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Health Briefs

May 22, 2015

Support group on surviving the loss of a child starts May 26

Delaware Hospice will hold a six-week support group on surviving the loss of a child from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays starting May 26 and running through June 30 at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Milton. This six-week support group is open to parents or grandparents who are grieving the loss of a school-age through adult child. The group is facilitated by Midge DiNatale, GC-C, a bereavement counselor who has lost a child of her own. She is able to provide personal understanding to the magnitude of the participants’ loss. Each session will provide an opportunity for attendees to share their loss and learn helpful ways to cope with their grief. For registration or more information, contact DiNatale at 302-746-4740 or mdinatale@delawarehospice.org.

Bayhealth offers Hello Baby program for siblings May 28

Although the birth of a baby is a joyous occasion, it may be difficult for siblings to adjust to a new family member. Bayhealth offers Hello Baby, a special program designed to help children adjust to their new role in the family. The next class is at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 28. Classes are held in the Bayhealth Education Department, 208 W. Water St., Dover.

The one-hour program is open to children ages 3-6 so they can explore fears and feelings about having a new baby brother or sister at home. The program includes discussions about the new baby, a tour of Bayhealth’s Center for Women and Infants, and an opportunity to practice diapering a doll or stuffed animal toy.

The class, held once a month, is taught by a child life therapist. Children must be accompanied by a parent, and each child should bring a doll or stuffed animal. Registration is $5, and can be made by calling 302-744-7135 or by going to www.bayhealth.org/classes.

Urinary incontinence and treatment lecture set May 28 in Millsboro

Aquacare Physical Therapy will host a free educational lecture on urinary incontinence and treatment at 5:30 p.m.,Thursday, May 28, at its Millsboro office. The lecture will be provided by Hannah Schoonover,  DPT, and will focus on education and prevention of involuntary urine loss for men and women of all ages. She will present body mechanics, lifestyle habits and the use of exercises to help prevent and treat urinary incontinence.

The program will teach patients how to do Kegel exercises correctly. Included is general education on incontinence, treatment options, and instruction on strengthening of the pelvic floor musculature. This educational program is a cost-effective way to treat patients with mild incontinence. The office is at 26744 John J. Williams Highway, Suite 6, Millsboro. To reserve a spot, stop by the clinic or call 302-945-4250.

Expressive arts session set May 29 at in Milton

A free expressive arts session will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 29, at Shoreview Personalized Medicine, Dr. Uday Jani’s office, 28312 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Milton. M.E. Edge, LCSW, a hospice social worker, and Eileen Wilkinson, WELLarts facilitator, will present a fun, hands-on, 75-minute workshop that will help participants come home to themselves. Each participant will create a collage which helps express what may be happening beneath the surface. Participants will discover ways of unleashing ideas and open new personal paths. No previous art experience is required for this relaxing, mindful activity. Call 302-684-0990 to register; go to www.udayjanimd.com.

Sharee’s Fashions sets Karla’s Courage Cancer Benefit June 6

Sharee’s Fashions will present a Karla’s Courage Cancer Benefit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 6, at 168 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach. This special event will honor the life of Karla Franchock, Sharee’s longtime friend who lost her cancer battle in January. All proceeds from the Chinese auction, as well as a percentage of Sharee’s Saturday sales will be donated to the Cancer Support Community in Sussex County. Cancer Support Community offers free programming and emotional support for people who are affected by cancer. Sharee’s Fashions honors Karla by inviting everyone to shop, one of Karla’s favorite pastimes, and help friends and neighbors who are coping with cancer. For more information, go to www.cancersupportdelaware.org.

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 ngoldsboro@lunginfo.org 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 attackaddictionsussexde@comcast.net or go to www.attackaddiction.com.

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 oa.org.

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.

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