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Bravera Health offers Parkinson’s Support Group

Bravera Health Seven Rivers Outpatient Rehab offers a Parkinson’s Support Group at 3 p.m. the third Thursday at 6151 N. Suncoast Blvd., Suite 2A, Crystal River.

Refreshments will be served. The Parkinson’s Support Group is for anyone that wants to know to learn more about Parkinson’s disease. The goal of the support group is to educate as many people about Parkinson’s as possible.

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The support group meets monthly and includes guest speakers, dances, exercise classes and crafts as well as Table Talks. Table Talks give members the opportunity to converse and to ask and answer questions of one another.

Breast cancer support group gathers

The Women’s Breast Cancer Support Group meets at 11:45 a.m. the second Friday at the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute in Lecanto.

Lunch will be provided, along with discussion among the women about problems like fears and anxiety when dealing with diagnoses of breast cancer and going through treatments.

Any woman who is facing a diagnosis of breast cancer and going through treatment will be welcomed into this group of strong, positive women.

For more information and to reserve a spot, call Judy Bonard, facilitator, at 352-220-3693 or Shawn Gundersen at RBOI 352-527-0106.

NAMI offers in-person support

The local National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Citrus, now offers an in-person option for support groups.

Connections (for a person living with a mental health condition) and family support groups meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the First Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade St.

Virtual meetings remain available. Call 844-687-6264 or visit for more information.

Colorectal cancer support group

A support group for colorectal cancer patients, families, caregivers and health care professionals meets from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the Lakes Region Library, 1511 Druid Road in Inverness and from 6 to 6:45 p.m. every Wednesday at the Beverly Hills Public Library, 444 N. Rexford Drive.

Attendees will meet other patients and learn about resources for the management of colorectal cancer.

Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. Masks and social distancing are recommended.

For more information, call or text Karen Fisher at 352-503-8777 or visit the Citrus Colorectal Cancer Foundation group page on Facebook.

Online dementia support continue in 2022

The Citrus Library Coping Connection, a service to provide virtual support to care partners and families of individuals living with dementia, will continue during 2022. The service is designed primarily for individuals who do not have access to their own computer.

Conducted online, meetings will be hosted by certified dementia practitioner Debbie Selsavage from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The connection hub is located at the Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd. in Beverly Hills.

Participants must arrive at the library by 12:50 p.m. the day of the meeting. They are not required to remain for the full two hours.

The program is free and available to anyone. For more information, call 352-746-6622 or 352-422-3663.

Attend a GriefShare class at First Lutheran

Attend GriefShare classes at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursdays at First Lutheran Church, 1900 State Road 44 (Gulf-to-Lake Highway) in Inverness. For more information, visit

Griefshare group can help with loss

A GriefShare support group meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at North Oak Church, 9324 N. Elkcam Blvd. in Citrus Springs.

GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand grief and want to help. Gain access to valuable resources and workbooks to help recover from loss and look forward to rebuilding.

Attendees learn helpful, practical information that will help with recovery from the pain of grief and loss. Group members will have the opportunity to tell their story, but there’s never pressure to do so.

Become part of a family and learn how to go through a healthy season of grieving, then begin transitioning to emotional and spiritual wholeness. They call this “your journey from mourning to joy.”

For more information, call 352-489-1688.

GriefShare group in Crystal River

A GriefShare support group meets at First Baptist Church in Crystal River each Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. The 13-week series started Jan. 25. The church is at 700 N. Citrus Ave. The journey of grief is a painful process that you do not have to walk alone.

GriefShare features videos of nationally recognized experts on grief topics and the stories of people who have healed from grief. For more information, call First Baptist Church at 352-795-3367 or visit

TOPS weight loss groups meet weekly

The following TOPS weight loss support groups meet weekly in Citrus County:

  • Chapter 692 at 9:30 a.m. Fridays at Grace Bible Church, 6382 W. Green Acres St. in Homosassa. Call 352-628-2024.
  • Chapter 826 at 8:10 a.m. Tuesdays at First Lutheran Church, 1900 State Road 44 in Inverness. Call 352-464-1349.
  • Chapter 743 at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the DAV building, 1039 N. Paul Drive in Inverness. Call 352-637-6553.
  • Chapter 9365 at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the First Christian Church of Homosassa, 7030 W. Grover Cleveland Blvd. Call 352-533-2607 or 352-212-8550.
  • Chapter 408 at 2 p.m. Thursdays at the First Baptist Church, 700 N. Citrus Ave. in Crystal River. Call 352-212-7946.
  • Chapter 443 at 3 p.m. Thursdays at the Dunnellon Women’s Club, 11756 Cedar St. Call 352-566-0742.
  • Chapter 401 at 8 a.m. Wednesdays at First Baptist Church, 3790 Parsons Point Road in Hernando. Call 352-637-7196.

For more information about TOPS, visit

Memory support group meets weekly

The free Memory Lane Support Group & Respite Program meets from 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday at First United Methodist Church of Homosassa, 8831 W. Bradshaw St.

This program has been in existence for nearly 10 years. It started as a support group for caregivers, but quickly evolved into a support group for those caring for loved ones with memory issues and dementia.

For more information, call 352-628-4083 or visit

Support available for dementia caregivers

North Oak Church is offering group support for caregivers of dementia patients at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday monthly at the church, 9324 N. Elkcam Blvd. in Citrus Springs.

Caregiving is a difficult job and often goes unrewarded. Dementia has a unique set of difficulties and circumstances that can be helped by meeting with other caregivers who may be experiencing the same problems.

The group will be led by Bernie Collins, retired psychiatric nurse. No religious affiliation is needed to attend.

For more information, call 352-489-1688 or visit

Join Grief Toolbox support group

Welcoming new and continuing attendees, the Grief Toolbox support group will start a new session of meetings from 2 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday at the Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.

Sponsored by Brown Funeral Home and Crematory, the group helps participants acquire the essential tools they need to deal with their grief through video presentations, handouts and group discussions.

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to preregister, call 352-249-1470. Support groups observe CDC guidelines and space may be limited.

To learn more about grief services, or Friends of Citrus on Facebook.

Child loss grief group to meet

The Compassionate Friends will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays monthly at the Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.

Parents, siblings and grandparents grieving the loss of a child at any age can find highly personal comfort, hope and support by attending meetings of The Compassionate Friends, an international self-help organization.

The Nature Coast chapter, sponsored by Hooper Funeral Home and Crematory, brings together individuals and families supporting one another in many ways.

For more information, call 352-249-1470.

Attend an ‘Understanding Grief’ support group

“Understanding Grief” support groups for the newly bereaved are offered at no cost by Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast. These groups, meet from from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the First Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade St. and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.

Support groups help members learn ways to discover hope and healing by focusing on the work of grief educator Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

For information or to preregister, call 352-249-1470. For information, visit or Friends of Citrus on Facebook.

Weekly Grief Study Group available

Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast offers a Grief Study Group every Tuesday afternoon at the Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.

This is a faith-based study sponsored by North Citrus Christian Church which provides help for those experiencing “little deaths” in life as well as the loss of a loved one.

For information or to preregister, call 352-249-1470. For details about their other programs, visit or Friends of Citrus on Facebook.

Zoom-based grief support will continue

Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast will continue their Zoom-based grief support group meetings from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays.

Individuals at any stage of grief who cannot attend a group in person or prefer to meet remotely will still have the virtual option.

To preregister, call 352-249-1470. For information, visit or Friends of Citrus on Facebook.


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