Health Notes

Health Notes

<lst>Have any health notes to submit to the paper? New class? New or ongoing support group? Blood drive? Fax a brief write-up to 703-917-0991 or e-mail Call Nina M. Dry at 703-917-6422.

The Town of Vienna hosts a weekly lunchtime Weight Watchers program. Open to the public, the group meets Thursdays at 11:30 a.m., at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna. Cost is $150 for each 12-week series, payable in advance. For more information or to register, call 703-255-6350.

Mothers First — Vienna/McLean is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms night out and lectures. November's meetings are Nov. 16 and Nov. 30, from 10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Patrick Henry Library, 101 E. Maple Ave., Vienna. For more information, call 703-827-5922 or visit

VIP Vienna. A support group for people with vision loss meets on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Patrick Henry Library. For more information, call 703-903-0405. Patrick Henry Library is located at 101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna.

La Leche League of Vienna sponsors its next meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m., at the American Legion Post, 330 Center St., N., Vienna. The topic of the meeting is "Advantages of Breastfeeding." Pregnant and nursing women as well as their children are welcome to attend. Free. For more information or questions, call 703-281-5801, 703-716-4872 or send an e-mail to

The Parkinson's Disease Young Onset Support Group. Meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Dolley Madison Library lower level meeting room at 1244 Oak Ridge Avenue in McLean. There is no charge. Patients, caregivers and family members are welcome. Call Hilary Blue at 703-821-1393 for more information.

Fibromyalgia/Arthritis Support Group. Meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m., at the Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. For more information, call Arthritis Foundation at 202-537-6800, Ext. 3026, or Barbara at 703-913-0890.

Weight Management. Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets Thursdays at 6:45 p.m., at Bruen Chapel United Methodist Church, 3035 Cedar Lane, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-205-9041.

HAVEN of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, offers several ongoing, free bereavement support groups.

A general bereavement support group for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Meets the first and third Wednesday of each month, 7:30-9 p.m.

A widow/widower bereavement support group for anyone grieving the death of a spouse. One group meets the first and third Thursdays of each month, 2-3:30 p.m. An evening group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month, from 7:30-9 p.m.

A suicide survivors bereavement support group for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide meets the first Tuesday of each month, 7:30-9 p.m.

Call 703-941-7000 or visit for more information.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Groups. Meetings are facilitated by trained group leaders, ongoing, free and open to the community. Support groups allow families to meet other caregivers, to share experiences and caregiving tips while developing coping skills. Caregivers and family members are invited to visit.

In Oakton, the group meets the third Monday of the month from 7:30 p.m. at Sunrise Senior Living (10322 Blake Lane).

In McLean, a caregiver support group meets on the second Monday of each month at 1 p.m. at The Sylvestery, 1728 Kirby Road in McLean. The Sylvestery is Vinson Hall Retirement Community's new assisted living residence for the care of people with memory impairments. Barbara Adams, M.S.W., will be the support group leader. Call Betty Moore, group leader, at 703-255-2050, before attending for the first time.

For a complete listing of Alzheimer’s Association support groups meet throughout the National Capital Area, call toll-free 1-866-259-0042 or visit Support groups are subject to change. Contact the support group leader to verify date, time and location.

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Hyperactivity Disorder) of Northern Virginia. A support group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, 7:15 p.m., at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Contact Annette Spector,, with questions. The support group schedule is also posted online at For more information about these and other upcoming meetings, call 703-641-5451 or e-mail

The Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group meets every Wednesday, 7-8 p.m., at the Falls Church High School Career Center, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail.

Life with Cancer Caregivers Meeting. Every Wednesday, 5:30-7 p.m. Meetings for family members to discuss and explore topics of concern including coping strategies, support, information related to cancer and more. Use Blue parking garage. Meetings held at Inova Fairfax Woman's Center, radiation oncology conference room, at 3300 Gallows Road in Falls Church. Call 703-698-2841 for registration and information.

Social Skills/Therapy Groups. In small, age-appropriate groups, children who have difficulty in social situations learn and practice appropriate behavior, such as initiating and maintaining conversation, listening, sharing, problem-solving, self-control, handling teasing, dealing with emotions and making friends. Cost is $55-$65 per session. (May be insurance-reimbursable.) For registration, call the Jewish Social Service Agency at 703-204-9100.

The Alzheimer's Family Day Center is looking for volunteers. If interested, contact Joan at 703-532-8899 or

The Epilepsy Foundation is sponsoring on-going support groups and classes in Fairfax County; Washington, D.C. and Prince William County. Free. For information, call 703-425-6660.

Recovery Inc., a nonprofit support group for depression, bipolar disorder and other nervous diseases, meets every Friday at Boulevard Baptist Church, 7000 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. Contact Lee at 703-777-1708.

Multiple Sclerosis Group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Vienna Baptist Church, 941 Marshall Road SW, Vienna. Meeting is open to anyone with multiple sclerosis and/or their friends and family. Sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of the MS Society. Call 703-768-4841.

Become a Foster or Adoptive Parent Today. A chance to make a difference in a child’s life. Call Fairfax County’s Foster Care and Adoption Program at 703-324-7639.