Health, Wellness & Support: Listings for Marco Island

Marco Eagle

Understanding how people with dementias react

From 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Feb. 14, at Rose Hall, Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, presented by Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Chapter; sponsored by The Marco Island Civitan Club.

Information or RSVP: 317-345-8832 or

Accident prevention

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The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island will host a presentation by “Step Smart Collier” between 1 and 3 p.m., Feb. 22, at 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. The program includes a free injury prevention briefing as well as an exhibit for seniors focusing on preventing falls, the leading cause of injury and death to seniors in Collier County. A presentation at 1:15 will be on steps easily taken to mitigate the risk of falling. There will also be complimentary balance testing; displays by Walgreens y and ACE Hardware; an attorney specializing in senior law; and an expert in Tai Chi to explain the benefits of programmed exercises. Bring your prescription list, for an evaluation of possible causes of falling.

No registration is required.

Information: 239-642-0800.


GriefShare, a Christ-centered support group for those grieving the death of a loved one, will be offered at Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd., from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays through April 6. Registration is not required and there is no cost. Information: 239-394-0332.

Avow support groups 

Caregiver and grief support groups offered by Avow in Marco Island will be held at 5/3 Bank conference room, 650 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. The grief support group is held on the third Friday of each month from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m. The caregiver support group is held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Avow support groups are open to anyone in the community and are offered free of charge. Weekly support groups are also available at Avow’s Naples campus. Information: 239-261-4404 or

Cancer support

Cancer support group for patients and families is from noon until 1:30 p.m., the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Meetings are at Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island.

Marco/Naples Lupus Support Group

Meetings on the third Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Physicians Regional Medical Center, Palm Dining Room, 8300 Collier Blvd., Naples. Meeting are open to Lupus patients, families, care givers and interested people.

Information: Marilyn 398-4800 or Jan 389-2749.


Al-Anon meeting at 7 p.m. every Thursday, at the Marco Island United Church, 320 N. Barfield. Information: Laurene at 239-776-5235.

Al-Anon family groups

Help and hope are just a phone call away. For a meeting schedule 239-263-5907 and

Volunteers needed

Happiness is created for those giving and receiving through volunteer service. That is why the NCH Marco Heathcare Center Auxiliary would like to invite you to join their volunteer program. Whether you prefer patient contact, or assisting staff members we have the perfect volunteer position waiting just for you. Visit or call the volunteer office at 239-624-8596 to learn how you can give back to the Marco community.

ASPIRE at the Marco Y

Help your children stay active with the gift of ASPIRE (After School Program for Inspiration, Recreation and Education). Components of the after school program include homework assistance, recreation, health enhancement programs, arts and humanities programs and nutritional snacks. Students in the program gather at the Charter School veranda and are then escorted to the YMCA. Parent pick up is at the YMCA clubhouse. Program hours are after school until 6 p.m. There is a $45 registration fee and a weekly fee of $35 for members and $45 for community participants. The fee includes eight early release days, five teacher planning days and five school holidays. Information: 239-394-YMCA (9622), ext. 200.

Gentle chair yoga class 

On Fridays from Jan. 13 to March 31, 10:30 -11:15 a.m., a Gentle Chair Yoga Class will be held  at the East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Trail East. The classes cost $7. per session. All stretches are done on a chair or with the support of a chair, so it’s great for people who can't get down on a yoga mat (or back up from one!). Folks in wheelchairs, people who have had joint replacement and beginners are most welcome. This class is not offered through the Collier County Library. It is offered privately at the East Naples Library and all are welcome to come on a drop-in basis. It will be led by Jean Erlbaum, M.S., LVCYT, 500 hr. master registered yoga teacher.

Information: 413-230-1518 or

Meditation on Marco

Always wanted to learn how to meditate, to relax and stop all that internal chatter? Come join our friendly group looking to find more peace and meaning in our lives. Based on Buddhist teachings, yet nonsectarian, we focus on deep breathing techniques and the practice of mindfulness in everyday life. At 6:30 p.m. every Thursday, in the small Chapel, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, corner of Collier Boulevard and Elkcam Circle. By donation only. Information:

Be Fit Over 50

Be Fit Over 50 continues at 7:40 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at The Family Church.  1450 Winterberry Drive. The fee is $60 for the month or $6 per class. Participants will enjoy the benefits of increased strength, muscle tone and flexibility. This weight-bearing exercise program will help combat osteoporosis and improve bone density. Information: 239-642-0575 or

Group fitness classes

More than 60 different group fitness classes offered each week at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, 101 Sand Hill Street, Marco Island, starting at 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday/ Classes include Zumba, Tai-Chi, Yoga, Aqua Zumba, Boot Camp, Drums and more. Information:

Swim team program

Swim Team at the Greater Marco Family YMCA is a year-round program offered to children in grades K-8 at the Greater Marco Family YMCA Dottie Weiner Aquatic Center. Participants can register as a beginner from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or advanced, 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information:

Seibukan Karate/Matayoshi Kobudo

Seibukan Karate and Matayoshi Kobudo are offered to students aged 6 and up for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels at various times throughout the week. Established in 2010, the Shima Dojo teaches the Okinawan Style of Karate called Seibukan Shorin-Ryu. The Dojo is located in Studio B at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, 101 Sand Hill Street, Marco Island. Information:

Register Nurse Group

Retired or active Registered Nurses meet the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd. The goal is to explore ways we might use our professional skills as well as to explore how our faith impacts our practice.

Information, call Gail at 239 394-0332

Pet loss support group

Arleen Harris has started a Pet Loss Group for those who have lost their special friend or are dealing with an ill pet and wish to talk with other animal lovers. Call Arleen for details, 239-394-5576 or


The Naples chapter of PFLAG (Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), a family based support, education and advocacy group for families with gay or transgender members, meets on the third Thursday of each month. Information: 239-963-4670 or visit

Caregiver, caring for yourself

From 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., March 14, at Rose Hall, Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, presented by Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Chapter; sponsored by The Marco Island Civitan Club.

Information or RSVP: 317-345-8832 or

Death: Loss, grief and recovery

From 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., April 11, at Rose Hall, Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, presented by Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Chapter; sponsored by The Marco Island Civitan Club.

Information or RSVP: 317-345-8832 or

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