GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT GROUP: A free grief and loss support group sponsored by the Akula Foundation meets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. Call to learn the meeting room. The next meeting will be May 20. To register or for information, call the Grief Resource Center at (504) 247-7818.

HEART FAILURE CLASS: The West Jefferson Heart Failure Resource Center will provide information about types of heart failure medications, symptoms and diagnosis, prevention and treatment, advance directives and more at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, in the Heart Failure Resource Classroom, 4500 10th St., Marrero. The May topic is palliative care for heart failure. For information and to register, call (504) 349-6222.

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY: Drs. David C. Treen Jr. and Todd P. Belott will present a free community seminar on weight loss surgery at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1111 Medical Center Blvd., Suite S-860, Marrero. Preregistration is required by calling (504) 934-8144.

COURAGE CAPS: People who enjoy knitting and crocheting will gather at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at The Infusion Center at West Jefferson, 4511 Westbank Expressway, Marrero, to create caps to encourage cancer patients. Yarn donations are welcome. For information, call (504) 349-1232.

WOMEN’S HEALTH TEA: The City of Kenner community development department in partnership with JenCare Medical Center will hold a women’s health tea from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the Martin Luther King Community Resource Center, 1042 31st St., Kenner. Topics will include the importance of annual checkups, high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and healthful eating habits. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. For information, call Arthur Jones at the Martin Luther King Center, (504) 466-0697.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER RAP: A breakfast discussion for mothers and preteen girls sponsored by West Jefferson Medical Center will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23. For information and to make a reservation, call (504) 349-6200.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: The Big Easy Fleur de Lis Parkinson’s disease support group will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday in the Esplanade One room of the first-floor conference center at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4300 Houma Blvd., Metairie. Admission is free.

The support group meets on the last Monday of each month. “Parkinson’s patients, family and caregivers are welcome to attend our meetings where we share news about medications, treatments, current Parkinson’s research, tips and tricks, with an emphasis on living well with Parkinson’s,” founder Bonnie Huddleston said. For information, contact Huddleston at (504) 905-6355 or or visit

FAMILY AND FRIENDS CPR: A basic introduction to CPR will be provided from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. Preregistration is required. For information, call (504) 349-6688.

MENTAL ILLNESS EDUCATION: Relatives and friends of people living with mental illness may benefit from the free, 12-session Family-to-Family Education Program that the National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays beginning May 28. The class will meet at the Uptown NAMI New Orleans location at 1538 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans. The course is designed to help family members and friends understand and support their loved one while maintaining their own well-being. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. To register, call Renee at (504) 896-2345 or send email to

OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP: The Greater New Orleans Ostomy Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesdays of February, April, June, August, October and December at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. The next meeting will be June 9. For information, call (504) 454-4941.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a presentation from Jerry White, of Medtronic, on deep brain stimulation surgery when the Parkinson’s Disease Circle of Friends meets at 7 p.m. June 19 at the Jewish Community Center, 3747 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie.

The Circle of Friends support group meets on the second Tuesday of each month. For information, call Michelle Lane at (504) 952-6659 or Susan Sapir-Fields at (504) 432-0006.

BIOMEDICAL TREATMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Parents of children with autism or attention disorders can learn about alternative and complementary treatments when the Louisiana Chapter of the Thinking Moms Revolution meets from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 20 in St. Joseph Hall at St. Francis Xavier Church, 444 Metairie Road, Metairie.

Biomedical treatments work with a child’s body, using vitamins and other natural medicines to treat the underlying source of the problem and not the symptoms. For information, contact Rainna Moran and Jeanna Broussard at

STOP-SMOKING PROGRAM: The Smoking Cessation Trust has reached a milestone in its efforts to help Louisianians quit cigarettes. In April, the Trust received 1,301 applications for its free products and services, bringing its total enrollment to 30,140 Louisiana residents who have committed to quitting cigarettes. The trust’s goal is to help 210,000 Louisianians become smoke-free by 2022.

“As smoking bans in New Orleans and other cities across Louisiana go into effect, we are seeing more people take advantage of these opportunities to give up cigarettes,” said Mike Rogers, CEO of Smoking Cessation Trust Management Services, L3C.

The Smoking Cessation Trust is the result of a court judgment that ordered certain tobacco companies to fund a 10-year smoking cessation program to benefit more than 210,000 Louisiana smokers who began smoking cigarettes before September 1, 1988.

Qualified applicants are eligible to receive any of the following trust program cessation services completely free: cessation medications, individual/ group cessation counseling, telephone quit line support, and/or intensive cessation support services.

For information or to register online with the Smoking Cessation Trust, visit or call (504) 529-5665 or toll-free (855) 259-6346.

CAR SEAT CHECKUPS: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center offers free car seat checkups every Wednesday by appointment. For information call (504) 349-2173. West Jefferson Medical Center is at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. To learn more about car seat safety, visit

STROKE EDUCATION: A series of free stroke education classes for patients and caregivers is being held Fridays at 2:30 p.m. at West Jefferson Medical Center. For information, including location, call (504) 349-1346.