 or 800-227-2345.
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