Support offered to the visually impaired

A support group for visually impaired people meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the first Tuesday of each month in Sonora.

The meeting is open to anyone with visual impairment, caregivers, and those who may wish to help those in need.

The purpose of the support group is to discuss the challenges of vision loss, share and offer solutions to independent living concerns, and to provide support and encouragement as well as helpful information and education.

For more information, including location, call Bob or Carol Rogers at (209) 532-2373.

Better Breathers Support Group offered

Adventist Health Sonora offers a support group for people with chronic lung disease including asthma, COPD, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis.

The American Lung Association’s Better Breathers’ Club meets at 12:30 p.m. every other month at the Pulmonary Rehabilitation clinic at 19747 Greenley Road in Sonora. Meeting on the second Wednesday, every other month, the remaining dates for 2018 are July 11, Sept. 12 and Nov. 14.

The Better Breathers support group is free and offers patient-centered and community-based education and support for anyone living with chronic lung disease along with their family, friends and caregivers. The Better Breathers Club aims to:

• Improve quality of life

• Provide disease-specific education

• Help patients and families understand basic concepts and techniques for pulmonary self-care and coping skills

• Educate patients and families on the care and treatments for chronic lung diseases

For more information about Better Breathers and other lung health resources and services, call (209) 536-3726.

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group

Adventist Health Sonora offers a monthly Weight Loss Surgery Support Group developed for individuals who have had bariatric surgery or who are considering the procedure. Friends and family are also invited to attend.

The group meets once per month to provide ongoing support, encouragement and education to succeed in lifestyle changes after surgery. Discussions and topics include diet, exercise and social support in a safe, fun and friendly environment. Guest speakers are invited to speak on a variety of topics.

The Weight Loss Surgery Support Group meets the from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on third Wednesday of every month at the Live Well Be Well Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Conference Room, 19747 Greenley Road, across from Sonora Elementary School, in Sonora.

For more information and to reserve a seat, call (209) 536-5041.