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Health Briefs Summer 2020

June 22, 2020

Purple car parade to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Association June 23

Brandywine Living at Fenwick Island will hold a purple car parade at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day.

June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, and the Alzheimer’s Association is celebrating the commitment, passion and perseverance of The Longest Day participants such as Brandywine Living.

On or near June 20, the summer solstice and the day with the most light, Delaware Valley residents will join thousands of advocates from across the world to participate in The Longest Day.

This year, given the COVID-19 crisis, many participants will choose to support the event virtually through at-home and socially distanced activities such as biking, hiking, playing bridge, knitting and more. The effort raises critical funds and awareness to advance Alzheimer’s Association care, support and research programs. For more information, go to www.alz.org/thelongestday.

Grant applications due to Next Gen South July 15

Next Gen South is accepting applications for its 2020 competitive grant cycle.

Since its inception in 2012, the group has awarded more than $100,000 in support of initiatives that address the underlying social challenges facing vulnerable Delawareans in Kent and Sussex counties.

Next Gen South is currently raising money to support programs for addiction, substance abuse and family services, and programs including, but not limited to, treatment services, addiction prevention and education, mental health services, and organizations supporting families touched by addiction. The merits and execution of each program will determine grant selection. The application period closes Wednesday, July 15.

For more information and to apply, go to www.delcf.org/grants/.

Hospice Fest fundraiser set Aug. 8

Delaware Hospice will host its Hospice Fest 2020 fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, at 101 Veterans Blvd., Milford. There will be a car show, swap meet and festival with face painting, bounce slide, dunking booth, refreshments and more. Vendor registration is $10. Admission is $15. For more information, go to www.delawarehospice.org.

Registration open for Oct. 11 Lung Force Walk

Registration is open for the American Lung Association Lung Force Walk to be held Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. Day-of registration opens at 10 a.m. and the walk starts at 11 a.m. Friends, family and co-workers can come together to celebrate the power to make a difference in people's lives. It doesn't matter whether participants stroll, saunter or power-walk, everyone is welcome, regardless of age or athletic ability. To register for the event and help achieve the association’s vision of a world free of lung cancer and lung disease, go to www.lungforce.org/rehoboth.

Morning meditation offers connection

The Community Coherence Project created by Dr. Krista Griffin is a way to share 20-30 minutes of connection and meditation as a community, at 7:30 a.m. each day via Zoom teleconferencing system. To join and be a part of this collective consciousness, check out Alchemy 4 Life Delaware on Facebook or go to www.Alchemy4Life.com.

Support groups for healthcare workers ongoing

Delaware Psychological Services is offering free online confidential support groups for healthcare workers dealing with COVID-19 issues. The groups are offered at 11 a.m., Tuesdays and 7 p.m., Thursdays.

To register, contact Katie Honeywell, LCPC, via email at KatieHoneywellLcpc@gmail.com or call/text 302-329-8008.

Easterseals offers Lifespan Respite grant funding 

Caregiver burnout can put one’s physical and mental health at risk. Respite allows caregivers the time to relax, clear their mind, and find some peace in their busy life. Through Easterseals respite programs, partially funded by the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities, caregivers could qualify for grant funding to pay for care of their loved ones while they get a break. 

New applications for Lifespan Respite funding are now being accepted. Go to www.tinyurl.com/ESRespiteApp to complete an online application, or call the Community Outreach Department at 302-221-2087 or 302-221-2076 to complete over the phone.

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