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Health Briefs August 2019

August 19, 2019

Go Pink! T-shirt purchases benefit breast cancer screenings

Since 2006, Bayhealth has been raising money and awareness for breast cancer through its annual Go Pink! campaign, held each October. The majority of funds raised come from the sale of Go Pink! T-shirts. Proceeds are split between Bayhealth and its community partner the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Funds are used to provide breast screenings and education programs to the community. In 2018, approximately 4,800 shirts were sold and more than $30,000 was raised. Shirts cost $10. To purchase, go to www.bayhealthfoundation.org/ways-to-give/gopink or email lwilkinson@debreastcancer.org.

Bayhealth Sussex now offers Healthcare Explorers youth program

Bayhealth’s Education Department in partnership with the Delmarva Council of Boy Scouts is offering a new Healthcare Explorers program at the Sussex Campus. The program, which allows students to explore healthcare careers, has been available at the Kent Campus.

The programs are open to high school students ages 14 to 20, with meetings once a month from September to May. Each meeting will cover a specific topic and consist of a briefing and a tour. Past topics include oncology, physical therapy, nursing, surgery and more. Spots are limited at both campuses.

Go to www.Bayhealth.org/Explorers-Program for more information, including the fee and how to apply.

Safeway Foundation grant to fund Bayhealth biopsies for women in need

For the second consecutive year, Safeway Foundation granted $4,000 to the Bayhealth Foundation to support cancer programs and services. The funds will be used by the Bayhealth Cancer Institute to provide free biopsies to women in need in central and southern Delaware. For more information, go to www.Bayhealth.org.

Plant-based pick-me-ups beyond caffeine class set Aug. 13

Joan Tylecki, MS Herbal Medicine, CNS, LDN, will offer a class on Plant Pick-Me Ups: Caffeine and Beyond from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Plant Wisdom Within Apothecary. Attendees will learn about different caffeine-containing plants, how they can affect one individual differently from another, and ways to mitigate some of their less-desirable effects. Tylecki also will introduce alternative forms of plant-based stimulants, herbal support and pick-me-ups beyond caffeine. The address is 18522 Little Goat Lane, Lewes. For more information and to sign up, go to www.plantwisdomwithin.com and click on Events.

Plant-based immune boosters class set Aug. 17

Joan Tylecki, MS Herbal Medicine, CNS, LDN, will offer a MYO Back-to-School Immune Boosters class from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, at Plant Wisdom Within Apothecary. In this hands-on class, Tylecki will demonstrate why certain herbs are used, how they can help reduce the amount of bugs people pick up and shorten the duration of any they do. Attendees will learn how to make fire cider and herbed elderberry syrup, when and how to use them, and delicious, creative ways to work them into the family’s existing habits. The address is 18522 Little Goat Lane, Lewes. For more information and to sign up, go to www.plantwisdomwithin.com and click on Events.

Nutrition for chronic conditions workshop to start Sept. 3

Healthy Living for Chronic Conditions, a free six-week workshop, will start from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Long Neck CHEER Center. The facilitator will be integrative nutrition coach Steuart Martens. Long Neck CHEER Center is at 26089 Long Neck Road in the Shoppes at Long Neck. For required registration, call Nancy Dodd at 302-945-3551.

Autism Delaware to host caregiver coffee hour Sept. 5

Autism Delaware will host a free coffee hour for families affected by autism from 9 to 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, at Panera Bread on Route 1, Rehoboth. Caregivers are invited to share a beverage and conversation on a variety of topics, moderated by one of its family support professionals. In a casual atmosphere, autism-related topics are discussed among those affected by autism in their family. Attendees may share experiences, ask questions and hear important current news. To RSVP, call Tomara at 302-644-3410, Ext. 205 or email tomara.williams@delautism.org.

Matter of Balance class to start Sept. 9

Volunteer Delaware 50+ will conduct A Matter of Balance classes for eight weeks from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9, to Oct. 28, at Lewes Public Library. Matter of Balance is an evidence-based program to help adults manage issues of balance, managing and reducing falls, and related issues. The program is open to the community. Registration classes fill quickly. There is no fee for classes. For more information and to register, call 302-515-3020.

Cancer bereavement group to start Sept. 9

The Cancer Support Community will host a six-week bereavement program, Living With Loss, facilitated by Meredith English, a Delaware Hospice bereavement counselor, to begin at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9. This series is free and open to anyone who has lost a loved one in the past year. The Cancer Support Community is located in the Medical Arts Building, 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Suite 312, Rehoboth. Space is limited. For more information or to register, call 302-645-9150 or go to www.cancersupportdelaware.org.

Sussex County Health Coalition to host Meet the Funder event Sept. 13

Sussex County Health Coalition will host its next Meet The Funder event, featuring Cynthia Pritchard from Philanthropy Delaware, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, at 21133 Sterling Ave., Suite 12, Georgetown.

Pritchard has over 30 years in executive planning, administration, fundraising communications, strategic grantmaking, and program experience in the nonprofit and private sectors. She is currently the president and CEO of Philanthropy Delaware, a statewide grant-makers’ association. Pritchard has served as executive staff for United Way, departments of Labor and Medicaid, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Red Cross; Nationwide Insurance, and Financial and Continuum Healthcare.

She is considered a strategic thought leader in the areas of arts/culture/historic preservation, workforce development, early childhood, youth career development, adult education, civic engagement, volunteerism, healthcare, public policy and mental health.

For details, go to www.sussexcoalition.org.

AIDS Walk and Peace Day set Sept. 21

The 2019 AIDS Walk Delaware will be held on International Peace Day, Saturday, Sept. 21, at Grove Park in Rehoboth Beach.

Attendees will channel their 'peace qi' to advance HIV awareness, reduce stigma, and endorse HIV-informed community health for all Delawareans. 

For over 30 years, AIDS Walk Delaware has attracted thousands of people to donate and walk in peace and solidarity for Delawareans living with HIV. Even now, some HIV+ individuals are afraid to reveal their status for fear of being shunned by family and society. Participants can walk for global peace and for a healthy, HIV-informed community, and walk or donate in memoriam for those who simply wanted to live in peace and good health.

To start a team or register individually, go to www.aidswalkdelaware.org.

AIDS Delaware awarded $10K from Bank of America

AIDS Delaware recently received a $10,000 award from Bank of America for its statewide food pantry. With locations in Rehoboth Beach and Wilmington, the food pantry distributes food to Delawareans living with HIV and AIDS.

For people living with HIV, good nutrition supports overall health by helping maintain the immune system, a healthy weight, and the absorption of HIV medications. AIDS Delaware’s food pantry ensures the recipients have food to remain healthy not only for themselves but also their families. Food pantry recipients live at or below 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level and include AIDS Delaware’s clients and HIV+ Delawareans referred from other AIDS service organizations.

For more information for anyone in need of AIDS Delaware’s services, call 302-652-6776 or go to www.aidsdelaware.org. AIDS Delaware offers free, confidential HIV testing; no appointment is required. It also provides comprehensive client case management services. 

AIDS Delaware’s mission is to eliminate the spread and stigma of HIV/AIDS, improve lives of those living with HIV/AIDS, and promote community health through comprehensive and culturally-sensitive services, education programs and advocacy.

Easterseals to offer 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.  

Cancer caregiver support group meets Thursdays

Cancer does not just affect the diagnosed person; it is a disease that affects the whole family and all who support them. Cancer Support Community offers a caregiver support group at 1 p.m. each Thursdays, at 18947 John J. Williams Hwy, Suite 312, Rehoboth. Louise White, LCSW, addresses issues surrounding the important role of caregiver. She helps attendees make sense of the turmoil and learn practical ways of coping. This program coincides with the program time for the cancer support group for people currently affected by cancer. For more information and to register, call 302-645-9150 or go to www.cancersupportdelaware.org. All programs at Cancer Support Community are offered free of charge to people with cancer and their loved ones.

Amputee support group meets monthly

Beebe Healthcare and Beebe Vascular offer a community amputee support group from 5 to 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. The group provides peer support, networking and educational opportunities for people who have experienced limb loss, their families and support people. This group is open to everyone regardless of where or when they experienced limb loss. The group meets at Beebe Vascular, 33664 Bayview Medical Drive, Unit 2, Lewes. Participants do not need to be patients of Beebe Vascular to participate in the support group. For more information or to RSVP, call 302-644-4954. 

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.

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, call 302-856-7717.

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 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. Facilitator is Meredith English, Delaware Hospice bereavement coordinator. 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.