Thursday, April 16, 2015
New Volunteer Orientation Delaware Hospice will hold its next New Volunteer Orientation session on Tuesday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Delaware Hospice Center, Milford. Register by Tuesday, May 5, by contacting Susan Beckham, Sussex County volunteer coordinator at 856-7717 or Hospice volunteers help in many ways, including telephone check-up calls, fundraising event organization, and patient and family visits. Special opportunities are available within the Volunteer RN Program for retired, unemployed, and underemployed nurses. The New Volunteer Orientation is open to anyone in the community who is interested in becoming a Delaware Hospice volunteer or learning more about hospice. Attendance at the orientation does not obligate anyone to volunteer.

NHS celebrates Volunteer Week Nanticoke Health Services joins communities across the nation this week in celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 13-17. "Nanticoke Health Services will show their appreciation to the hundreds of community members who touch the lives of so many people by the gift of their time and talents as well as spreading hope and cheer to the patients, visitors, and staff of Nanticoke Health Services each and every day," said Jean Baldwin, director of volunteer services. The highlight of Volunteer Week will be the Volunteer Appreciation and Recognition Banquet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, at Heritage Shores Club in Bridgeville where many of Nanticoke's volunteers will be recognized. This year's theme is NHS Volunteers: Together We Can Make It Happen. The dedicated volunteers of Nanticoke Health Services gave over 34,900 hours of service during 2014. To learn more about becoming a Nanticoke Health Services volunteer, call 629-6611, ext. 2475.

Caregiver Support Group Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church near Millsboro will host an Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group the fourth Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Church Hall which is located to the left of the main entrance. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, April 23. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Jamie Magee at 854-9788 or 800-272-3900.

CHF Support Group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) support group from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, in the medical staff conference room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The support group is designed for individuals who have congestive heart failure as well as their families and caregivers. Meet others with this disease and share stories, tips and tricks at this free event. The two-hour support group meeting will consist of guest speaker presentations and opportunities to discuss concerns, provide support, and allow for networking. This month's speaker is Dr. Angel Alicea from Nanticoke Cardiology, who will present an overview of Congestive Heart Failure. Attendees can receive free pharmacy consultation for all medications that they bring in for review. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, call Melissa Williamson at 629-6611, ext. 2508.

Grief Workshop, Labyrinth Walk Delaware Hospice will hold a Grief Workshop and Labyrinth Walk at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, Lewes, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. Anyone coping with a loss or supporting a grieving family member or friend is welcome to attend this free event. Found in cultures around the world for thousands of years, the labyrinth is a symbol for life's journey. This workshop will use the labyrinth as a gentle but powerful method to move us along in our journey of grief. For registration or more information, contact Midge DiNatale, Delaware Hospice bereavement counselor, at 302-746-4740 or, or Mary Van House, MS, Milton Wellness Center, at 302-542-8878 or

Electronics sale at Look-In Glass Purchase new electronic devices in the medical staff conference room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Thursday, April 23 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, April 24 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Look-In Glass Shoppe at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is hosting the Infinite Entertainment electronics sale featuring several devices including smartphones, TVs and tablets from popular brands. For more information, call 629-6611, ext. 2475.

Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic The second annual Mission of Mercy dental clinic will be held April 17-18, at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury. To date, Mission of Mercy has registered more than 1,000 volunteers and received more than $123,000 in donations towards the $145,000 budget goal. The Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy (MOM) is a community event hosted by the Eastern Shore Dental Society. The focus of this mission is to provide treatment of immediate dental needs to the underserved populations on the Delmarva Peninsula. The primary focus will be the alleviation of pain and infection. For more information and to sign up to volunteer, visit

Healthcare Decisions Day Delaware Hospice, along with other national, state, and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making: an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). The objectives of NHDD are to provide much-needed information to the public, reduce the number of heartbreaks that ccur when a person's wishes are unknown, and improve the ability of healthcare facilities and providers to offer informed and thoughtful guidance about advance healthcare planning to their patients.

For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, visit

Annual Breast Cancer Update The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) will hold the 18th Annual Breast Cancer Update on Wednesday, April 22, at Dover Downs Hotel from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program will feature leading medical experts and speakers discussing the most up-to-date information on breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. This annual educational forum is free and open to the public. Continuing education units (CEU's) will be available to attending nurses and other healthcare professionals. Registration for CEU's is $30. The forum is open to the public and has become one of Delaware's most trusted sources of up-to date breast cancer information. For more information and to register, visit

Ride to the Tide is April 19 The Ride to the Tide to benefit Special Olympics Delaware is a police-escorted motorcycle ride that takes place on Sunday, April 19. The ninth annual ride is sponsored by Delmarva Power and organized by the Delaware Blue Knights - Chapter 1. The event is supported by Delaware's Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Delaware, Jake's Seafood House, WBOC 16 and Fox 21 Delmarva. Bikers can either depart from the University of Delaware football stadium parking lot (120-mile ride) at 10:30 a.m. or the Blue Hen Corporate Center (40-mile ride) at noon. The ride ends at 1 p.m. at Jake's Seafood House in Rehoboth Beach, where lunch is provided compliments of Jake's. A record 653 bikers and 253 passengers raised $32,500 in 2014. In total, the event has raised more than $140,500.

CHEER receives grant CHEER Nutrition Program has received a $700 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in Subaru of America's seventh annual "Share the Love" event. From Nov. 20 through Jan. 2, Subaru donated $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to the customer's choice of participating charities, including Meals on Wheels America, of which CHEER, Inc. is a member. CHEER delivers 600-800 homebound meals daily in Sussex County. During Operation Christmas CHEER 2014, over 265 hot meals were delivered on Christmas Day. CHEER will partner with Gateway Subaru in Delmar, Md. for the 5th Annual CHEER Car, Truck and Bike Show in Georgetown on Saturday, June 27. All proceeds will benefit CHEER Meals on Wheels program. Last year, CHEER raised over $5,000. Over the past seven years, Subaru has donated more than $8.4 million to Meals on Wheels in local communities nationwide.

By Dr. Anthony Policastro

Baby boomers are turning 65 in record numbers. Life expectancy for someone reaching 65 is almost another 20 years. Many people will have good health during that time while others will have poor health. A key task for each of these individuals and their families is having a plan for those who develop poor health. Medical expenses are the number one cause of bankruptcies in this country. Many considerations are involved and the most important is related to health insurance. There are different kinds of insurance for this age group. Medicare provides most of the basic coverage. Part A is for inpatient care. Part B is for outpatient care. Part D is for medication. Everyone has different needs, therefore, the decision as to which of these to take is individualized. I have written in the past about the various options. What is clear is that Medicare does not cover everything. For that reason, these individuals need to look at the various types of expenses that might occur. For example, a Medicare supplement is a good idea for almost everybody. There are significant co-payments and deductibles that individuals may face. They need to have something in place to address those. Another issue is related to long term care. This can get very expensive quickly. Anyone with a sizable nest egg needs to consider long term care insurance. At today's prices, you can expect to spend somewhere between $70,000 and $100,000 annually if you pay yourself. Even though long term care insurance is expensive, it is still cheaper than that amount. Outpatient care is often not covered by Medicare. That is true for things like home health care services. These too can get expensive. Insurance does exist for this, however, it too must rely on an individual decision about its purchase. Assisted living facilities offer an intermediate solution to some of these issues. However, they too come with costs. Sometimes those costs may be prohibitive. The real elephant in the room in relation to medical care for the elderly has to do with relatives providing care. It may be the spouse who provides care or it may be the children or other relatives. In any case, this too is often a financial decision. Caring for someone at home is much less expensive than having them in a long term care facility. That is true but even they need to hire additional help for part of the day. Just like any other retirement plan, these discussions need to be part of what families engage in. They clearly change over time. How much help a adult child can provide will change as their own children grow up and leave the house. It will be affected by geography. It is easier if the caregiver lives close by. It is easier still if the caregiver lives in the same house. There are so many factors involved. Some are financial. Some are geographical. Some are emotional. Some change with time. Because of this, it makes sense to have some kind of plan in mind ahead of time. Trying to come up with one in the midst of dealing with serious medical issues is that much more difficult.