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Health Briefs

July 16, 2018

Wings of Hope seeks sponsors, vendors for Sept. 8 event

The 8th Annual Wings of Hope...A Butterfly Release will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Beebe Medical Arts Building in Rehoboth. The event is highlighted by the release of monarch butterflies in recognition of family, friends and neighbors throughout Sussex County whose lives have been impacted by cancer. This free, community-wide event for all ages also includes a spectacular display of thousands of paper butterflies, live music from local musicians, activities for kids and a variety of vendors and refreshment offerings.

Event organizers are looking for sponsors, curtain sponsors, food trucks, food vendors, craft vendors and kids-activity vendors. For more information, go to www.cancersupportdelaware.org/wingsofhope.php.

Live and seeded butterflies can be purchased in memory and celebration of loved ones. Attendees will be able to release their live butterflies the day of the event.

All proceeds benefit Cancer Support Community Delaware, which offers support services to anyone impacted by any kind of cancer, their caregivers and family members, at no cost to the participant.

Delaware Able Plan presentation set July 17

The State of Delaware has rolled out its Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) plan, which is called DEpendABLE. This plan allows for individuals with disabilities who meet the eligibility requirements to save for their future, but still retain precious government benefits if they are receiving them.

The Office of the State Treasurer will offer a presentation at Easterseals, 22317 DuPont Hwy. Georgetown, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, to discuss eligibility, enrollment and available investments, as well as other plan features.

For more information, go to https://treasurer.delaware.gov/able-program/.

Beebe to host Connection Cure workshop  July 23

Beebe Healthcare will host a Connection Cure workshop from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 23, at Lewes Public Library. Connection Cure is a human engagement project that explores face-to-face connection as a catalyst for healing and wellness. This workshop challenges people to engage with themselves, others, and the world through meaningful conversation and connection. The facilitator will be Lisa Daron Grossman, founder of the Connection Cure, who is a speaker, life coach and practitioner of positive psychology. 

Grossman hosts workshops to destigmatize loneliness in this increasingly disconnected society, learn the science behind everyday interactions and create community and belonging. Attendees will learn the science behind the Connection Cure and learn how love actually changes the body’s biochemistry by lowering cortisol, boosting the immune system and strengthening the heart.

For more information, contact Rita Williams at shwilliams@beebehealthcare.org or 302-856-9729, Ext. 2936.

Alzheimer’s program in Selbyville July 30

Selbyville Public Library will host a program about the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease at 6 p.m., Monday, July 30. The library is at 11 Main St. in Selbyville. The program is open to the public and free of charge. To register, call 900-272-3900.  

Lewes resident named to Easterseals board

Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore recently welcomed Mindi Moore Tunnell of Lewes to its board of directors.

“I am excited to be a part of an organization that has such far-reaching effects in our community,” said Tunnell. “The services and resources that Easterseals provide are indispensable for children and adults with disabilities, as well as their families and caregivers.”

Tunnell is an attorney with Tunnell & Raysor PA, focusing on real estate settlements and land-use matters. She is strongly involved in her community and serves on the Beebe Medical Foundation board of directors. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Salisbury State University and her law degree from Widener University School of Law.

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. To learn more about how Easterseals helps children and adults with disabilities, call 1-800-677-3800 or go to www.de.easterseals.com.

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 kwebb@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.

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.