Health
Thursday, September 08, 2016
 
CHF support group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) support group on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Medical Staff Conference Room. The support group is designed for individuals with CHF as well as their families and caregivers. September's meeting will feature a presentation titled, "Savor the Flavor," by guest speaker Wendy Polk, RD, LDN, director of Nutrition Services at Nanticoke. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss concerns, provide support, and network with others. Additionally, 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.

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, contact Robin Pugh at rpugh@christianacare.org.

Diabetes support group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a free diabetes support group on Monday, Sept. 19 from 5-6 p.m. in the Medical Staff Conference Room. This support group is open to the public. As a person with diabetes, are you struggling to make positive behavior changes in your life or would just like to share with others coping with diabetes? This meeting will feature information about Nanticoke's SAVE Program. Registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Education department at 629-6611, ext. 2446.

Diabetes management workshop Nanticoke Physician Network will host a two-part "Diabetes Survival Skills" workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 20 and Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in the Hospital Board Room. The free workshop offers basic diabetes management, healthy eating information and support for those with diabetes. One family member or caregiver is welcome to attend and a light meal will be provided. This program is open to the public and provides attendees with opportunities for discussion, support and interaction. The first session will discuss diabetes basics including blood sugar monitoring and the importance of maintaining diabetic health; the second session will focus on healthy eating. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call the Nanticoke Physician Network care coordinator at 752-8467.

Annual Paddle for a Cure On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 18, Coastal Kayak will hold their 15th Annual Paddle for a Cure, benefitting Delaware's Cancer Support Community. "Our programs help people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones cope with the emotions that accompany a cancer diagnosis and the difficult journey that follows," said Jo Allegro-Smith, Sussex County director. The event will launch in the late afternoon from the Ocean City commercial harbor. Coastal Kayak's professional guides will take participants through the harbor, alongside fishing boats, learning about the different methods commercial fisherman use to bring in their catch, to the north end of Assateague Island to enjoy the view just before sunset. A donation of $30 per person is requested in lieu of a registration fee. Space is limited and reservations are required; must be 13 years of age or older to participate. For more information, visit www.coastalkayak.com, call 302-539-7999, or email info@coastalkayak.com. All dollars will go directly to subsidize the free cancer support programs for residents of Sussex County. For more information on the Cancer Support Community, visit www.cancersupportdelaware.org.

Parkinson's Support Group Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and the Manor House, will hold a Parkinson's education and support group on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 9:30-11 a.m., at the Manor House in Seaford. The group is free and open to the public. This support group is not only helpful for the individual diagnosed with PD, but also for caregivers, friends and family. Group members welcome guest speakers on a variety of subjects related to PD and provide support to each other through other small group discussions. Studies show that support group sessions enhance the quality of life, help to alleviate stress, and may even boost the immune system. For more information, contact Tara at 629-6611, ext. 3838.

ALS walk to be held at Rehoboth Beach There will be a walk to defeat ALS on Sept. 10 at the Rehoboth Beach grandstand. Registration will take place at 8 a.m.and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m. The walk will be held in memory of St. Paul's pastor Donald Murray who passed away from ALS four years ago. Any questions or to make a donation, call 875-2713.

Women's empowerment conference The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) in conjunction with the Women of Wellness, LLC, will present the Total Woman's Conference: Empowering the Wise and Well Woman on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Delaware Technical Community College Campus in Georgetown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free, educational conference will offer women an overview on what it means to lead a healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on breast health, nutrition, exercise, financial fitness and stress management. The program will include workshops, lunch, and free health screenings. "To continue to break down barriers to treatment, care and information, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is committed to running programs that meet the needs of the populations we serve," said Migdalia Garduno, bilingual outreach and screening coordinator for the coalition. "Women who might be at risk for breast cancer can learn ways to decrease their risk at the conference and also walk away with some tips to live a healthier lifestyle." Research suggests that having a condition like diabetes, in addition to breast cancer, increases the risk of dying from the disease. Black women have a higher incidence of diabetes and other comorbidities such as hypertension that reduce survivorship. Space is limited and registration is required to attend the free workshop. Visit bit.ly/wiseandwell or call 302-778-1102 to register. For more information, contact Migdalia Garduno at mgarduno@debreastcancer.org or visit www.debreastcancer.org.

Stroke Support Group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a free stroke support group on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 1:30-3:30 p.m., at the Seaford Library & Cultural Center. This support group is designed for individuals who have survived a stroke as well as their families, friends, and caregivers. Meetings consist of guest speakers and breakaway sessions in which caregivers and stroke survivors meet in groups to discuss concerns, providing support and networking. Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call 629-6224.

DBCC plans fundraising walk The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) is preparing for the Seventh Annual "Monster Miles for a Cause" Walk at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 22. The untimed walk, which takes place during breast cancer awareness month, is a family friendly event. Attendees are encouraged to walk in honor or in memory of someone who has been impacted by breast cancer. The event includes food, vendors, and team prizes. Registration will begin at 8 am and the walk steps off at 10. To register, visit www.debreastcancer.org. Monster Miles will be held rain or shine and costs $20 per individual in advance and $25 for day-of registration. Individuals can also participate as part of a team. Children 12 and under can walk for free with an adult. New this year, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition will have a beer garden after the race along with a souvenir for each participant. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Michelle Marshall, DBCC event coordinator, at 302-593-9924 or mmarshall@debreastcancer.org. For more information about the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, call 866-312-DBCC (3222) or visit www.debreastcancer.org.

Easter Seals Walk is Oct. 16 Register your team for the fourth annual Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore "Walk With Me & Run For Us Delmarva" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, at Baywood Greens, 32267 Clubhouse Way, Long Neck. Delmarva's Walk With Me is an opportunity for families, friends, neighbors and colleagues to support services for families living with disabilities in our local community. Easter Seals directly serves more than 1,930 individuals with disabilities and their families in lower Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore. For the first time Easter Seals has added a 5k run to their annual Walk With Me event. For more information, visit www.races2run.com/events/delmarva. Registration is available online at www.walkwithme.org/delmarva or by contacting Linda Forte at 302-253-1100, ext. 1121 or lforte@esdel.org.