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Health Briefs

July 21, 2017

Art cart volunteers needed for Cancer Support Community

Artistically inclined volunteers are needed for the Cancer Support Community’s Art Cart program from 8:30 to 11 a.m., Tuesdays or Wednesdays, at the infusion unit of the Tunnell Cancer Center. Volunteers take a new art project each month to patients as they receive treatment. Beebe Healthcare volunteer training is required, and volunteers will be given training for the monthly art projects. For more information, contact Kaye Webb or Jo Allegro-Smith at 302-645-9150 or kwebb@cscde.org or jallegro@cscde.org.

Support group for those living with heart failure meets monthly

Beebe Healthcare offers Heart to Heart, a support group for people living with heart failure, at 10 a.m., the second Tuesday of each month in the Cardiovascular Conference Room at Beebe’s main campus in downtown Lewes. The group is open to anyone who has heart failure, and their caregivers. Group founder Lynn Toth, DNP, MSN, RN, NP-C, cardiovascular medical specialist at Beebe Healthcare, said many people find support groups useful when coping with the emotional aspects of their condition. "People are comforted with the knowledge that they are not alone in their anxiety," Toth said. "Our support group is a useful source of information for anyone who has heart failure or anyone who is caring for someone with heart failure." For more information, contact Toth at 302-542-6334 or go to www.beebehealthcare.org/calendar.

Free weight-loss seminar set for July 29 in Rehoboth

Nanticoke Weight Loss and General Surgery will host a free weight-loss seminar at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 29, at the Hampton Inn at 18826 Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach. This seminar is designed to provide education to individuals considering weight-loss surgery to help them make informed decisions on whether surgery is an appropriate option.

Obesity is a disorder that can lead to several health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. For people who suffer with morbid obesity, having a Body Mass Index of 30 or above, many organs within the body can be affected. Many patients are able to bring their BMI down through lifestyle changes under the care of their physician. For others who have not been able to achieve weight loss through these methods, bariatric surgery can be an effective method to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

The seminar will be an educational presentation by Dr. Tarek Waked to inform individuals about the many benefits of weight-loss surgery. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 302-536-5395 or go to www.nanticokeweightloss.org.

Free health screenings offered at Aquacare Physical Therapy

Aquacare Physical Therapy has four Delaware locations that are offering free health screenings with a licensed physical therapist. Those who may benefit from a screening include people increasing their fitness activity or people with pain that is preventing them from doing the activities they enjoy. For more information or to schedule a free screening, call Aquacare in Lewes, 302-945-0200; Millsboro, 302-945-4250; Millville, 302-539-3110; or Seaford, 302-536-1774; or go to www.aquacarephysicaltherapy.com.

Free community CPR classes offered monthly

Free community cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes for non-medical members of the community will be offered at 9 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at Beebe medical center in Lewes. The classes include facilitation by a trained volunteer and a small reference book. This is not a full-certification CPR class, and cards are not issued. CPR is carried out when a person's heart stops or fails to supply enough oxygen and blood flow to the tissues of the body.

Studies have shown that if CPR is started within a few minutes, the person has a better chance of survival without serious damage to the brain or other organs. The course teaches adult hands-only CPR, child CPR, infant CPR, automated external defibrillator use and what to do when someone is choking. The course is a combination of video lecture and hands-on practice with manikins - dummies made specifically for medical education.

"This class will teach the basics of CPR, which will allow more residents to know what to do in a situation where a person may be in cardiac arrest," said Phyllis Saunders RN, BSN, clinical educator at Beebe Healthcare. "Knowing the basics and taking action can help save a person's life while emergency responders are on their way."

The two-hour class is free, but reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 302-645-3248 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Healing after the loss of a spouse/life partner group meets third Thursdays in Milford

Delaware Hospice hosts a support group for healing after the loss of a spouse or life partner from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the third Thursday of every month in Milford. This group provides an opportunity to share loss with others who are going through similar circumstances and learning ways to cope with grief. Delaware Hospice Center is at 100 Patriots Way in Milford. For more information or to register, contact Sondra Satterfield at 302-678-4444 or ssatterfield@delawarehospice.org.

Free therapeutic drumming event for adults set second Tuesdays

Drumming for healing purposes has been a practice in indigenous cultures for thousands of years. The body has a divine ability to shift energy when different frequencies present. This assists in healing and an increased sense of overall wellness. All are invited to come and experience this healing modality at a free therapeutic drumming event for adults set from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Lewes Wellness Center. No previous experience is required, just a healthy curiosity and desire to learn. Attendees may bring a drum or rattle. Shared instruments provided. Facilitators are Walle Adams-Gertz, RN, HTCP/1 and Eileen Wilkinson, founder of WELLarts. The address is 20268 Plantation Road, Lewes. For more information, go to www.lewes-wellness-center.com.

Cape Henlopen Senior Center offers exercise classes

Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach, is offering a variety of exercise classes for seniors 55 and older. Zumba Gold/Toning is on Fridays 9:05 to 10 a.m.; Yoga - Thursdays, 1 to 2 p.m.; Tai Chi - Tuesdays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and also Fridays, 11:05 a.m. to noon; Sit and Get Fit - Mondays 9 to 10 a.m. and also Fridays - 10:05 to 11 a.m.; Balance and Posture - Tuesdays, 9 to 9:45 a.m.; and Arthritis Exercises - Wednesdays, 9 to 9:45 a.m. Cost for each class is $5. All class instructors are certified.

For more information, call 302-227-2055.

Overeaters Anonymous meets four times each week

Overeaters Anonymous holds local meetings in the Cape Region four times per week. Groups meet from 1 to 2 p.m., every Monday, at Conley's United Methodist Church, 33106 Jolyns Way, Lewes; from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach; from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursdays (Big Book), at Long Neck United Methodist Church, 32051 Long Neck Road, Long Neck; and from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturdays, at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 20276 Bay Vista Road, Rehoboth Beach. For details, call Bonnie at 302-945-2815 or go to oa.org.

Bayhealth hosts Al-Anon, Alateen

Bayhealth is hosting weekly Al-Anon and Alateen support group meetings at Bayhealth Kent General. The meetings will be at 9:30 a.m., Sundays in the General Foods Conference Rooms at Bayhealth Kent General, 640 S. State St., Dover.

Al-Anon and Alateen are free and open to anybody who has a friend or family member suffering from alcoholism. The group provides fellowship and support, and helps members learn from other members who share similar experiences. Al-Anon and Alateen also provide insight on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to ending alcohol and substance abuse. Alateen focuses on young people ages 13 to 19 who are impacted by a family member's abuse of alcohol. For more information call 866-460-4070 or go to www.marydelalanon.org.

Chronic pain support group meets second Tuesdays in Lewes

Pain Linx focuses on awareness, education, sharing and support for people with chronic pain. The group meets from 2 to 3 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month at Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes. Rita Williams, MA, CHES, health coach with Beebe Healthcare, will lead the sessions. Call 302-645-3528 for more information.

Grieving the loss of spouse or life partner support group meets second Wednesdays

Delaware Hospice will host a support group for those grieving the loss of a spouse or life partner from 1 to 2:30 p.m., the second Wednesday of every month in Georgetown. This support group offers an opportunity to share and learn helpful ways to cope with grief. Attendees can speak to others who share their sense of loss for an opportunity to find a new source of kinship and support. Education is provided on various topics including coping methods. No registration is required. For more information, ontact Midge DiNatale at 302-856-7717 or mdinatale@delawarehospice.org.

Free rapid HIV tests set in Rehoboth every second and fourth Thursday

CAMP Rehoboth is teaming with the Burton Village Community Center in Rehoboth Beach to offer free rapid HIV testing. The test only takes 15 minutes to get results. Testing will be offered from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every second Thursday and from 1 to 3 p.m. every fourth Thursday. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is needed. The Burton Village Community Center is at 37511 Burton Village in Rehoboth Beach. For more information, call CAMP Rehoboth at 302-227-5620.

Next Step bereavement support group meets every first Monday

The Cancer Support Community and Delaware Hospice are collaborating to offer a monthly bereavement group to focus on issues of loss that continue beyond the early stages of grief. The Next Step meets in the Sussex facility of the Cancer Support Community in Rehoboth at 9 a.m. the first Monday of each month. The Sussex facility is at 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Suite 312, Rehoboth. The facilitator is Midge DiNatale, GC-C of Delaware Hospice. To reserve a space and for more information call 302-645-9150 or go to www.cancersupportdelaware.org. All programs at the Cancer Support Community are offered at no charge to the participants.