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October 09, 2000|MICHAEL ZIMMERMAN

Classes

Families can learn how to care for cancer patients at home through a series of programs sponsored by UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on five consecutive Thursdays. Free. Registration required. (310) 825-6134.

This Thursday, the series begins with "An Introduction to Caregiving: An Overview of Cancer and Treatment"; Oct. 19, "Symptom and Pain Management"; Oct. 26, "Nutrition and Fatigue"; Nov. 2, "Supportive Care in the Home"; Nov. 9, "Coping With Caregiving."

EDUCATION

The Braille Institute offers six-week programs for people with fading vision, teaching them to perform daily tasks such as cooking, managing the home and learning how to use visual aids and receive talking books. Times and locations vary. (Certification needed by a doctor stating you're legally blind.) Registration required. (323) 663-1111, Ext. 1252.

Tuesday: The seminar "Spotlight on Solutions" will teach senior citizens about health-care and legal decisions, alternative living arrangements and home/health-care options. Glendale Memorial Hospital, Homan Center, 125 Eulalia St. 9:30-11 a.m. Free. (818) 502-2396.

Wednesday: The workshop "Advance Directives" will address the durable power of attorney for health care, which is a legal procedure to control life support should a patient become critically ill and unable to speak. Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, Classroom A, 1250 16th St., Santa Monica. 2.-3:30 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (800) 516-5323.

Wednesday: Beginning this week, the House Ear Institute will offer a nine-week course, "Lip-Reading and Coping Skills for the Hearing Impaired" for adults with mild to severe hearing loss. Beginners course is 2:15-4 p.m. Advanced course is 1-2 p.m. $90, including spouses. (626) 585-8766.

LECTURES

Thursday: A radiologist will discuss new options for limiting or reversing brain injury from strokes. UCLA, Louis Jolyon West Auditorium, 720 Westwood Plaza, Westwood. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Reservations required. (800) 516-5323.

Friday: "Anxiety Disorders," led by a psychologist, will provide information on panic attacks, extensive worrying, shyness and coping strategies. UCLA, Stein Plaza Auditorium, Westwood Boulevard and LeConte Avenue, Westwood. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Reservations required. (800) 516-5323.

Saturday: "Getting to the Heart of the Matter," a panel of cardiologists, will address prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Huntington Hospital, Braun Auditorium, 100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (800) 820-3463.

SCREENINGS

Wednesday: Blood pressure screenings, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, Cafeteria Conference Rooms 2 and 3, 1250 16th St., Santa Monica. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. (800) 516-5323.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Tuesday: Hepatitis support group, USC Hospital, 1500 San Pablo St., Los Angeles. 5:30-7 p.m. (Meets second Tuesdays.) Other groups and locations also available. Contact the American Liver Foundation at (310) 670-4624.

Wednesday: Ongoing attention deficit disorder therapy group for Family Service of Long Beach, Suite 416, 5500 Atherton St., Long Beach. $10 assessment fee, $15 per meeting. 7-8:30 p.m. (562) 493-1496.

Wednesday: NAMI Orange County (formerly the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Orange County) will host a support group for families and friends of people who are mentally ill. UCI Medical Center's Neuropsychiatric Center, occupational therapy room, second floor, 101 City Drive South, Irvine. 6-7:30 p.m. Other groups and locations also available. (714) 544 8488.

Thursday: Breast cancer support group for patients, survivors, friends and family members. Glendale Memorial Hospital, Cancer Center Auditorium, 1520 S. Central Ave. 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Meets second Thursdays.) (818) 502-2323.

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