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October 16, 2000|MICHAEL ZIMMERMAN

EDUCATION

* Today: "Genetics of Breast Cancer," Wellness Community-South Bay Cities, 109 W. Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach. 6-8 p.m. Free. (310) 376-3550.

* Today: "In Times of Crisis, What You Should Know About Geriatric Psychiatric Hospitals," sponsored by the Alzheimer's Assn., will include a panel discussing family and patient rights, nursing home transfers and treatment plans. Lakeview Senior Center, 20 Lake Road, Irvine, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. (800) 660-1993.

* Wednesday: A diabetes educator and a registered dietitian will lead a clinic on diabetes. Topics include administering insulin, developing a diet plan and monitoring health. Diabetes Clinic, 1006 W. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. 3:30-6 p.m. Free. Registration required. (714) 490-2038.

* Today: "Improving Speech and Swallowing," for Parkinson's patients and the elderly. Granada Hills Community Hospital's Center for Aging, Research and Evaluation, 10339 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (818) 366 1967.

LECTURES

* Tuesday: "Legal Issues Related to Dementia" will include paying for long-term care, Medi-Cal benefits, conservatorships, power of attorney and trusts. UCLA, 300 UCLA Medical Plaza, Marisa Leif Conference Room, Westwood. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (800) 516-5323.

* Tuesday: A gynecologic oncologist will discuss ovarian cancer and treatment options. Wellness Community-Foothills, 200 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 118, Pasadena. 7-9 p.m. Free. (626) 796-1083.

* Wednesday: A radiation oncologist will talk about prevention, risk factors and screening for colorectal cancer. Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, Classroom A, 1250 16th St., Santa Monica. Noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (800) 516-5323.

* Wednesday: A lecture on gene research and treatments for diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, as well as depression. Huntington Hospital, Research Conference Hall, 100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Lunch, $5. Reservations required. (626) 397-3147.

* Friday: "Vitamins and Supplements" will be held in the community room at Santa Monica Place, 4th Street and Broadway Avenue, Santa Monica. 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Reservations required. (800) 516-5323.

SUPPORT GROUPS

* Today: The Legacy Builders group provides education and support for people who are facing a life-threatening illness. City of Hope National Medical Center, Hillquit Building, Support Group Room 4015, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte. 3-4:30 p.m. Registration required. (Meets first and third Mondays.) (626) 359-8111, Ext. 5465.

* Tuesday: Brain injury support group will meet at Daniel Freeman Hospital's Medical Education Conference Center, 333 N. Prairie Ave., Inglewood. 6 p.m. (Meets third Tuesday.) (310) 674-7050, Ext. 3100.

* Tuesday: Prostate cancer support group. Providence Holy Cross Medical Center's Cancer Center, 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills. 7-8:30 p.m. (Meets third Tuesday.) (818) 898-4410.

* Wednesday: Support group for caregivers of dementia patients. Northridge Hospital's Roscoe campus, 18300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge. 6:50-9 p.m. Reservations required. (Meets first and third Wednesdays.) (818) 872-3213.

* Wednesday: Caregivers support group. Glendale Memorial Hospital's Senior Service Center, 1330 S. Glendale Ave. 3-4:30 p.m. (818) 502-2396.

* Wednesday: Stroke support group. Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Rehabilitation Dining Room, 1420 S. Central Ave. 2-3 p.m. (818) 502-1900, Ext. 4787.

* Thursday: The Arthritis Foundation will offer a fibromyalgia education and support group meeting at the Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 E. Washington Blvd., Whittier. 7 p.m. For information, contact Pat Porter at (562) 869-7260.

* Saturday: The Alzheimer's Assn. of Orange County will conduct the workshop "When Choosing to Live Away From Home: What Kinds of Care Settings are Available" on Saturday at Fashion Island Shopping Center, Edwards Big Newport Theatre, 300 Newport Beach. 9-11 a.m. Free. Reservations recommended. (800) 660 1993.

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Discussion

St. Vincent Medical Center will host nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis and Jeffrey Marx, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Tuesday to discuss the need for organ transplant donors. Marx is the author of "It Gets Dark Sometimes: My Sister's Fight to Live and Save Lives," about his sister Wendy's successful liver transplant. Lewis and Marx, as well as noted transplant surgeons Robert Mendez and Rafael Mendez, will meet with the hospital's organ transplant support group. S. Mark Taper Transplant Center, first-floor boardroom, 2200 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (213) 484-5591.

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