Childbirth Classes Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will offer childbirth classes on Thursdays, Nov. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet for five weeks four weeks related to childbirth education and the fifth week will be a breastfeeding class. The maternity education classes are designed to offer information, counseling, support, and hands-on experience to help prepare for a new family member. They will include a tour of Nanticoke Memorial Hospitals Mother Baby Care Unit. A refresher course is also available for those who have previously taken childbirth classes. The refresher class covers breathing techniques, signs, symptoms, and stages of labor, birthing options, and a tour of Nanticokes Mother Baby Care Unit. The cost of the childbirth course is $50, and the refresher course is $25. Mothers are encouraged to bring their partner or support person for all courses. Advance registration is required for either class. To register, or for more information, contact Nanticokes Maternal Child Health clinical educator at 629-6611, ext. 2540.
Dr. Ahmed joins Nanticoke The Nanticoke Physician Network welcomes Waseem Ahmed, MD to its active medical staff. Dr. Ahmed is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology and is accepting new patients ages 18 and up at Nanticoke Physician Network Nephrology in Bridgeville. Dr. Ahmed received his bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (MBBS) from the Dow Medical College in Pakistan. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago, Ill., and his fellowship in nephrology at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. His professional memberships include the American Society of Nephrology, the National Kidney Foundation, the American College of Physicians and the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. He is fluent in English, Urdu and Hindi.
Parkinsons Support Group Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and the Manor House, will hold a Parkinsons education and support group on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at the Manor House in Seaford. This support group is free and open to the public. Participating in education/support groups is essential for coping with an illness such as PD or other disorders that impair bodily movement. 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. Tara Trout, LPN at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, co-facilitates the group with Kathy Landis, caregiver resource coordinator at CHEER in Sussex County. For more information, contact Tara at 629-6611, ext. 3838.
Stroke Support Group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a stroke support group on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 1:30 to 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 consists 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 this free support group. For more information, call 629-6224.
Alzheimers program Cadbury at Lewes will host Healthy Living for your Brain and Body, a program presented by Jamie Magee, program coordinator for the Alzheimers Association Delaware Valley Chapter, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. There will be an emphasis on caregiver stress and research-based recommendations for taking care of our brains and bodies in order to age as well as possible. This program is free and open to the public. There will be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. For more information, contact Magee at 302-854-9788.
Annual Dementia Conference TheAlzheimers Association Delaware Valley Chapter invites family and professional caregivers for people living with Alzheimers or a related disorder to register for its Annual Delaware Dementia Conference, Sharing the Journey, which takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Dover Downs Hotel & Conference Center.
In addition to sponsors and vendors, family and professionalcaregivers will have an opportunity to meet and share their experiences while learning tips and tools from one another and Alzheimers and dementia care experts. Keynote speaker will be Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, M.A., therapist, dharma teacher, and award-winning author, who will present Joys & Sorrows: Spiritual Perspectives on Living with Alzheimers. There will also be several breakout sessions. Register online at act.alz.org/2016DEconference or call the Delaware Valley Chapters free 24/7Helpline, 800-272-3900. Thelast day to register by mail is Nov. 8, however, online and telephone registration will be available until Nov. 11.
DBCC presents free retreat The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) will present a free, empowering all-day retreat on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Lewes Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference will offer naturopathic tools for breast cancer risk reduction presented by Kim. D. Furtado, N.D., an expert in herbal medicine, nutrition, detoxification, and hormone balancing. Some of the topics to be explored include lab work to access breast cancer risk, nutrition and exercise, lifestyle factors, stress reduction, environmental and chemical endocrine disrupters, and risk reduction for recurrence. This program is open to the public, not just breast cancer survivors. Lunch will be provided. People interested in attending should contact Connie Holdridge at 302-644-6844 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Flu shot clinics The Delaware Division of Public Health will hold seasonal flu shot clinics which are intended for those ages nine and older who have no healthcare provider or whose insurance does not cover flu vaccinations. If you have Medicaid or Medicare, your insurance will be billed accordingly; please bring your insurance card at the time of your visit. Donations will be accepted for all others that do not have Medicare or Medicaid. Walk-in clinics will be held on the following dates: Thursday, Nov. 3 - Selbyville Public Library - 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 - Frankford Public Library - 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 - Iglesia Betel UMC - 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 - Blades Fire Hall - 4-6:30 p.m.
Annual Tributes awards dinner Nanticoke Health Services will hold its 12th Annual Tributes for Healthcare Leadership awards dinner on Friday, Nov. 11 from 6-9 p.m., at Heritage Shores Clubhouse in Bridgeville. This years celebration will honor Nanticoke Memorial Hospitals 65th year of service to the community. Nanticoke Memorial was dedicated on Nov. 11, 1951, in honor of those who served our country in World War II. The Charles C. Allen, Jr. in Philanthropy Award will be presented to Kent T. Peterson of Seaford. Peterson served as a member of the Nanticoke Health Services Board of Directors and four years as chair. He has dedicated his life to the Seaford community through his philanthropic support and commitment to numerous service organizations. Most recently, Peterson and his wife served as campaign chairs for a $5 million dollar expansion project for Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Thomas R. Mullen, DMD, of Seaford, will be inducted into The Physician Hall of Fame. For more information and reservations, call 536-5390 or email FioriC@nanticoke.org.
Diabetes education program Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes education program, The Diabetes Connection, on Nov. 2, 9, 16, and 30 from 5-7 p.m. The cost of the program may be reimbursable by insurance. The four-session program features 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 additional information, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospitals Diabetes Education Department at 629-6611, ext. 2446. Nanticoke Physician Network to host Bariatric Support Group Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery will host bariatric support groups on Monday, Nov. 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. 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.