Health
Thursday, March 29, 2018
 
Stroke Caregiver Support Group

Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services will host a stroke caregiver support group on Thursday, April 12 from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center.
This free support group is designed for caregivers of individuals who have survived a stroke. The 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.

Community Health Day

The community is invited to join us on Saturday, April 28, for the third annual Community Health Day.ÊThe event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at North Bedford Street Park in Georgetown.
Attendees will enjoy Zumba, basketball and soccer, complimentary health screenings, tobacco-prevention activities, a nutrition station, healthy food, face painting, music, games and more.There will also be giveaways and the opportunity to learn about available resources in the community.
This event is sponsored by First State Community Action Agency in partnership Georgetown Boys& Girls Club and Kent Sussex Community Services.
For more information, contact Sandi Hagans at 302-245-6267 or Renee Hickman at 302-256-4903.

Kidney Walk is April 29

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland Serving Maryland and Delaware will hold its 10th annual Southern Delaware Kidney Walk, Sunday, April 29, at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.
More than 600 people are expected to step up to raise awareness of kidney disease, organ donation and the importance of early screening and healthy lifestyle for those at risk. Approximately 2,175 Delawareans are on dialysis and more than 400 Delawareans are on the organ transplant waiting list. With the increase in diabetes and high blood pressure, the numbers continue to climb.
Check in begins at 10 a.m. at the Picnic Pavilion. Following a brief ceremony emceed by WBOC-TV Sussex County Bureau Chief Madeleine Overturf, the walk kicks off at 11 a.m. Participants can choose from a 3-mile route or a shorter, patient-friendly route for strollers and wheelchairs.
The event also features entertainment, refreshments, a petting zoo, photo booth, interactive vendor booths and the Kidney Kids Corner with face painting and games.
Funds raised through Kidney Walk will directly support NKF's local patient services, education and research efforts. Participation is free, but donations are encouraged.
For online registration, visit www.kidneywalk.org. To learn about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, call 410-726-8732 to speak with Nicole Scharf, NKF's associate executive director for the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Southern Delaware.

Diabetes education program

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on April 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required.
As a person with diabetes, Nanticoke can 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.ÊOne family member or significant other is welcome to attend. The cost of the program may be reimbursable by insurance.
To register or for more information about this course, contact Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Department at 629-6611, ext. 2288.

Alzheimer's programs offered

The Caregiver Resource Center at the Modern Maturity Center located at 1121 Forrest Ave., Dover, is offering a series of educational programs presented by Jamie Magee, coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association.
The following free programs are being offered: Wednesday, April 11, 10-11:30 a.m. - 'Effective Communication Strategies.' Register by April 6.
Wednesday, May 16, 10Ð11:30 a.m. - 'Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors.' Register by May 11.
To register, call 800-272-3900 or email Sharon Jarnette at sjarnette@alz.org.

Childbirth classes

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital hosts childbirth classes on Thursdays 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.
2018 dates: March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 16, 24, 31, June 7, 14; July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2; Aug. 30, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1; *Nov. 13, 20, 27, Dec. 4, 11 (*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 Nanticoke's Mother & Baby Care Center.
A refresher course is also available for those who have previously taken childbirth classes.
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.

Statewide Walk for Autism is April 14

Autism Delaware has announced that the statewide Walk for Autism starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. The Wilmington walk takes place April 21 in Fox Point State Park.
The event coordinators hope to attract 3,000 walkers and to raise $250,000 for Autism Delaware's programs and services.
A celebration as well as a fundraiser, Autism Delaware's Walk for Autism also runs a fun zone where children can enjoy hands-on crafts. And next door to the fun zone, the newest and latest in products and services are on display especially for individuals and families affected by autism. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase food from food trucks that will be open for business.
For more information, to register, or to sponsor the Walk for Autism, visit AutismDelaware.org. To volunteer, call 302-224-6020, or send an email to volunteers@delautism.org.