Cape Gazette

Health Briefs

Oct 17, 2014

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 Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 20276 Bay Vista 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, also at the Lutheran church. For details, call Bonnie at 302-945-2815.

Registration now open for Oct. 18 Southern Delaware Heart Walk

Join Delaware residents for the signature fundraising event of the American Heart Association, the 23rd annual Sussex County Heart Walk 5K Saturday, Oct. 18, at Delaware Tech Community College Owens Campus in Georgetown. The Heart Walk is an exciting, fun-filled event that promotes walking as part of a healthy lifestyle. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the walk kicks off at 10. For more information or to register, call 302-286-5723, email or register at

Bayhealth offers knee & hip arthritis forum Oct. 22

Trinity Pilkington, MD, will talk about how he helps people suffering from joint pain get back to their active lives sooner with special focus about the muscle-sparing anterior approach to hip replacements. 

Attendees can learn about the latest treatments, hear patient testimonials, see advanced implant models, and ask questions in a friendly environment. 

The forum is set for 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22,  in the Conference Room at Bayhealth Milford Memorial, 21 West Clarke Ave., Milford. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. 

Preregistration is required. For more information, call Julie MacNeill at 302-674-3970. Ext. 7920 or email

Pilkington is an orthopaedic surgeon at Bayhealth Orthopaedics with offices in Dover, Milford and Smyrna. He is one of only a few surgeons in mid and southern Delaware to offer the anterior approach to the hip. He has performed more than 300 of these procedures.

Free informational program on bariatric surgery Oct. 22

The Bayhealth Bariatric Program will offer a free seminar presented by Rahul Singh, MD, from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22 in Bayhealth Kent General Hospital’s General Foods Conference Rooms 1 and 2.

Those who attend will learn more about Bayhealth’s Bariatric Program, including the laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery (LAP-BAND), the Laparoscopic Roux en Y Gastric Bypass, and the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. They will find out about the risks, benefits and outcomes; meet the surgeons and staff of the bariatric program, ask them any questions and see if they meet the criteria for bariatric surgery.

Register for this free seminar by calling the Bayhealth Bariatric Office at (302) 430-5454 or by visiting www.

Bayhealth Auxiliary of Milford hosts Country BBQ and Auction Oct. 25

The Bayhealth Auxiliary of Milford Memorial Hospital will sponsor the Third Annual Country Barbecue and Auction from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Milford Senior Center in Milford. The event will feature Chinese and silent auctions. Live entertainment will be provided by The Hubcaps, and a delicious dinner will be catered by Troops Barbecue and Catering.

The auxiliary will donate proceeds from the event to the capital campaign for the replacement facility at Milford Memorial.

“We are so excited about this year’s event and the chance to raise important funds for the hospital,” said Auxiliary BBQ Chair Cynthia Jones, event organizer. “We have a great committee that works so hard together to make this a wonderful event.”

Tickets are $35 each. To purchase, call Cynthia Jones at 302-270-1842. For questions, email Cynthia at

Delaware Hospice holds a Grief Retreat Oct. 25

Delaware Hospice’s Family Support Center will hold a Grief Retreat for adults who have experienced a loss from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford.

Dr. Judy Pierson, licensed clinical psychologist, will facilitate the Grief Retreat, leading discussions on topics such as what to expect when grieving, accessing and expressing feelings of loss, soothing and caring for self, educating one's support network, and honoring loved ones.

There is no charge for this Delaware Hospice community outreach program. However, lunch is available for a $5 fee.

Registration is required as space is limited. Register by contacting Michelle August at 800-838-9800 or

Paddle for a Cure Oct. 26 at Trussum Pond

Coastal Kayak is organizing its14th Annual Paddle for a Cure benefiting the American Cancer Society. This year’s very casual get-together paddle will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26, at Trussum Pond near Laurel. There is no set trail or route through Trussum Pond, but it is a beautiful spot to enjoy the fall colors of the bald cypress trees and possibly spot some bald eagles while meandering through the tranquil water.

Participants may bring their own kayaks or borrow one for free with advance registration. Donations will be accepted in lieu of a registration fee. Checks can be made out to the American Cancer Society. There is also a state park parking fee at Trussum Pond which participants would be responsible for.

Paddlers may gather at Abbott's on Broad Creek, 300 Delaware Ave., Laurel after the paddle for a la carte lunch and door prizes.

Register in advance via email to or call 302-539-7999.

Memory Café Oct. 27 at Ocean View CHEER Center

Memory Café, for people with memory loss and their caregivers, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Monday, Oct. 27, at Ocean View CHEER Center.

This month's meeting celebrates Halloween. Get in the spirit of the season by wearing a costume or bringing a treat to share. There will also be pumpkin decorating and games.

Memory Café is open to the public and free of charge, but an RSVP is requested. Memory Café is organized by CHEER, Delaware Hospice, and the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. This program is not an adult day 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.

Workshop on adjuvant hormonal therapy Oct. 27 at CSC

Elizabeth Wilson, nurse practitioner from the Tunnell Cancer Center, will address some of the many questions about adjuvant hormonal therapy at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27. The most basic meaning to adjuvant is “giving additional support.” Adjuvant therapy is given after the main treatment to reduce the chance of breast cancer reoccurrence. Many women with breast cancer question the need for hormonal therapy and have questions about the side effects of varied therapies. Call 302-645-9150 in advance to reserve a spot. All programs offered at Cancer Support Community are free of charge to people affected by cancer and their loved ones. The Sussex facility is at 18947 John J. Williams Highway. Suite 312, Rehoboth. More information about the Cancer Support Community is available at

Healthy Fair for Halloween Oct. 31

The CHEER Coastal Leisure Center is hosting a live Healthy Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday Oct. 31. This event is free and open to the public. The fair will have a variety of vendors, blood pressure checks, glucose screenings, flu shots, demonstrations of tai chi, yoga, Sit & Fit, and Healthy Cooking, along with a presentation about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Healthy appetizers will be provided with  lunch available for purchase and door prize drawings at 12:30.

For more information or schedule contact Yolanda at 302-539-2671. CHEER Coastal Leisure Center is at 30637 Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View in the Cedar Bay development.

Grief Workshop and Labyrinth Walk to take place Nov. 1

Delaware Hospice, the Milton Wellness Center and the Delaware Grief Awareness Consortium will present A Grief Workshop and Labyrinth Walk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, at Milford Public Library, 11 SE Front St., Milford.

These events have been organized to commemorate Grief Awareness Week. Anyone coping with a loss or supporting a grieving family member or friend is welcome to attend this free event. Found in numerous cultures around the world for thousands of years, the labyrinth is a symbol for life’s journey.

For registration or more information, contact Midge DiNatale, Delaware Hospice bereavement counselor, at 302-300-2179 or, or Mary Van House, MS, Milton Wellness Center, at 302-542-8878 or

Heritage at Milford to host Alzheimer's workshop Nov. 5

Heritage at Milford Senior Living will host the Alzheimer’s Association program “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease” Wednesday, Nov. 5.  This program provides information on detection, causes, and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatments, and much more.  It will begin at 6 p.m. and is hosted by Heritage at Milford Senior Living, 500 South DuPont Blvd., Milford. RSVP by Nov. 1 at 302-422-8700.

Bereavement counselor presents Grief 101 Nov. 5

Anyone coping with a loss is welcome to attend a presentation, Grief 101,from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Lewes Public Library offered by Beebe Healthcare Integrative Health Department. Midge DiNatale, bereavement counselor with Delaware Hospice, will be the speaker.

The session is free and is open to the public, registration is required; call 302-645-3538.

For details, call 800-838-9800 or visit

Lung Force Walk Nov. 16 in Rehoboth

The American Lung Association invites the community to participate in the Lung Force Walk scheduled for 9 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. The event is set up to raise awareness of lung cancer, COPD, asthma and other lung diseases. There is no fundraising minimum to participate, but a donation is suggested. Walkers who raise $100 or more will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Interactive and educational exhibits, family-friendly activities, a 2.1-mile walk, a vocal contest and a dog competition will highlight the day. For more information, go to

Brain injury support group to meet

The Sussex County brain injury support group will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company on Route 26. For information, call facilitators Beverly and Ed Bell at 302-537-9016.

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

DPH confirms Delaware's first case of flu for 2014-15 season

Delaware's Division of Public Health reports the state's first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza for the 2014-15 flu season. The case involves a 2-year-old resident of Sussex County who was not hospitalized. There are two main types of influenza (flu) virus - types A and B - that routinely spread in people and are responsible for seasonal flu outbreaks each year. Delaware’s first case is an influenza A strain.

DPH urges all Delawareans 6 months of age and older who have not yet been vaccinated against the flu to get a vaccination as soon as possible. DPH's "Get It" campaign especially encourages healthy 19-49-year-olds ,who often skip the flu shot, to get vaccinated. For DPH flu clinic schedules this season, go to

For more information on influenza prevention, diagnosis and treatment call DPH at 888-295-5156 or 302-744-4990, or visit

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