Health
Thursday, July 7, 2005
Visit the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Health Tent at Riverfest
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will once again be part of Riverfest 2005 with a health tent located across from Gateway Park. The tent will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. There will be health information for all ages and interactive displays. Children can learn the importance of hand washing with the “See Germs GLOW” display, what to expect during a visit to Nanticoke’s Outpatient Treatment Center and an activity station with Fish Hats and crayons for decorating their own hat. Adults can participate in the “Treasure your body” activity, learn about Advance Directives and the Prescription Assistant Program, and experience hands on education with “Choking Charlie” and CPR. Representatives of Nanticoke’s Cancer Care Center will provide information on Colon cancer, Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, Screening for Life. A machine that analyzes the skin will be available to view sun-damaged skin. NMH will be issuing certificates for Cholesterol screenings, Prostate screenings and Blood Glucose monitoring. Certificates will be valid for a special “Community Health Screening” event July 21 and 23. The screenings will cost between $5 and $15. A First-Aid station will be located under the tent. In addition, the first 100 participants that complete a short survey will receive a free bicycle helmet, donated by Ocean Atlantic Agency (Limit one helmet per family). To learn more about Nanticoke’s health tent, contact Corporate Education at 629-6611, extension 8989.

Women’s Health Screening van coming to Greenwood
The Women’s Mobile Health Screening van is on the road again and coming to Greenwood Public Library on Thursday, July 14. Free mammograms will be given to women who have scheduled an appointment. Women interested in receiving a free mammogram must call 1-888-672-9647 before July 14 to schedule an appointment. No one will receive services without an appointment. The van is administered by the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. and offers high quality services delivered by professional medical staff. The Greenwood Public Library is located east of the railroad tracks, on the corner of Market Street (Rt. 16) and Mill Street. Call 349-5309 for information.
Alzheimer’s Association to hold family training session
The Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter will conduct an all-day summertime family care-giver training session in Sussex County at Heritage at Milford, 500 South DuPont Boulevard, on Thursday, July 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. According to Jamie Magee, Georgetown branch office coordinator for the Delaware Valley Chapter, the workshop is designed to help care-givers and family members of those with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia to cope with everyday and long-term needs of their impaired relative. While the training is free, pre-registration is required by calling 302-854-9788 or 1-800-272-3900. Magee notes that workshop topics will include a medical overview of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia, communication and behavioral symptoms, activities of daily living and safety, and legal and financial planning. The Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter provides a wide range of services to 268,000 individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders and their families including family care-giver training, a 24-7-365 days-a-year toll-free Contact Center/Helpline (1-800-272-3900), support groups and multicultural outreach.

Safe Sitter classes offered at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys aged 11 to 13 will be offered at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The two part course will be held from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. on July 22 and 23. The Safe Sitter program is a medically-accurate instructional series that teaches youngsters how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The cost is $35. Participants are to bring a bag lunch. To register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter, call 629-6611 ext. 2540. The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by babysitters. Thousands of young adolescents across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle life-threatening emergencies. All medical information will be taught by a certified professional. During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic life-saving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis. Instructors also provide tips to make sitters more confident caregivers. They teach safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They give information on child development and suggest age-appropriate activities. Participants will learn about the business aspects of babysitting. For more information about Safe Sitter, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611 extension 2540.