Cape Gazette

Health Briefs

Apr 17, 2015

Memory Cafe will have music and drum circle April 27 in Ocean View

Delaware Hospice's Memory Café will have music and a drum circle with Claudia Alessi of Oasis Wellness Spa from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday, April 27, at the Ocean View CHEER Center. Memory Café is open to the public and free of charge; however an RSVP is requested. Living with memory loss can be challenging, especially for caregivers. In addition to the many physical and emotional challenges, the caregiver is often unable or unwilling to leave his or her loved one, resulting in social isolation. Memory Café provides a safe environment for people with memory loss and their care partners to laugh, learn and be socially engaged with others who are traveling the same journey. This program is not an adult day care program, nor one that provides personal or medical care. The caregiver/family member is responsible for their loved one. For questions or directions, contact Yolanda Gallego at or 302-539-2671.

Incontinence management program offered at Aquacare Physical Therapy

Hannah Schoonover, PT, DPT, staff therapist at Millsboro's Aquacare Physical Therapy, is trained to offer physical therapy for patients with stress or urge incontinence. Urinary incontinence is defined as the involuntary loss of urine and can be managed therapeutically by utilizing surface EMG biofeedback, electrical stimulation, manual therapy and training in Kegel exercises.

An estimated 13 million Americans suffer from some form of incontinence every day, but innovations in therapy have made urinary incontinence much easier to treat. Still, millions of people continue to suffer the discomfort, inconvenience, and embarrassment of incontinence. It is estimated that fewer than one-half seek medical care for it. Physical therapy provides options to help gain control over incontinence.

For more information call Aquacare Physical Therapy's Millsboro office at 302-945-4250. These services are also available at the Aquacare Georgetown, Seaford, Lewes and Salisbury, Md. locations.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center announces entrance changes

Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., is now closing the entrances to Same Day Surgery and Labor and Delivery at 8:30 p.m. Those patients are directed to enter through the Emergency Department walk-in entrance. This change moves all incoming visitor and patient traffic through a single entrance into the medical center after 8:30 p.m. in an effort to make evening entry safer and parking more convenient after hours.

Delaware Hospice to host lunch bunch lecture May 1 in Milford

"Living Boldly - Become an Everyday Hero" will be the topic of Delaware Hospice’s lunch bunch lecture with Dr. Judy Pierson from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 1, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Lunch is at 12 p.m. and costs $5. Lunch bunch lectures are organized by Delaware Hospice’s Family Support Center to help members of the community reinvest in life and are open to the public. Fear of making mistakes or being judged by others keeps people from taking risks and living as fully as possible. This workshop will offer tools for managing fears so people can live boldly. Being a hero isn’t about achieving success every time, it’s about having the courage to try, learn from mistakes and start again. Registration is required as seating capacity is limited. Register by Thursday, April 30, by contacting Michele August at 302-746-4503 or email

"I Am" documentary is Delaware Hospice workshop topic May 1

The inspiring documentary "I Am" will be a workshop topic at Delaware Hospice with Dr. Judy Pierson from 2 to 5 p.m., Friday, May 1, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. After filmmaker Tom Shadyac, producer of "The Nutty Professor" and "Liar, Liar," had a serious accident, he decided to make a film of a very different nature. Realizing all his wealth didn’t bring happiness, he decided to explore how he individually and people as a race could improve life. He said, “We started out trying to answer what’s wrong with the world and ended up discovering what’s right with it.” Shadyac interviews Archbishop Desmond Tutu and scientists who provide evidence that people are interconnected with one another at a fundamental level. The presentation is free, but registration is required as seating capacity is limited. To register by Thursday, April 30, contact Michele August at 302-746-4503 or email

Bayhealth to offer free skin cancer screenings May 4 and May 8

The Centers for Disease Control has published statistics showing that Delaware is among 13 states in the nation that have the highest incidence of skin cancer, about 22.9 to 34.1 per 100,000. As part of its community outreach, Bayhealth will hold free skin cancer screenings in May. Screenings will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 4, at Bayhealth Cancer Center at Milford Memorial Hospital, 21 W. Clarke Ave. in Milford. Screenings will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Dermatology PA near Bayhealth Kent General, at 737 Queen St., Suite 1, in Dover, Friday, May 8. Getting screened for skin abnormalities can result in earlier cancer detection and better outcomes.

Skin screening is free, but preregistration is required. Call Jessica Hay at 302-430-5173 to register or learn more about Bayhealth’s screenings. To find a Bayhealth physician who provides related services, call 1-866-BAY-DOCS (1-866-229-3627). For more information about Bayhealth Cancer Centers, visit

Women's yoga and support for depression starts May 5 in Lewes

The Center for Mindful Change will hold a Woman's Yoga and Support Group for Depression and Anxiety from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays, May 5 through June 23. Sessions will take place at the new Wellness Center at 20268 Plantation Road in Lewes. The group will provide support and guidance, and offer new coping skills, mindfulness and meditation techniques, yoga sequences and breathing techniques to address depression and anxiety. The group facilitator, Kendall Kravchuk, LPCMH, will hold an informal meet and greet from 12 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, at the Wellness Center for those who have questions. The cost is covered by most insurance companies. Register by May 1 by calling 302-526-1603 or emailing

Bayhealth to offer Exploring Healthy Aging sessions May 6 and 20

Bayhealth’s Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery service lines will host information sessions on Exploring Healthy Aging: Focus on Movement Disorder from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, in the Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital board conference room, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, at Bayhealth Kent General. Exploring Healthy Aging is about promoting good health, preventing injury, and providing resources for the Delaware community. These events are free and open to the public. Bayhealth hopes to draw individuals affected by Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Both education sessions will feature a noon presentation by neurosurgeon Dunbar Alcindor, MD. Alcindor specializes in deep brain stimulation, movement disorders and other neurosurgical interventions, and treats patients at both the Dover office and the new office in Lewes. Board-certified neurologists Joel Rutenberg, MD, and Jay J. Dave, DO of CN-MRI will lead discussions on neurological impairments, movement disorders and local resources. Exploring Healthy Aging: Focus on Movement Disorders will include informative displays, free screenings, giveaways and door prizes, and refreshments. To find out more, call 302-744-7095 or visit

Certified nursing assistant class begins May 13 in Lewes

Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare is accepting applications for the Nursing Assistant Class which begins Wednesday, May 13. The instructional portion of the class will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Thursday on the Beebe Healthcare Campus. The clinical experience will take place from 6:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at a local, long-term-care facility beginning Monday, June 29. This course meets all the requirements for taking the examination to be certified as a nursing assistant in the state of Delaware.

The cost is $1,900, which includes the course and clinical fees, as well as textbook and the Nursing Assistant Certification Examination fee. Additional fees paid by the student are $69 for fingerprinting and $22 for the CPR certification. Students are responsible for the cost of uniforms. To be admitted to the program, one must have a high school diploma or GED, and have successfully completed an extensive background check and a drug screen. For more information or to register, call the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at 302-645-3251.

Delmarva Mended Hearts chapter celebrates 20 years

Mended Hearts of Delmarva members don’t change linens or take out sutures, but for the past two decades they have been removing a lot of worries and changing the outlook of cardiac patients facing crucial medical decisions at critical times of their lives.

The local chapter, with 42 members, in just the last decade has made over 12,000 in-person visits to approximately 7,000 cardiac patients and their families at Peninsula Regional’s Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute before or after cardiac surgery or other cardiac procedures. They don’t give medical advice or offer medical opinions, but their contributions can be just as important. Their mission is to “inspire hope in heart disease patients and their families” and to facilitate a positive patient-care experience.

The Delmarva Chapter celebrated its 20th anniversary with a gathering of members and friends at Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Hallowell Conference Center. “As heart patients themselves, they have the personal experience that they can draw on to help others,” said Pam Caldwell, director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. “They provide an invaluable service by helping people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after heart disease. Members listen and share with other heart patients their own experiences concerning issues they may have faced themselves like lifestyle changes, depression, recovery and treatment.”

For more information, call the PLUS Volunteer Services office at Peninsula Regional Medical Center at 410-543-7284 or go to

Bayhealth offers Hello Baby program for siblings May 28

Although the birth of a baby is a joyous occasion, it may be difficult for siblings to adjust to a new family member. Bayhealth offers Hello Baby, a special program designed to help children adjust to their new role in the family. The next class is at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 28. Classes are held in the Bayhealth Education Department, 208 W. Water St., Dover.

The one-hour program is open to children ages 3-6 so they can explore fears and feelings about having a new baby brother or sister at home. The program includes discussions about the new baby, a tour of Bayhealth’s Center for Women and Infants, and an opportunity to practice diapering a doll or stuffed animal toy.

The class, held once a month, is taught by a child life therapist. Children must be accompanied by a parent, and each child should bring a doll or stuffed animal. Registration is $5, and can be made by calling 302-744-7135 or by going to

Asthma camp set July 11, 12 at Children's Beach House in Lewes

Asthma camp provides an opportunity for children ages 7-11 years old with asthma to learn how to manage the disease in a safe and healthy environment. This year camp will be overnight from Saturday, July 11 to Sunday, July 12 at the Children’s Beach House in Lewes. Transportation is available for campers in Wilmington, Dover and Seaford areas. Contact Nicole Goldsboro, program specialist, at 302-737-6414, Ext. 516 or for more information.

Attack Addiction meets third Wednesday of each month in Lewes

Attack Addiction meets the third Wednesday of each month in Bethel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Lewes. The doors will open at 6:30 for fellowship, with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome to this proactive group whose goal is to educate and bring awareness of addiction as a disease, rather than the stigma that is suffered by the person with the disease and their loved ones. There will be a group leader at each meeting for those in need of support, while the remainder of the group works on ways to break through community denial of the existing heroin crisis which affects everyone in many ways.

With education and outreach, this group can make a difference. Meetings will be held the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. This group welcomes all people whose lives have been impacted by addiction. For more information contact Pauline Powell, 302-645-9545, email or go to

Overeaters Anonymous meets four times each week

Overeaters Anonymous holds local meetings in the Cape Region four times per week. Groups meet from 1 to 2 p.m., every Monday, at Conley's United Methodist Church, 33106 Jolyns Way, Lewes; from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach; from 5 to 6 p.m., Thursdays, at Long Neck United Methodist Church, 32051 Long Neck Road, Long Neck; and from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturdays, at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 20276 Bay Vista Road, Rehoboth Beach. For details, call Bonnie at 302-945-2815 or go to

Bayhealth hosts Al-Anon, Alateen

Bayhealth is hosting weekly Al-Anon and Alateen support group meetings at Bayhealth Kent General. The meetings will be at 9:30 a.m., Sundays in the General Foods Conference Rooms at Bayhealth Kent General, 640 S. State St., Dover.

Al-Anon and Alateen are free and open to anybody who has a friend or family member suffering from alcoholism.  The group provides fellowship and support, and helps members learn from other members who share similar experiences.  Al-Anon and Alateen also provide insight on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to ending alcohol and substance abuse.  Alateen focuses on young people ages 13 to 19 who are impacted by a family member’s abuse of alcohol.  For more information call 866-460-4070 or go to

HIV/AIDS support group meets

A support group for HIV/AIDS will meet every other week starting at 7 p.m. in the Branford Lounge at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach. It is sponsored by Epworth UMC, CAMP Rehoboth, AIDS Delaware and Delaware HIV Consortium. For more information, contact David at

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