Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is offering community education/support group opportunities throughout March, including stroke and breast-cancer support groups, classes in diabetes management and seminars on financial matters, healthy living and driver safety targeted to senior adults. The hospital also hosts a monthly blood drive by OneBlood, including wellness checks for participants. Stroke Support Group Meets February 9 All stroke survivors, caregivers and family members are invited to attend the monthly Stroke Support Group at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast to learn more about stroke, share experiences and become inspired to keep moving forward after surviving a stroke. The support group will meet Monday, March 16, 2015, at 3 p.m. in the Suite 3 Conference Room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Special Guest will be Chaplain Katherine Gale, who will discuss Advance Directives and the Family Facilitated by Teri Hinckley, Physical Therapist from the Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Department, the Stroke Support Group gives survivors and caregivers an opportunity to share their experiences and gain strength and knowledge from others who have been through a similar event. For more information or to join the support group, please call (850) 278-3600. “Nine Answers to Annuity Myths” Financial Matters Seminar March 16 There are a lot of myths about annuities: Some are outdated and others are flat-out wrong. Keep informed and get answers. The seminar will take place on Monday, March 16, at 10 a.m. in The Family Birth Place, Second-floor Education Room, at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in Miramar Beach. Seating is limited. Please make your reservation by calling 850-416-1620 or 877-416-1620. Breast-Cancer Support Group March 17 Breast cancer patients and survivors are invited to join the monthly breast-cancer support group meeting at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast on Tuesday, March 17, at 6 p.m. in the Olson Women’s Diagnostic Center. Monthly guest speakers offer complimentary alternatives to medicine, which support traditional medical therapies. Some examples are: Arts in Medicine projects, as well as speakers discussing motivation, spirituality, nutrition, cancer-care coping strategies, and relaxation techniques and exercises. The mission of the support group is to empower breast-cancer patients and survivors through education, spirituality, support and humor. Benefits of joining a cancer-support group include an increased self-esteem, enhanced sense of community, and the joy of giving and receiving encouragement and hope. For more information, please call (850) 278-3980. Blood Drive March 11 Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host the Oneblood mobile unit on Wednesday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the main entrance of the hospital. Donating one unit of blood can help save three lives! All donors will receive a free t-shirt and a meal ticket to the hospital’s café. Oneblood will also provide a free wellness check for all blood donors, including blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening. Alzheimer’s Support Group March 31 The Covenant Alzheimer’s Support Group meets on the last Tuesday of every month from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Suite 3 Education Center at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. The Group will meet Tuesday, March 31, 2015. For more information, contact Elizabeth Rambow of Superior Residences at 850-499-3390. Medication Safety Seminar March 25 Sacred Heart Senior Spirit program hosts its March Healthy Living Seminar featuring Adrianne Butcher, Pharmacist at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, who will discuss medication safety questions and concerns. The free community education seminar will be Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Resource Center, Suite 3 Conference Room. Call (850) 416-1620 or (877) 416-1620 to register. Diabetes Self-Management Class March 25 Have you or a loved-one been diagnosed with diabetes? Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast invites you to join the next diabetes self-management class on Wednesday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class will take place in the Resource Center Suite 1 Education Building at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Led by Jenny Stuckey, registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, and Anne Townley, registered dietician and certified diabetes educator, the class is open to adults with diabetes who are looking for ways to manage their disease. Key topics include exercise, medication and nutrition for patients to reduce the symptoms of diabetes. Physician referral and pre-registration are required to attend the class. Most major insurance plans are accepted. For more information or to register for the class, please call the diabetes educators at (850) 278-3683 or (850) 278-3519.