Cape Gazette

Health Briefs

Jul 28, 2015

Delaware Hospice's next Lunch Bunch Lecture set Aug. 7

Life after Loss - Adjusting to Life Without a Loved One will be the topic of Delaware Hospice’s Lunch Bunch Lecture with Dr. Judy Pierson at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7. 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. While grief can be immobilizing, with time and support people must eventually find a way to re-embrace life. Those who have lost someone will always miss their loved one, but a time comes to write the next chapter of their lives. Attendees will find out what can help them find a new vision for their future, structure their days and adjust to life after loss.

Delaware Hospice Center is at 100 Patriots Way in Milford. Registration is required as seating capacity is limited. Lunch is $5 per person and takes place from 12 to 12:30 p.m. To register by Thursday, Aug. 6, contact Michele August at 302-746-4503 or email

Mobile Mammography Van to screen at CHEER Aug. 12 in Greenwood

The Delaware Division of Public Health’s Women’s Mobile Health Screening van will be stationed outside the CHEER Activity Center in Greenwood to provide mammography screenings by appointment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12. 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.

The WMHS van provides mobile mammography services to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women. Medicaid, Medicare and most health insurance are accepted. WMHS staff can help women apply for Screening for Life, a program of DPH that pays for the cost of a mammogram for eligible women, or find another program that can help cover the cost of a mammogram. Patients who have a problem with their breasts or have had breast cancer should not be screened on the van.

Early detection is the best way to increase cancer survival rates, and mammography screening is the best tool in use today to detect breast cancer early. The Delaware Cancer Consortium recommends screening annually beginning at age 40, depending on one’s family history. In 2014, DBCC performed 573 screening mammograms on the Women’s Mobile Health Screening van at 23 different sites throughout Delaware. Another 140 women were scheduled, transported and/or accompanied by DBCC for interpretation to partner sites for mammograms.

The van will be at the Greenwood CHEER Activity Center at 41 Schulze Road. To make an appointment, women need to obtain a prescription from their doctor. For more information about the Women’s Mobile Health Screening van, the van schedule or to make an appointment for a mammogram, call 1-888-672-9647.

Bereavement support to begin Aug. 13 at Lewes Senior Center

Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of Delaware will be holding a bereavement support group at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. The next session is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Aug. 13. The group will be held in the Wii Room. This bereavement support group is open to the community; no registration is required and attendance is free.

The group is facilitated by Anne Hansen, LCSW, ACHP-SW, from Seasons Hospice. Those who have experienced the death of a loved one may come as often as they would like as the group works through themes such as forgiveness, coping with emotions, normalizing grief, coping with holidays and anniversaries, and caring for oneself. The Cape Henlopen Senior Center is at 11 Christian St. in Rehoboth Beach. For more information, call 866-443-9856.

Cancer Support Community topic is exploring mortality Aug. 19

There are few places in society where people can get together and discuss the inevitable fact that all people are mortal. Sean Hebbel, LCSW, program director for the Cancer Support Community Delaware, will facilitate this lively discussion at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Sussex facility at 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Suite 312, Rehoboth. To reserve a spot, call 302-645-9150 in advance. All programs offered at Cancer Support Community are free of charge to people affected by cancer and their loved ones. For more information, go to

National Alliance on Mental Illness Delaware to offer fall programs

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Delaware is a statewide organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those affected by life-changing brain diseases.  This fall, NAMI Delaware will be offering the Family-to-Family Education Program and the Peer-to-Peer Education Program.

The Family-to-Family Education Program is a 12-week course for family and friends of individuals with mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Taught by trained NAMI Delaware members, this course provides caregivers with information about medications and strategies for handling their loved one’s mental illness.

Peer-to-Peer Education Program is a 10-week series of classes for any person with mental illness who is interested in establishing and maintaining wellness. This course is taught by teams of trained peer-teachers who are themselves experienced at living well with mental illness.

These courses are offered at no cost to participants and enrollment is limited. For more information or to sign up for the class, call NAMI Delaware at 1-888-427-2643.

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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