Health Briefs May 2019

May 20, 2019

Easterseals Walk With Me kickoff event raises $1K

Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore recently kicked off the seventh annual Walk With Me & 5K Fun Run Delmarva event by hosting an adult Easter egg hunt at Salted Vines Winery in Frankford. The kickoff event raised over $1,000 for Easterseals, which provides programs and services for people with disabilities and their families.

The Walk With Me event is slated for 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13, 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 to continue its support the lives of local individuals and families living with disabilities.

There also will be fun games, activities, food and great entertainment.

To register, go to or contact Linda Forte at 302-253-1100, Ext. 1121 or

Local doctor to discuss naturopathic medicine May 21

Kim Furtado, ND, will lead a small-group discussion, Exploring Naturopathic Medicine, at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, at the Cancer Support Community Delaware on Route 24 near Rehoboth.

Attendees can learn about naturopathic principles and how they can improve quality of life for cancer patients. Furtado will discuss Treating the Whole Person, Doing No Harm and the Healing Power of Nature. She will also examine options for choosing a treatment plan, making dietary changes and exploring supportive therapies. Participants can begin to look at cancer with a new lens and seek personal growth through the cancer experience. This presentation is also available on Facebook Live. 

For further information or to register, call 302-645-9150. All programs offered at Cancer Support Community are free of charge to people affected by cancer and their loved ones. The Sussex facility is at 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Suite 312, Rehoboth. Find more information at

Rehoboth TransLiance to host direct primary care physician May 28

Rehoboth TransLiance will meet from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, at Metropolitan Community Church Rehoboth, 19369 Plantation Road, Rehoboth.

Dr. Chris Degnon will discuss direct primary care, a healthcare delivery model that provides an opportunity for patients and physicians to enter a relationship that puts the patient first. By providing primary care services for a low, flat monthly fee, patients get same-day or next-day visits without copays. With direct access to the physician, patients can also contact their doctor by phone, secure text, email, or video chat when care is needed. DPC offers unhurried office visits and access to discounts on medications, labs, pathology, and imaging, all without the need for insurance. By removing the intrusiveness and red tape of health insurance, physicians are able to deliver affordable care personalized for their patients. 

Degnon provides comprehensive primary care for the LGBT community. She also provides gender-affirming care and hormone therapy in coordination with a comprehensive care team.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, go to Rehoboth TransLiance is an outreach program of MCC Rehoboth and Safe Harbor UCC church in Milton; all are welcome.

Wings of Hope Butterfly Release set June 2 

The Cancer Support Community will host its 9th Annual Wings of Hope...A Butterfly Release from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, June 2, at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes. The event is highlighted by the release of 250 monarch butterflies in recognition of family, friends and neighbors whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

This free, community-wide event for all ages includes an amazing display of thousands of paper butterflies, live music from local musicians, activities for kids, and a variety of vendors and refreshment offerings. CSC is going back to the first Wings of Hope location, and closing the statewide Crush Out Cancer campaign with this event.

For more information, go to

Addiction symposium set June 12

Day of Hope - An Addiction Symposium for community members and those seeking CEUs will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, at the William Carter Partnership Center at Delaware Tech in Georgetown. The day will include national prevention education speaker Dr. Gilbert Botvin, trauma-informed care training, mindfulness training and a panel discussion of the impact of addiction on families. Cost is $45 for professionals requesting CEUs, and $25 for community members. Registration includes continental breakfast and boxed lunch. To sign up, go to

Babysitting course at Beebe to start June 25

The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare will again host its popular babysitting course this summer.

The one-day course teaches teens about child development and age-appropriate activities, safe home practices, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, along with the characteristics and qualities of a good sitter.

The classes are for youth ages 12 to 15. Cost is $50 per participant. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant should bring a bagged lunch. Juice and snacks will be provided.

Classes are set for  9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, June 25; Thursday, June 27; Tuesday, July 9; and Wednesday, July 10. They are held at the School of Nursing, behind Beebe’s Lewes campus. To best access the school this summer, take Savannah Road to Fourth Street, turn left. At the stop sign at Bethel church, turn left. Follow the road to the school on the right. Drop off and pick up participants using the cul-de-sac.

To register, go to

AIDS Delaware is 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 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.

Del-One Foundation donates to Easterseals walk

Easterseals of Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore received $1,000 from Del-One Foundation for the 2019 Walk With Me Delmarva event. Del-One is the first Gold Sponsor for the event set to begin at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13, at Baywood Greens in Long Neck.

“Easterseals is pleased to receive an early gift in the form of its first gold sponsorship for [the 2019] Walk With Me event thanks to the Del-One Foundation,” said Kenan Sklenar, Easterseals president and CEO. “We appreciate the partnership and support from the Del-One Foundation.”

The Walk With Me & 5K Fun Run Delmarva event unites hundreds of Easterseals families and supporters in lower Delaware and along Maryland’s Eastern Shore to raise funds for Easterseals services and positively affect the lives of local individuals and families living with disabilities.

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 about how Easterseals helps children and adults with disabilities, call 1-800-677-3800 or go to

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 to complete an online application, or call the Community Outreach Department at 302-221-2087 or 302-221-2076 to complete over the phone.  

Breakfast at Beebe Tuesdays continue until July 16

Beebe Healthcare is offering Breakfast at Beebe as a way for healthcare job seekers to meet with recruiters and have questions answered. Breakfast at Beebe will be held from 8 to 10 a.m., Tuesdays, through July 16. Beebe is seeking registered nurses with two years of acute care experience. During the breakfast, applicants will be interviewed by a nurse manager.

Applicants are asked to sign up by phone and bring a current resume to the breakfast. For more information or to sign up for a date, call 302-645-3336.

Beebe also offers a live chat for nursing applicants. Those interested in a nursing career at Beebe can call and talk with a nurse recruiter from 2 to 3 p.m. every Thursday.

For more information and to register, go to

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 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. 

Art Cart volunteers needed at Tunnell Cancer Center

The Cancer Support Community Delaware and the Tunnell Cancer Center at Beebe Health Campus in Rehoboth collaborate for the Art Cart program. Volunteers bring art projects to patients as they receive treatment in the infusion area at the Tunnell center. Monthly training is given for the art projects, and volunteers are encouraged to contribute ideas. Volunteers also need to receive required training as Beebe Healthcare volunteers.

The Art Cart program takes place from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Volunteers may select the day that works best for them. For more information, contact Kaye Webb at 302-645-9150 or

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

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

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

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

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 All programs at the Cancer Support Community are offered at no charge to the participants.