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Health events around the Charlotte area

Ongoing

Mental health workshops

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church is hosting a free series of workshops to educate the public and fight the stigma associated with mental health issues. Each session will have speakers focusing on various topics. Each session will run 9-11 a.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road. Saturday’s session will be “When should I worry; depression and grief”; the Jan. 25 session will cover bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder; and Feb. 1 will cover addictions, behavioral disorder and helping families. Details: Cassandra Harding, 704-392-0392.

Jan. 21

Epilepsy Support Groups, adult and teen

Join us for education and support. 7 p.m., ICU Classroom, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, 200 Hawthorne Lane. Guest speakers include neurologists, pharmacists, etc. Free, open to family members and friends. Details: www.epilepsycharlotte.com. Contact 704-376-3158, CharEpilepsySuppor@yahoo.com.

Feb. 15-16

Volunteer training

Catawba Regional Hospice is seeking compassionate volunteers to help serve patients and families in a 10-county region. The next volunteer training will be 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15 and 12:30-5 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Sherrills Ford Hospice House, 7473 Sherrills Ford Road, Sherrills Ford. The free training will help volunteers communicate effectively with patients and families, showcase what hospice is and clarify the role of hospice volunteers. Once the class is completed, volunteers will be able to give administrative support, respite for caregivers, offer companionship to patients and help in other meaningful ways. Details and to register: 828-466-0466.

March 6

Dementia Education Conference

The Western Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will host a Dementia Education Conference 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 6 at the UNC Charlotte Student Union Center, 9201 University City Blvd. The featured speaker will be Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy of Duke University, one of the nation’s top experts on healthy brain aging. Coach Bobby Lutz, associate head coach of N.C. State Wolfpack men’s basketball, will share his personal story as well. Other topics include the latest in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s; compassion fatigue; sexuality and Alzheimer’s, and others. Cost is $15 for student and caregivers, $45 for professionals and pre-registration is required. Details and to register: www.alz.org/northcarolina.

Hilary Trenda

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