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Health Beat: Free bariatric seminar Nov. 18

• Dr. Payaal Mehta will lead a free bariatric seminar, hosted by Peconic Bay Medical Center, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at East End Hotel Indigo in Riverhead. Dr. Mehta will discuss bariatric surgery and other types of weight-loss procedures and programs.  Prospective patients and family members are encouraged to attend. Reservations are required; call 631-726-2669.
• Flu and pneumococcal vaccines will be administered at Riverhead Free Library on Friday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-noon. There’s no fee for participants with Medicare Part B. Those without insurance coverage will be charged $37 for the flu vaccine and $25 for a pneumococcal vaccine, payable by check made out to SCDHS. No cash will be accepted.
• Utopia Home Care is offering a free caregiver training program at its Riverhead office on Tuesday, Nov. 16. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with training in ambulating a person using a cane or walker; transferring a patient between bed and a wheelchair and toilet; turning and repositioning patients, skin and incontinent care and use of a bedpan and urinal; and use of a Hoyer lift. Call 369-5500.
• The East End Hospice bereavement care team will present a program for adults and children on coping through the holidays on Friday, Nov. 12, 4-5:30 p.m., at Riverhead Free Library. The adult session will be in the lower-level stage room; the children’s session, for those 5 and older, will be in the children’s room. Call 288-8400.
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