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Health Briefs

September 15, 2017

Free flu vaccinations to be offered at Hispanic Festival Sept. 17

The Division of Public Health will offer free flu vaccinations for ages 9 and up at the Hispanic Festival, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17, at La Esperanza Community Center, 216 North Race St., Georgetown. For more information, go to http://flu.delaware.gov or call 302-854-9262. Flu vaccinations are also available through physicians, pharmacies and many grocery stores.

Registration open for Sept. 23 AIDS Walk Delaware

Registration is now open for AIDS Walk Delaware, set for Saturday, Sept. 23, at Grove Park in Rehoboth Beach. Now in its 31st year, AIDS Walk Delaware was one of the first walkathons to raise money and HIV awareness in Delaware. The walk takes place in two locations: Dravo Plaza at Riverfront Wilmington and Grove Park in Rehoboth Beach. Dogs are welcome. In 2016, funds raised supported 14 AIDS service organizations. Captains, walkers, donors and volunteers are encouraged to register now. Summertime fundraising accounts for 20 percent of funds raised. This year's goal is $125,000.

A lot has changed in 31 years: HIV/AIDS is now a manageable disease with a host of medications that allow people to live long lives. But what hasn't changed is that people are still getting HIV, more than 50,000 every year in the U.S. And people who have HIV/AIDS still need services that are funded by AIDS Walk Delaware. For more information, go to www.aidsdelaware.org.

Free flu vaccination clinics Mondays at Beebe starting Sept. 25

Beebe will once again host a free flu clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the medical center in Lewes every Monday, Sept. 25 to Nov. 13. Beebe also provides free health screenings, including flu shots, at health events across Sussex County to better serve the community. For a schedule of flu vaccination clinics, go to www.beebehealthcare.org/calendar.

Influenza viruses are always changing, so annual vaccination is recommended. Each year, scientists try to match the viruses in the vaccine to those most likely to cause flu that year. Vaccinations will be provided to adults only (18 and over) at the clinics. Parents should contact their children's physician or the Division of Public Health for information about pediatric vaccinations.

Coffee and cancer screenings for women set in Rehoboth Sept. 27

The Delaware Division of Public Health's Women's Mobile Health Screening van is scheduled to provide breast and cervical cancer screenings outside Java Jukebox in Rehoboth Beach during its Coffee with a Purpose event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27. DPH provides funding to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition to operate and staff the year-round efforts of the screening van in partnership with Beebe Medical Center. CAMP Rehoboth and Java Jukebox are eager to partner with the van to bring these important health services to Delawareans in their local communities. Staff will be on site to screen women ages 40 and older at this inclusive and welcoming event. The van primarily helps women traditionally faced with barriers to healthcare such as transportation, language, insurance or access.

Java Jukebox will provide coffee and treats to Coffee with a Purpose attendees. Women are invited to bring a friend to have a conversation about health issues and take advantage of the screening opportunity. While not required, scheduling an appointment in advance for the mammography screenings is encouraged. To make an appointment, call 1-888-672-9647. Women who are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible for a free screening through the Delaware Division of Public Health Screening for Life program.

The mobile health unit provides vital health services to low-income, uninsured and underserved women throughout the state. In addition to screenings for breast and cervical cancer, the van offers blood pressure screenings, cholesterol and glucose testing, tobacco cessation referrals and information on healthy lifestyles. Translation services in Spanish and Haitian-Creole are available as needed.

Mammography and Pap tests are tools used to detect cancer early when tumors are small and easier to treat. The Delaware Cancer Consortium recommends screening annually for breast cancer, beginning at age 40, depending on one's family history. The Delaware Cancer Consortium recommends screening for cervical cancer for women ages 21-29 once every three years and women 30-65 once every five years with HPV co-testing. For an upcoming calendar of the van schedule, go to www.debreastcancer.org. Java Jukebox is at 37169 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.

Team registration open for Easterseals walk set Oct. 15

Teams are registering now for the fifth annual Easterseals Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore Walk With Me Delmarva event to be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15, at Baywood Greens, Long Neck. It will unite hundreds of Easterseals families and supporters in lower Delaware and along Maryland's Eastern Shore to raise funds for Easterseals services in order to impact the lives of local individuals and families living with disabilities.

"Delmarva's Walk With Me is an opportunity for families, friends, neighbors and colleagues to walk together to support people with disabilities and their families in our local community," said Linda Forte, Walk With Me event coordinator and community relations coordinator. "The event brings the local community together to work for a common goal to give the people we serve more independence through our programs and services."

Fun games, activities, food and great entertainment will also be offered. To register, go to www.walkwithme.org/delmarva or call 302-253-1100, Ext. 1121, or email lforte@esdel.org.

Easterseals Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore offers a range of services including children's therapies, assistive technology, recreational camping, day programs for adults with physical or intellectual disabilities, and respite services for caregivers. For more information, call 1-800-677-3800 or go to www.de.easterseals.com.

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 Thursday 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 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.