certification classes at Delaware Tech
This fall, Delaware Tech offers certification courses in special CPR
techniques as well as its regular schedule of CPR classes.
Heartsave Plus and Pediatric BLS Plus are designed for lay people
(daycare providers, lifeguards, charter boat captains, etc.) whose
job requires a written evaluation and course completion card for certification
of CPR skills.
Heartsaver (adult only) - Nov. 9 - teaches adult one-rescuer CPR
Heartsaver Adult & Peds - Oct. 19 or Nov. 23 - teaches adult and
pediatric CPR with choking.
Heartsaver Plus - Oct. 19 or Nov. 23- teaches the same content as
the Adult & Peds course plus information about the use of face shields
or barrier devices during CPR.
Pediatric BLS - Oct. 12, Nov. 16, or Dec. 7 - covers infant/child
CPR with choking with emphasis on safe environment and prevention.
Pediatric BLS Plus - Oct. 12, Nov. 16, or Dec. 7 - teaches about
the use of barrier devices during CPR.
For more information about these and other Health Institute courses,
contact Corporate & Community Programs at (302) 854-6966.
Night-at-the-Races Oct. 27 sponsored by NHS Auxiliary
The Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary will be offering "Night-at-the-Races"
on Oct. 27, at Harrington Raceway. The clubhouse will open at 5 pm
and post-time is 5:45 pm. There will be 13 races for trotters and
pacers, horses owned and bred by Delaware residents and a race featuring
the auxiliary as the sponsor. Tickets are available for $15 per person
which include an ala carte dinner. Wagering for each race will be
offered at the participant's table and in the betting area located
adjacent to the clubhouse.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the hospital
at 302-626-6611, ext. 2402 or auxiliary members Nancy Cook (629-8503)
and Judi Thoroughgood (934-8215).
Fibromyalgia Support Group meets Oct. 12
The Sussex Fibromyalgia Support Group will hold its monthly meeting
on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in the
Medical Staff Conference Room.
Judith Pugh, Extension Educator from Cecil Copunty, Md., will present
a program on the importance of laughter in improving health entitled,
"Laughing Matters." The Public is invited.
For more information, contact Chris Bauer at 629-6611.
Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary meeting Oct. 13
The regular meeting of the Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary will
be Wednesday, Oct. 13. This will be a coffee at 10 a.m. at the Seaford
Golf and Country Club and cost $1.50. Dr. Ken Smith will be the guest
speaker. Dr. Smith will talk about Diabetes. Anyone interested in
becoming a Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary member is invited to
attend the meeting.
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital flu shots Oct. 30 & Nov. 10
Flu season is approaching and it's now the time to get flu shots.
Influenza is a serious disease that affects many people, especially
the elderly and those with serious, long-term health problems.
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will be offering flu shots to the public
on Saturday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
located in the Community Room of the hospital. The cost of the vaccination
will be $5. The vaccine is not recommended for anyone under the age
The influenza vaccine is recommended especially for elderly and high-risk
individuals. Healthy working adults may also benefit from the influenza
vaccine and vaccination of children may assist in the preventing of
influenza spread throughout the household.
Large outbreaks of influenza usually do not occur before December
in the USA and reach a peak between late December and early March
and can possibly continue into the spring.
The duration of protection conferred by influenza vaccine generally
begins one to two weeks after injection and may last six months of
For additional information contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at
629-6611, ext. 2294. No appointment or pre-registration is required.
workshops offered at Del Tech
A series of workshops focusing on gerontology 'the study of aging'
is being offered by Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens
The workshops provide training, enrichment, and awareness for those
working with elders in the community or residential care settings.
All workshops meet on Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the William A. Carter
The fee for each session is $29; participants can earn 0.2 continuing
education units and/or 2.4 contact hours per workshop.
For more information, contact Corporate & Community Programs at 854-6966.
The schedule is as follows:
Oct. 19: "Effective Communication with the Elderly" helps caregivers
deal with common communication problems of the elderly such as speech
impediments, loss of hearing, and reduced processing skills.
Nov. 2: "Loss: How to Respond to Elders and Their Families" teaches
communication skills and specific techniques to help survivors work
through the grieving and healing process after the loss of a loved
Nov. 16: "Effective Communication with the Dementia Patient" covers
ways to foster positive interpersonal communications and reduce emotional
and physical stress for both the patient and the caregiver as they
deal with the patient's challenges of reduced language and concentration
Sussex AIDS organization seeking board candidates
The Board of Directors of the Sussex County AIDS Committee (SCAC)
will hold its annual elections on Monday, Oct. 11. SCAC is seeking
candidates who, if elected, would serve on the board for a one-year
to a possible three-year term.
"Serving on the board is a great way for community persons to get
more involved in SCAC's work," explains SCAC executive director Glen
C. Pruitt. "The Board of Directors determines SCAC's long-term goals,
as well as provide accountability for the SCAC staff."
The SCAC Board of Directors meets six times a year, on the second
Monday evening of February, April, June, August, October and December.
At each meeting, the board reviews financial and program reports,
and then conducts any business before it.
"SCAC has had a strong, vital Board of Directors for several years,"
says Jackie Ignacio, chair of the board's Nominating Committee. "Its
strength comes from the diversity of its members: persons from many
different segments of our community."
The board wishes to continue that diversity, and welcomes candidates
who are women, members of the African-American or Hispanic communities,
or persons living with HIV infection.
The Sussex County AIDS Committee is a private, non-profit organization
that provides support services to residents of Sussex County with
HIV infection or AIDS.
In addition, SCAC provides educational programs and offers free, anonymous
HIV testing at its office in Rehoboth Beach.
For more information about the agency or to learn more about the Board
of Directors elections, contact Glen Pruitt or Jackie Ignacio at 644-1090.
New HIV testing site offers anonymous test results
In addition to the Sussex County AIDS Committee providing free and
anonymous testing every Thursday 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., the SHARP Center
will now offer free and anonymous testing by appointment five days
The SHARP Center, located at 107 B South St. in Rehoboth, uses the
OraSure HIV Test which is a test that requires no blood to be drawn.
For more information, contact Jeanne at 644-1094.
Free Internet Access Training scheduled for October 12
On the second Tuesday of each month there will be an internet training
session held at the SHARP Center on 107 B South St. in Rehoboth.
Karene Jules-Chester,from the Delaware Academy of Medicine, will offer
training from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The training will cover internet access, focusing on how to search
for literature. The sessions are limited to three participants per
The next scheduled class is Tuesday, Oct. 12. Please contact Jeanne
at (302) 644-1094 to register.
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