Health
Thursday, March 30, 2017
 
Stroke Caregiver Support Group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a stroke caregiver support group on Tuesday, April 13 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the Seaford Library & Cultural Center. This support group is designed for caregivers of individuals who have survived a stroke. This free one-hour support group allows stroke caregivers to meet in groups to discuss concerns, providing support and networking in order to make daily routines easier. Pre-registration is not required and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services at 629-6224. To learn more about Nanticokes stroke program, visit www.nanticoke.org/stroke.

Diabetes Coalition scholarships The Delaware Diabetes Coalition in collaboration with the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is accepting scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 school year, from high school seniors who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The scholarship program provides much-needed financial assistance to youth living with this chronic disease. Eligible applicants must be residents of Delaware, enrolled as high school seniors, have diabetes, a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and plan to pursue education in an accredited higher education program. The student is required to write a 500-word essay entitled: How Diabetes Has Impacted My Life Choices. Two letters of support from non-family members are also required. Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually. The scholarship is payable to the institution the student will be attending. The deadline for applications is May 1. Notification of awards will be made no later than June 15. Submit all documents by email to info@dediabetescoalition.org; call 302-388-9728 with any questions. For application criteria, procedures and the application form, visit www.dediabetescoalition.org.

Diabetes education program Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on April 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Learn the self-care skills you need to keep yourself 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. The cost of the program may be reimbursable by insurance. To register or for more information, contact Nanticokes Diabetes Education Department at 629-6611, ext. 2446.

DAPI Daughters Day The Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc. (DAPI), a guiding force in the community to academically serve pregnant and parenting teen girls, will host DAPI Daughters Empowerment Breakfast on Thursday, April 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Cheer Community Center, 20520 Sandhill Rd., Georgetown. Admission for the breakfast is free, with an opportunity to share and support activities and programing offered in Sussex County. Call the center at 297-0370 for ticket information. The event will feature student success stories, an alumni statement and a keynote address from Sandi M. Hagans, program manager for First State Community Action. The annual breakfast is an opportunity to connect the community with our DAPI Daughters and create an environment of success for them to excel.

Amazing things can happen when we work together to support young mothers and families, said center director, Kimberly Trivits.

Childbirth classes at Nanticoke Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Thursday for a total of five weeks - four weeks related to childbirth education and a breastfeeding class the fifth week. Dates include: March 30, April 6, 13, 20, and 27; May 18, 25, June 1, 8, and 15; July 6, 13, 20, 27, and Aug. 3; Aug. 31, Sept. 7, 14, 21, and 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, and Nov. 2; and Nov. 14, 21, 28, Dec. 5, and 12 (Tuesdays). 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 cover pregnancy in general, information to prepare the expectant mother for labor and delivery, and will include a tour of Nanticokes Mother & Baby Care Center. 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 Center. The cost of the childbirth course is $50, and the cost for the refresher course is $25. Mothers are encouraged to bring their partner or support person for all courses. Pre-registration is required for either class. To register or for more information, call 629-6611, ext. 2540.

Bariatric support group Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts bariatric support groups the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 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. 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 in April will be held on Tuesday, April 4 and Monday, April 24. Support group meetings will 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.

Balance classes offered Are you afraid of falling? Sussex County Volunteer Delaware 50+ will conduct A Matter of Balance classes once a week for eight weeks on Fridays from April 21 to June 9, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Cancer Support Community, 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Ste. 312 (Medical Arts Building), Rehoboth Beach. A Matter of Balance is an evidence-based program designed to help older adults manage their fear of falling and increase their activity levels. Home safety tips and exercises will be offered. This free program is open to the community. Registration is required and classes fill quickly. For more information or to register, call 302-515-3020.