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Caregivers Aid

October 30, 2000|MICHAEL ZIMMERMAN

"Caring for the Caregiver," for family members or friends caring for a loved one, will provide support, updates on community resources, and education on topics such as stress management and legal issues. Free on-site or in-home services can be arranged in advance to allow caregivers the opportunity to attend. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland, Culver City. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. (310) 575-1699.

EDUCATION

* Thursday: "Relaxation and Visualization for Cancer Patients" will help people cope with the pain and side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Wellness Community-Foothills, Suite 118, 200 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena. 6-6:45 p.m. Free. (626) 796-1083.

* Thursday: "Back Talk" will focus on neck pain, scoliosis and lower back problems. St. Johns Health Center, Main Annex Auditorium, 1328 22nd St., Santa Monica. 7-9 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (310) 829-8453.

* Thursday: "Soothing Your Stomach" will outline the causes and treatments of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, 24451 Health Center Drive, Laguna Hills. Reservations required. 10-11 a.m. Free. (949) 452-7255.

EVENTS

* Thursday: Seniors Health Fair will offer flu shots, health assessments and medical information. Hollywood Senior Multipurpose Center, 1360 N. St. Andrews Place, Hollywood. 9-1 p.m. Free. Contact Heidi Bea, (323) 957-3900.

* Friday: The Redondo Beach Senior and Disabled Adult Health Fair will include health screenings, eye exams, balance testing, blood pressure screening, chiropractic evaluations, cataract and glaucoma testing, and, for those 60 and older, free flu shots. Knob Hill Community Center, 320 Knob Hill Ave., Redondo Beach. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. (310) 318-0650.

* Sunday: The Celiac Disease Foundation's annual meeting will include guest speakers discussing blood tests, pediatric celiac disease, food labeling and more. Free blood screening is available. Huntington Hospital, Braun Auditorium, 100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $40 in advance or $50 at door. (818) 990-2354.

LECTURES

* Tuesday: "Cancer Need Not Be Scary" will focus on testing, advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment options. Methodist Hospital, Auditorium, 300 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. (626) 574-3733.

* Wednesday: "Alternative Medicine/Herbal Therapy." Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Auditorium, 1500 E. Chevy Chase Drive. 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (818) 409-8100.

SUPPORT GROUPS

* Thursday: The West San Fernando Valley Manic-Depressive and Depressive Assn. will meet at the Child and Family Guidance Center, 9650 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. 7-8:30 p.m. (Meets every Thursday.) Contact Doreen at (818) 893-7363.

* Thursday: The Wellness Community-Long Beach will provide support, information, hope and inspiration for adults with cancer. The Grand (in the library), 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach. 5-7 p.m. Registration required. Contact Bonnie Cesak at (562) 406-1335.

* Thursdays: Team Survivor will sponsor a walking exercise program for women in cancer treatment or recovery. The group takes a walk around the Rose Bowl each week. Participants will meet at parking lot K near the bridge over the wash. Rose Bowl, 360 Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. 5:30-6:30 p.m. (310) 829-7849.

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