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Apr 17, 2014

DBCC to hold Nature Photography session April 21 at Prime Hook

Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition announces a nature photography session for breast cancer survivors at 3 p.m., Monday, April 21, at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Milton. This event is part of DBCC’s Nurture with Nature series, which allows breast cancer survivors to come together and experience nature and its therapeutic qualities. There is no cost for admission, but attendees must register by April 18. For more details, contact Beth Berger, communications director, at 302-778-1102, Ext. 14. Visit www.debreastcancer.org.

Workshop for Alzheimer's caregivers April 23

Heritage at Milford will host a free educational workshop from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, for those who face the challenges of being caregivers for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and/or other dementias. Topics include recognizing the symptoms, understanding behaviors, managing behaviors, engaging with loved ones and caring for oneself. Lunch will be provided, as well as a complimentary care packet of helpful information. Carol Bradley of Home Instead Senior Care, who has firsthand knowledge of the challenges, will be the facilitator. Space is very limited. RSVP to 302-422-8700. Heritage at Milford is at 500 South DuPont Blvd.

Holding Onto a Hopeful Heart April 29 at Cancer Support Community

The Cancer Support Community-Delaware will present Holding Onto A Hopeful Heart at 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 29.  Donna Strachan-Ledbetter, a pastoral psychotherapist with the Brandywine Pastoral Institute, will discuss the nature of hope and share creative ways to live hopefully with more peace. The Cancer Support Community is at 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Suite 312, Rehoboth. All classes at the Cancer Support Community are offered to people affected by cancer and their loved ones free of charge. Call 302-645-9150 to register for this program.

More information about the Cancer Support Community is available at www.cancersupportdelaware.org.

Ask the Doctor: ABC’s of Skin Cancer offered May 2 at CSC

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Join Dr. Chia-Chi Wang, DO and  surgical oncologist at 2 p.m., Friday, May 2, for an informative workshop discussing the ABC’s of skin cancer. Wang will provide an overview on skin cancer basics to include symptoms, risk factors, screening recommendations and risk reduction. Call 302-645-9150 in advance to register. All programs offered at CSC 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.

The Cancer Support Community is part of a national nonprofit organization that provides support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. More information about the Cancer Support Community is available at www.cancersupportdelaware.org.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group meets May 8 in Milton

Milton Wellness Center is hosting an Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group that meets at 1 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. Next meeting is May 8 at 113 Union St. Suite B, Milton, at which Jamie Magee, program coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter will be the guest speaker and will lead a discussion of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. All meetings are free and open to the public. For further information, contact Magee at 302-854-9788.

Delaware Hospice May 10: Remembering Mothers and Grandmothers

Delaware Hospice presents Remembering Mothers and Grandmothers from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 10, at the Delaware Hospice Family Support Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford.

Especially for adults who have lost a mother or grandmother, this workshop will include activities to facilitate remembering and honoring these individuals.  Education and support will also be provided, in a confidential, nonjudgmental, casual environment, with others who have experienced a similar loss. A continental breakfast will be offered.

Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved ones for the Remembrance Table.

There is no fee for this service which is provided as a community outreach by Delaware Hospice; however, registration is requested by Thursday, May 8, by contacting Michelle August at 800-838-9800 or maugust@delawarehospice.org. For more information about Delaware Hospice’s programs and services, upcoming events, or employment opportunities, call 800-838-9800 or visit www.delawarehospice.org.

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 www.marydelalanon.org.

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 kingdm30@gmail.com.

Mental Health Association is NIMH Outreach Partner for Delaware

The Mental Health Association in Delaware has been selected as the 2014 National Institute of Mental Health Outreach Partner for Delaware.  As the state’s NIMH outreach partner, MHA will disseminate NIMH research findings and science-based educational materials throughout Delaware and promote participation in NIMH and National Institutes of Health research.

“We are very excited to be chosen as the NIMH Outreach Partner for the state,” said Jim Lafferty, MHA executive director.  “As outreach partner, we are able to provide the most up-to-date information about mental health to individuals and their families living with a mental health condition.”  MHA has been NIMH’s Outreach Partner for Delaware for the past 12 years.

For more information on MHA’s services, call 1-800-287-6423 or go to www.mhainde.org for a comprehensive list of provisions and partners including NIMH.

Delaware Hospice invites volunteers to 2014 Festival of Trees Committee

Thanks to the support of volunteers statewide, last year’s Festival of Trees events held in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties, raised more than $100,000 for Delaware Hospice’s programs and services in the community.

As preparation for the 2014 Festival of Trees gets underway, Delaware Hospice invites new volunteers to get involved. Volunteer committees organize and manage the setup, entertainment, decorations, tree and wreath sales, children’s activities, hospitality, publicity, auctions and raffles.

As the only not-for-profit hospice in the state, Delaware Hospice provides its trademark quality care to ease the burden for patients and families thanks to the involvement of many generous individuals. Fundraising and volunteer efforts ensure that Delaware Hospice can offer its programs to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.

For more information, find a volunteer coordinator in the area by calling 800-838-9800 or going to www.delawarehospice.org.

Breast cancer organization opens applications for family retreats

Little Pink Houses of Hope, a national nonprofit organization, is starting its fourth year of programming to support breast cancer families by providing a beach retreat for 112 families from around the United States. The mission of LPHOH is to offer families living with breast cancer an opportunity to reconnect and celebrate life in a relaxing environment. Online applications are open at www.littlepink.org, for all retreats in 14 locations across the United States. LPHOH has a retreat scheduled in Bethany Beach the week of May 31- June 7.

LPHOH provides each family with a beach house, meals, programming and services completely free of charge. “We are thrilled to be welcomed with such a strong embrace from the communities that have become like family,” said founder Jeanine Patten-Coble.

For more information on how to apply, become involved with LPHOH, donate a beach house, make a financial contribution, or serve during the retreat week, contact info@littlepink.org or 336-213-4733.

Lewes Asthma Camp scheduled for July 14 to 18

St. Jude the Apostle Church, 152 Tulip Drive in Lewes, will host the Lewes Asthma Camp 2014 Monday to Friday, July 14 to 18. The American Lung Association partners each year with Beebe Healthcare and Delaware Technical Community College to offer the camp for children ages 7 to 11 with moderate to severe asthma. Students will learn about asthma triggers and discover tools to manage their asthma while participating in typical summer camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, arts, crafts and field trips.

Registration is $50, and scholarships are available.  Space is limited. Contact Nicole Goldsboro, program specialist, at 302-737-6414, Ext. 16 or email ngoldsboro@lunginfo.org.

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