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.

Northern Virginia Ethical Society meets on Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. Speaker James Coley, vice president of the North Carolina Society for Ethical Culture from Chapel Hill, N.C., will discuss "Medical Ethics, Life and Death." Free. Event takes place at 225 Nutley St., N.W., Vienna. For more information about NoVES, visit or call 703-437-3161.

Autumn Stews. Life with Cancer sponsors "Nutrition: Hearty Autumn Stews" on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. at Whole Foods Market, 143 Maple Ave., E., Vienna. Dietitian Jennifer Keller provides a brief overview of her organization's research on the relationship of a vegetarian diet and cancer, and demonstrate cooking some stews. Participants must register by Oct. 18. For more information, call 703-776-2841 or visit

Vienna VIP. Patrick Henry Library offers a support group for people with vision loss on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m. Open to adults. To register, call 703-938-0405. Patrick Henry Library is located at 101 Maple Ave., E., Vienna.

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.

Amputee Support Group of Northern Virginia. A support group for amputees, their families and friends. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month, 7:30-9 p.m., at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Physician's Conference Center, Room 1D, first floor, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. There is no cost to participants, and parking is provided free in the garage for cars displaying handicapped placards or license plates. Contact Irvin Axelrod at 703-222-7120 or e-mail for more information.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) sponsors groups for injured victims and for relatives and friends of those who have been killed in drunk driving-related crashes. For information and location, call 703-978-3025.

Sunrise Assisted Living of Oakton offers a short-term stay program for aging persons. Fees vary depending on the community and personal care needs. Three meals per day are included. Program is designed for a week's stay to several months. For more information, call 703-691-0046. Sunrise of Oakton is located at 10322 Blake Lane, Oakton.

Parkinson's Groups. A Parkinson's Disease caregivers/carepartners support group meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., at Dolley Madison Library, lower level meeting room, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call Angela Robb, 703-277-9666.

A Fairfax Parkinson’s Disease support group meets at 2 p.m. on the third Thursday at the Little River Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes patients and family members. No charge. For more information, call Leon at 202-966-4450.

A Parkinson’s Disease exercise class meets weekly every Thursday at 2 p.m. at Greenspring Village, 7400 Spring Village Drive, Town Center Building (classroom), Springfield. Instructor: Monica Phillips. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes patients, family members and carepartners. Fee. For a class schedule and more information, call Michel Margosis at 703-569-2630.

A Springfield Parkinson’s Disease support group meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Thursday at Greenspring Village, 7400 Spring Village Drive, Town Center Building, Springfield. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes patients, family members and carepartners. No charge. For more information, call Michel Margosis at 703-569-2630.

Virginia Health Information (VHI). VHI, a nonprofit, independent organization, has published information on its Web site,, reporting on the in-patient cardiac care provided at all licensed hospitals in Virginia. The information compares their performance and mortality outcomes. VHI’s study is based on over 100,000 cardiac patient discharges submitted by Virginia hospitals for the year 2000.

Shoplifters Anonymous. Group offers a new 12-step meeting program for those who wish to stop compulsive shoplifting. The group meets every Thursday, 7-8 p.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 7426 Idylwood Road. Call Sue at 703-759-0396 or Carol at 703-764-0347 to confirm the meeting date.