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Alzheimer’s Caregiver Group
We offer the “Savvy Caregiver Class,” which is a support group for those caring for Alzheimer’s patients. The session is 2 hours per week for 6-weeks. This class is offered quarterly.

Bariatrics (Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity)
We offer monthly support classes for pre-op and post-op weight loss surgery patients. The groups are led by members of the bariatric services team to provide additional support for patients undergoing lifestyle changes before and after bariatric surgery. Call 562-491-7935.

Breast Cancer Support Group
Please call Lillian Herrera, Breast Center (562) 432-0079 to sign up for the next meeting.

CARE Program HIV Support Group
Please call Paul Lovely at (562) 624-4999 to sign up for the next meeting.

Cancer Support Group
Please call Dr. Robert Smith (562) 491-9067 to sign up for the next meeting.

Chronic Disease Self Management for 55+ offered bi-monthly in the St. Mary Health Enhancement Center (Jan 28 – March 3, 2012) this is a self-help discussion/support group that meets 2 ½ hours weekly for 6-weeks, and is facilitated by two trained leaders. The small group meeting is for those living with a chronic health condition, such as: diabetes, arthritis, etc. Register by calling 888-4STMARY (1-888-478-6279). For questions, contact Sandy Bazant at 562-491-9811.

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions
Sign up for this free 6-week chronic disease self-management program created for those living with life-long health conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, emphysema, bronchitis, asthma as well as other health issues. Subjects discussed include: techniques to deal with problems such as pain, fatigue and isolation, appropriate use of medications, nutrition and how to evaluate new treatment options. Classes are held at the St. Mary Medical Center-Health Enhancement Center at 1050 Linden Avenue Long Beach, CA 90813. For more information, or to sign up for the next class, please call: 888-478-6279 or Kit Katz, Bazzeni Wellness Center at 562-491-4840 or Lindsay Gervacio, Families in Good Health at 562-491-9100. Benefits: Risk Reduction, Positive Lifestyle Changes, and Improved Quality of Life.

Diabetes Support Group (quarterly) 
Meet other people with diabetes; learn of success stories and common struggles. Call (562) 491-9547 for more information. Group meets in the Health Enhancement Center at St. Mary Medical Center. The St. Mary Medical Center “Quality of Life” Cancer Support Group is held weekly on Thursday from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., in English and Spanish, in the Parr Health Enhancement Center at 1055 Linden Ave. on the St. Mary Medical Center campus. Please register at 1-888-478-6279 or for more info call (562) 491-9067.

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St. Mary Medical Center Long Beach
1050 Linden Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813
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