Cape Gazette

Health Briefs

Aug 21, 2015

Trash the Dress Photoshoot set Sept. 4 at Cape Henlopen State Park

Charity Trash the Dress Photoshoot is an event set for 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, at the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park to benefit the Lung Cancer Alliance and also to donate prom dresses to girls who can't afford them. Ladies will go into the ocean to trash their dresses and model for a photographer named Sam Ellis. Afterward, the dresses will be dry-cleaned and donated to Cinderella's Closet, an organization that provides formal wear to girls who might not otherwise afford to attend their prom. Photoshoot participants will pay $50 to take part in this event. All proceeds go to the Lung Cancer Alliance. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death. Screening for lung cancer with low-dose lung CT scans has been proven to detect more early-stage cancers and decrease deaths from lung cancer. For more information, call Bethany Wheatley at 443-359-9951.

Six-week grief support group starts Sept. 14 in Rehoboth

Delaware Hospice will present a six-week grief support group, Grief Support Group: Grief 101: Healing After the Death of a Loved One, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 14 through Oct. 26  at the Cancer Support Community office in Rehoboth. The group will not meet Monday, Oct. 12. This six-week grief support group is open to individuals who have lost a loved one. The group offers an opportunity to share and talk to others who are on a similar grief journey. Education is provided on various topics including coping methods. The Cancer Support Community office is at 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Rehoboth. To register or to learn about other support groups at Delaware Hospice, contact bereavement counselor Midge DiNatale, BA, GC-C at 302-856-7717, Ext. 4120 or email For more information, go to

DelMed sets free health and screening fair Sept. 19 in Rehoboth

DelMed Health and the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition announce that the Fifth Annual DelMed Health Fair will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19. The free health and screening fair will be held at Epworth United Methodist Church on Holland Glade Road in Rehoboth.

This free health event is sponsored by DelMed Health in partnership with the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. There will be free screenings including bone density, clinical breast exams, eye exams, blood pressure checks, cholesterol, diabetes checks and BMI screening. There will also be an Ask the Doctor corner with the opportunity for attendees to ask the physician questions in person, free of charge. Beebe Health Care will also be providing free flu shots and screenings.

Attendees are encouraged to come early to visit all the screening, retail and craft vendors. Raffles will be drawn every 15 minutes and the grand prize is a 40-inch flat screen television. For more information, call DelMed Health at 302-644-9080.


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

Bereavement support meets second and fourth Tuesdays in Rehoboth

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

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