The Alzheimer's Association holds these free December support groups: 10 a.m. Thursday, Waynedale branch library, 2200 Lower Huntington Road; 9 a.m. Dec. 10, Robinson United Methodist Church, 12707 Tonkel Road; 6 p.m. Dec. 10, Abundant Life Church, 3301 Coliseum Blvd. E.; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10, United Methodist Church, 605 N. Forest Parkway, Columbia City; 10:30 a.m. Dec. 12, Parkview Hospital, 2001 Stults Road, Huntington; 10 a.m. Dec. 13, Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St.; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 8010 W. Jefferson Blvd:10:30 a.m. Dec.20, First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St.; 2 p.m. Dec. 20, Heimach Senior Center, 1800 E. Seventh St., Auburn; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Adams Memorial Hospital, Monroe Classroom, 1100 Mercer Ave., Decatur; and 7 p.m. Dec. 20, Parkview Regional Medical Center, 11109 Parkview Plaza Drive, Conference Room A.
Cancer support groups
Lutheran Cancer Resource Center, 7910 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 109, 435-7584, will hold the following support groups in December: 4 p.m. today, Look Good/Feel Better Program. Sponsored by ACS. Call to register. 6 p.m. Tuesday, brain tumor; 1 p.m. Dec. 11, smoke buster's; 4 p.m. Dec. 11, ovarian/gyn; 4 p.m. Dec. 17, survivorship; 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18, breast cancer; 4 p.m. Dec. 19, head and neck; 4 p.m. Dec. 20, lymphoma/leukemia/multiple myeloma; and 4 p.m. Dec. 27, recurrent metastatic.
Battle of the Badges blood drive
The 18th annual Battle of the Badges blood donation competition between Fire Departments and EMS or Law Enforcement will be held at the following locations.
*Fort Wayne Donor Center, 1212 E. California Road (across from the Memorial Coliseum), 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec 10; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 11-13; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 14-15; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 17-20; 8 am.-2 p.m. Dec. 21 and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 22.
*Lutheran Hospital Donor Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107, south Lobby of Lutheran Hospital near the gift shop, noon-6 p.m. Dec. 10-13; 6 a.m.-noon, Dec. 14-15; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 17-19 and 6 a.m.-noon Dec. 20-22.
Both locations are closed on Sunday.
Participating groups are the Fort Wayne Fire Department, Allen County Fire Department, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana State Police and Allen County Sheriff's Department. All blood donors will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt and refreshments from Pizza Hut and be entered to win a weekly regional drawing for a $250 gas gift card.
To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or go online to www.redcrossblood.org.
Medical equipment webinar
Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment Webinar will be 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday. The ADA National Network and the US Access Board will discuss new standards for accessible medical equipment.
To register, go online to www.accessibilityonline.org and click on “registration” on the right side of the page.
For “Board Releases Proposed Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment,” go to www.access-board.gov/news/mde-nprm.htm.
For Access Board's Medical Diagnostic Equipment page, go to www.access-board.gov/medical-equipment.htm.
The 2013 Medicare Handbook is now available. The handbook explains what Medicare covers, prescription drug coverage and new benefits available under the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment ends Friday .
To download the handbook, go to http://fifthfreedom.org/u/ke.
For more information about Medicare, call 1-800-633-4227or go online to www.medicare.gov.
Safe sitter class offered
Lutheran Children’s Hospital will offer the Safe Sitter class 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 27-28 for children ages 11 and older. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and class size is limited. Cost for the two day class is $50.
For more information or to register, call Tammy Else at 260-435-7344 or go online to www.lutheranchildrenshosp.com.