Health
Thursday, September 22, 2016
 
Bariatric Support Group Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts bariatric support groups the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and the fourth Monday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m., in the Medical Staff Conference Room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Meetings will take place in October on Tuesday, Oct. 4 and Monday, Oct. 24. This free support group is designed to provide education and support to patients before and after their bariatric weight loss surgery and is open to the public. Meetings consist of guest speakers and presentations to provide information about nutrition, supplements, exercise and behavior modifications. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. For more information about this support group or other services provided by Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery, visit www.nanticokeweightloss.org or call 536-5395.

Bill helps senior transportation drivers Governor Markell has signed a bill that will greatly enhance ITNSouthernDelaware's ability to provide affordable transportation in Sussex County to seniors 55+ and adults with visual impairments. ITN is a new non-profit cooperative that began providing rides in Sussex County last December. Since then, some volunteer drivers received information from their automobile insurers causing them to withdraw from providing these services. When Speaker of the House, Pete Schwartzkopf and Senator Brian Pettyjohn heard that insurance carriers might increase rates or terminate the policy of non-profit transportation drivers who do not receive monetary compensation, they joined together to sponsor HB389/SA 1 which protects volunteer drivers from these adverse consequences. ITN currently operates along the central and eastern areas of Sussex County and intends to move into the Bridgeville, Seaford, Laurel area in the fall. Members use services for medical appointments, worship activities, salon engagements, errands, social events, and much more. For more information about volunteering or how to become a member, call 302-448-8486 or visit itnsoutherndelaware.org.

National Depression Screening Day Worry, anger, and stress are normal, appropriate and even necessary during life's difficult moments. But, when negative feelings prevent you from doing your daily activities or interacting with friends and loved ones, it might be time to seek help. The Mental Health Association in Delaware will hold its National Depression Screening Day event on Thursday, Oct. 6, at numerous locations in Delaware. Some locations will hold the screening on different dates throughout October. As part of the program, you will have the opportunity to complete an anonymous, brief, written questionnaire, learn about the symptoms of depression, and how to help a friend or family member who may be at risk. You will also have the option of talking to a health care professional about any concerns you may have. For more information about National Depression Screening Day 2016 and for locations and times of screenings, visit www.mhainde.org, www.helpyourselfhelpothers.org, or call 302-654-6833 or 800-287-6423.

Diabetes Education Program Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The cost of the program may be reimbursable by insurance. As a person with diabetes, Nanticoke Health Services can be part of your healthcare team to help teach you the self-care skills needed to keep you on track. Our four-session diabetic program includes weekly education sessions in a group setting. One family member or significant other is welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required prior to attending classes. To register and to obtain more information regarding the course, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Education Department at 629-6611, ext. 2446.

Benefit events for Easter Seals Easter Seals invites you to join them for several events to benefit their Walk With Me & 5k Fun Run Delmarva event on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m., at Baywood Greens in Long Neck. On Thursday, Sept. 22 from 4-9 p.m., visit Grotto Pizza in Seaford to support team Stevie's Daredevils, led by Stevie Tull and family. Stevie is an Easter Seals participant and past ambassador. Get creative on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Painting With A Twist in Lewes from 6-8 p.m. Register online at www.paintingwithatwist.com/lewes. On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the Blue Water Grille on Main Street in Millsboro will donate a percentage of sales to support the Walk With Me & 5K Fun Run event.

Registration for this year's Walk With Me and 5K Fun Run event is available online at www.walkwithme.org/delmarva or by contacting Linda Forte at 302-253-1100, ext. 1121 or lforte@esdel.org.

Memory Caf← outdoor picnic The Memory Caf← will have an outdoor picnic on Monday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to noon at John T. West Park, three blocks from the Ocean View CHEER Center. Memory Caf← is open to the public and free of charge. Relaxation exercises by CHEER's yoga instructor will also be provided. An RSVP is requested as each guest is requested to bring a dish to share. Memory Caf← provides a safe environment for people with memory loss and their care partners to laugh, learn, and to be socially engaged with others who are traveling the same journey. This program is not an adult day care program, nor one that provides personal or medical care. The caregiver/family member is responsible for their loved one. For questions, directions and to RSVP, contact Yolanda Gallego at ygallego@cheerde.com or 302-539-2671.

Nutrition classes for bariatric patients Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts monthly nutrition classes to provide education to its weight loss patients. The "New Patient Nutrition Class" is held the first Wednesday of each month and is designed for new surgical (bariatric) weight loss patients. The "Nutrition Education Class" is held the third Thursday of each month and is open to both surgical and non-surgical (medical) weight loss patients. Classes for the month of October will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5 and Thursday, Oct. 20 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Nanticoke's Miller Building, 121 S. Front St., Seaford. Bariatric patients are required to attend at least one nutrition class prior to their scheduled surgery. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to get weighed in. For more information or to reserve your spot in the next class, call Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery at 536-5395. For more information about weight loss services provided by Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery, visit www.nanticokeweightloss.org.

Run/Walk/Stroll to benefit seniors CHEER, Inc. will host a Run/Walk/Stroll event, "Sweatin' for our Seniors," on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the CHEER Community Center in Georgetown. Participants can run/walk/stroll any time between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Each participant is encouraged to secure at least 10 sponsors at $10 per sponsor. Funds generated from the event will help support CHEER programs for Sussex County seniors. T-shirts will be given to the first 200 people who pre-register. Registration forms are available at the CHEER Community Center or by calling Dave Tidwell, 854-2888. Checks should be made payable to CHEER Senior Foundation. The day will also feature a Health Fair and activities inside the community center. Numerous health vendors will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy music by the Sussex Tech Jazz Band from 2-6 p.m. Light food and drink will be available all day from Lighthouse Catering. "Sweatin' for our Seniors" replaces CHEER's Annual Beach Day and Healthy Living Expo this year due to renovations at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. If work progresses on schedule at the convention center, CHEER's Beach Day will continue its long tradition on Sept. 15, 2017.

Diabetic Conversation Club The Diabetic Conversation Club, a social group (non-medical) for diabetics to discuss successes, failures, share information, and get re-energized to achieve goals, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the A.C.E. Center in Seaford. The next meetings will be held on Oct. 12 and Nov. 9. For more information, contact Linda Williams at 628-3016.

Dementia Care presentation The Swank Memory Care Center will present Dementia Care 2016: Best Practices and New Resources on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at The Virden Retreat at the University of Delaware, Lewes. This course is intended for primary care and behavioral health clinicians including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists and social workers. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 25 at https://cchs.cloud-cme.com/DementiaCare2016. There is no charge to attend. For more information, email rpugh@christianacare.org.