Health Notes, November 19, 2021 | New

CarePlus has a plan for chronic lung disease

CarePlus Health Plans Inc., Florida’s largest Medicare Advantage plan, expands its chronic disease plan offerings, adding CareBreeze (HMO C-SNP), a new plan designed to improve quality of life and optimize treatment for chronic disease. diseases of people living with chronic lung diseases, such as COPD.

The Florida Department of Health reported that 14% of Floridians had been diagnosed with chronic lung disease. The CareBreeze plan is available to people with pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension and COPD, which includes asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Alzheimer Caregiver Support Group

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group meets from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the first Friday of the month at the Port Orange Presbyterian Church, 4662 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange.

The group meets in the hall behind the church. Masks are mandatory.

For more information, call (386) 847-2322.

Covid-19 test at DIS

The free Covid-19 test site is now located in the Daytona International Speedway parking lot at the entrance to Boulevard Bill France.

Testing takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are preferred, but walk-in appointments are welcome.

For an appointment, visit or call (888) 702-9042. The tests are free, but patients will be asked for information about their health insurance. Results can be expected within 48 hours.

Understanding childbirth and newborn care

Halifax Health is running a four week series to help prepare mothers for the labor and delivery process.

Course fees are $ 40 per couple for the four week series. Labor and delivery tour included.

The class meets from 6 to 9 p.m. weekly in the France Tower F meeting room at 303 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach. To reserve, call (386) 425-2229 or register online at

Think about the pink connection

Open to patients of all stages of breast cancer, including initial diagnosis, treatment and survival, this support group will meet at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 21.

For more information, contact Jennifer Peludat, Certified Breast Patient Navigator, at (386) 425-2378 or

Breastfeeding course

The Halifax Health Medical Center will be hosting a 6 to 9 p.m. breastfeeding class on Wednesday, December 1 in Tour France Meeting Room F at 303 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach.

Participants should bring a pillow and a doll (if available) to class. Class fees are $ 15.

To reserve, call (386) 425-2229 or register online at

Caring for the caregiver

Care for the Caregiving will meet from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1.

For more information and location, contact Jennifer Lanni, Certified Oncology Nurse, at (386) 425-7383 or

Survival workshop

A survival workshop will meet from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8.

For more information and location, contact Susan Joss, Certified Oncology Nurse, at (386) 425-7321 or

Diabetes Support Group

A diabetes support group will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 20 at the Ormond Beach Family YMCA Healthy Living Center, 500 Sterthaus Drive.

For more information, visit

Breastfeeding support group

The Halifax Health Medical Center will be hosting a free breastfeeding support group from 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday at the Ormond Beach Family YMCA Healthy Living Center, 500 Sterthaus Drive.

To reserve, call (386) 425-2229 or register online at

Understanding the Birth Express class

The Halifax Health Medical Center will be hosting a Saturday Express Class for Labor Preparations and Newborn Basics from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 4 in the France Tower, Meeting Room E at 303 N. Clyde Morris Blvd. , Daytona Beach.

Course fees if $ 40 per couple. Labor and delivery tour is included. To reserve, call (386) 425-2229 or register at

Mourning groups

Halifax Health-Hospice offers a variety of bereavement support groups in Volusia and Flagler counties.

For more information, call (386) 425-3738. For help with a pet death, call (386) 425-3337.


The Bridge4Hope group offers support to people who have lost a loved one following an opioid overdose.

Meetings are held at the Halifax Health Hospice Grief Center, 655 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, and Halifax Health Hospice Care Center Orange City, 1625 Veterans Memorial Parkway.

For more information, dates and times of upcoming groups, call (386) 425-3337.

Support group for caregivers and beneficiaries

The Caregiver and Receiver Support Group will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Cafe, 1014 N. Halifax Ave., Daytona Beach.

Everyone is welcome. A lending library is also available.

For more information, contact (407) 760-2304.

Caregiver support group

An education and support group designed to provide emotional, educational and social support to those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia meets at 10:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in Aberdeen, 50 Allwood Green Blvd., Ormond Beach.

Masks are mandatory. For more information, call (386) 847-2322.

West Volusia Covid-19 test site

The Volusia County government, Florida Department of Health, and cities have contracted a private company to open a testing site.

Nomi Health is located at Dewey O. Boster Park, 1200 Saxon Blvd., Deltona, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with an outdoor walk-in site.

For an appointment, visit Pedestrians will be accepted.

Patients will be asked about health insurance, but those who do not will not be turned away. Masks and social distancing are mandatory.

Covid-19 test at City Gym

The City of New Smyrna Beach, in partnership with Nomi Health, has a Covid-19 test site at the City Gym at 1000 Live Oak St.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The site will offer both PCR and antigen testing with a lead time of 24 to 48 hours for PCR testing and one hour for antigen testing.

People needing a test are kindly requested to bring an insurance card. If there is no insurance, they will not be refused. No appointment is required, but participants can pre-register by visiting

Creative care

The Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach will host Creative Caregiving Monday through November 15 at 11:30 am at Harris House, 214 S. Riverside Drive.

Open to 12 participants. To register or for more information, visit or call (386) 410-2890.

Health service Covid-19 tests

The Volusia County Department of Health offers Covid-19 testing and vaccines at:

• 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach

• 775 Harley Strickland Blvd # 110, Orange City

PCR tests are now available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday by appointment only for symptomatic people and those who have been exposed to Covid-19.

Vaccines and tests are free. For an appointment, call (386) 274-0500.


The Al-Anon Family Group for Families and Friends of Alcoholics will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at First Presbyterian Church, 509 Magnolia St., New Smyrna Beach.

Masks required. For more information, call (904) 315-0233, (888) 425-2666 or visit

Smoking cessation course

Northeast Florida AHEC offers free virtual and in-person smoking cessation classes.

A variety of course options are available, call to find one that fits your schedule. Get a free four-week supply of nicotine patches, gums and lozenges.

For more information or to register, call (904) 482-0189.

AA meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous offers meetings throughout Volusia County.

For more information, visit or call the hotline at (386) 756-2930.

Anonymous Overeaters

Overeaters Anonymous helps solve feeding issues in Volusia County with a 12-step recovery program.

For more information or to find a program, visit or call (505) 891-2664.

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