Updated: December 15, 2012 6:20AM
Health Care: The League of Women Voters of the Park Forest area will host an educational health care meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd. State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) will speak about the state level action to implement the Affordable Care Act. She will talk about the state legislature’s progress in implementing the State Health Insurance Exchanges, which are to provide access to affordable health insurance to individuals, families and small businesses. Information: (708) 748-8664.
Multiple Sclerosis Support: Mission Possible, a multiple sclerosis support group offered by Franciscan St. James Health, shares knowledge and support for the unpredictability and wide-ranging effects of multiple sclerosis. The group will meet to discuss drug therapies at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Franciscan St. James Olympia Fields Campus, 20201 Crawford Ave, Olympia Fields. Registration: (800) 785-2637.
Lower-Back Pain Seminar: Ingalls Advanced Orthopedic Institute will have a free seminar about the causes, diagnosis and treatment options of lower back pain at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. A light supper will be served. Registration required at (800) 221-2199.
Spine Surgery Presentation: Moraine Valley Community College is hosting its medical education series presentation on advances in spine surgery 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Dorothy Menker Theater in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. Information: (708) 608-4039.
COPD Awareness Class: People age 35 and older who experience coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing or chest tightness can attend a free program 3:30 to 5 p.m. Nov. 14 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. A registered respiratory therapist will share information about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and rehabilitation therapy. Participants will receive a free spirometry screening. Information: (888) 660-4325.
Memory Screenings: People can take advantage of free, confidential memory screenings as part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to promote proper detection of memory problems. The screenings will be 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 14 at the Louis S. Viverito Senior Center, 7745 S. Leamington Ave., Burbank. Information: (708) 636-8850.
Colon Cancer Lecture: A gastroenterologist will give a lecture on “Take Charge: Control Your Colon” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. He will discuss colon cancer risk factors, treatment options and the importance of screening. Free colon cancer home screening kits will be available. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Heel and Foot Screenings: The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross will offer free heel and foot screenings to determine the cause of plantar fascia pain Nov. 14 in the Silver Cross Professional Building, 250 Maple St., New Lenox. Participants will receive a home exercise program and tips for preventing plantar fasciitis. Appointments: (815) 463-6123.
Gynecological Presentation: A gynecologist will discuss causes of heavy menstrual bleeding and treatment options during a free program at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Orland Township Offices, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1GW27.
Diabetes Lectures: A free lecture on the ABCs of Diabetes will be presented at 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave. This is one of several lectures that will be given by medical professionals from Advocate Christ Medical Center. Other diabetes lectures include Living With Diabetes at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 27 in the Merrionette Park Medical Center, 11600 S. Kedzie Ave., and Peripheral Vascular Disease at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Advocate Christ Medical Center Conference Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Information: (800) 323-8622 code 1D23, or www.advocatehealth.com/cmc.
Bariatric Surgery: Staff from LifeWeigh Bariatrics will discuss options for surgical and non-surgical weight loss at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1N06.
Senior Breakfast Club: The next talk in a bi-monthly series of free talks for seniors will be 9:30 a.m. Nov. 16 at the Oak View Community Center, 4625 W. 110th Street, Oak Lawn. Registration: (800) 323-8622, code 1S22.
Community Health and Caregiver Fair: A variety of health, safety and caregiver information will be available at the community health and caregiver fair 9:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 16 at the Louis S. Viverito Senior Center, 7745 S. Leamington Ave., Burbank. Local organizations and businesses will be available to answer questions about health, caregiver and safety topics including healthy eating, Medicare, senior services, medical supplies, home care, senior housing, financial planning and crime prevention. Various screenings will be offered including blood pressure checks, cholesterol and diabetic screenings and balance assessments. Information: (708) 636-8850.
Autism and Special Needs Seminar: Family Time Magazine will host its third annual Autism and Special Needs Seminar 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. The seminar will provide information for families with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Information: (815) 806-8844 or www.familytimemagazine.com.
Knee or Hip Pain Seminar: Solutions for knee or hip pain will be discussed at a seminar at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. An orthopedic surgeon will talk about joint related problems including arthritis and meniscal tears of the knee as well as provide an overview of the anatomy and latest surgical procedures for repair of the knee and hip. Reservations: (800) 221-2199.
Easy Breathers: A free support group for people battling a lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, patients on oxygen or experiencing shortness of breath, meets 1:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. No registration required. Information: (800) 323-8622, code lC22.
Bereavement Support Group: Small group sessions for parents who have experienced the death of a child either through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1M03.
Blood Pressure: Silver Cross Hospital offers free blood pressure checks 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. Information: (708) 364-6337.
Influenza Vaccine: The Palos Township Health Service gives immunizations during clinic hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Friday, 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the facility, 10802 S. Roberts Road, Palos Hills. Appointments: (708) 598-2441.
Emotions Anonymous: A free 12-step program for people who have had or are having emotional difficulties meets 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at Calvary Lutheran Church, 11249 S. Spaulding Ave., Chicago, and at 11 a.m. Mondays at Our Saviors Lutheran Church (Kaufman Hall), 8607 S. Naragansett, Burbank.
Overeaters Anonymous: A free support group for people who are compulsive eaters meets 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at New Spirit Lutheran Church, 8600 S. Kilpatrick, Chicago.
Sharing The Journey: Small group sessions for people who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4660 W. 94th St., Oak Lawn. No registration required.
Prostate Cancer: A free support and education group for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and their families, meets 7 to 9 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the Conference Center of Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. No registration required. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1C15.