Cape Gazette

Health Briefs

Jun 22, 2015
Source: Submitted Vincent J. Varrassi

Monthly support group for dads of autistic children to meet June 25

Professional educator and author Vincent J. Varrassi, MA, LDT-C, of Milton, moderates a free support group for dads of children with autism once a month. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m.,Thursday, June 25, at Autism Delaware’s Lewes office, 17517 Nassau Commons Blvd. Dads who are interested should contact Dafne or Gail at Autism Delaware by calling 302-644-3410.

Epic Health Services to celebrate ribbon cutting June 23 in Milford

Epic Health Services Inc., a portfolio company of Webster Capital and Dallas-based provider of pediatric skilled nursing and therapy, will celebrate the official grand opening of its new location in Milford with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12 p.m., June 23. Expected attendees include Mayor Bryan Shupe, representatives from the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford, community members and Epic employees. “Our new location will allow us to provide care to even more people that need our services,” said Bobby Jones, executive director. “We invite all members of the community to join us at this ceremony to celebrate this special occasion.” Epic Health Services is opening at 991 N. DuPont Blvd.
 in Milford.For more information, go to

CAMP Rehoboth to offer extended hours for free HIV testing June 25

As part of National HIV Testing Day, CAMP Rehoboth will offer free HIV testing during the week of June 23.  CAMP Rehoboth will offer extended hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 25. The testing is fast and easy. Participants will get their results in less than 30 minutes.

It is recommended that individuals who have engaged in behaviors that increase risk of HIV infection get tested every three months. These behaviors include unprotected sex, multiple sex partners, drug use and sharing needles. Knowing one's own status is a key component of preventing the spread of HIV. Individuals who know their own status and have an undetectable viral load are 96 percent less likely to transmit HIV to others. Early detection and treatment also greatly improve a person’s chances of staying healthy longer.

There are many barriers to HIV testing. Often people do not get tested because they do not believe they are at risk. Discrimination, homophobia and stigma play a role in not getting tested and seeking treatment. Fear of not wanting to know the truth of a positive status is also a barrier. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in five people living with HIV do not know they have it. To find an HIV testing location, go to

Memory Café picnic set June 22 in Ocean View

Delaware Hospice, the Ocean View CHEER Center and the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will host a Memory Café outdoor picnic from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday, June 22, at the John T. West Park just three blocks from the Ocean View CHEER Center. Memory Café is open to the public and free of charge. An RSVP is requested as each guest is asked to bring a dish to share.

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 more information or directions, contact Yolanda Gallego at or 302-539-2671.

Women's Mobile Health to offer mammography screenings June 18

The Delaware Division of Public Health’s Women’s Mobile Health Screening van will be stationed outside the Tanger Outlets Surfside in Rehoboth Beach to provide mammography screenings by appointment Thursday, June 18. DPH provides funding to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition to operate and staff the year-round efforts of the mammography van in partnership with Beebe Medical Center. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Women must obtain a prescription from their doctor, then schedule an appointment at 1-888-672-9647.

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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