Health
Thursday, October 7th. 1999
CPR certification classes at Delaware Tech
This fall, Delaware Tech offers certification courses in special CPR techniques as well as its regular schedule of CPR classes.
• Heartsave Plus and Pediatric BLS Plus are designed for lay people (daycare providers, lifeguards, charter boat captains, etc.) whose job requires a written evaluation and course completion card for certification of CPR skills.
• Heartsaver (adult only) - Nov. 9 - teaches adult one-rescuer CPR with choking;
• Heartsaver Adult & Peds - Oct. 19 or Nov. 23 - teaches adult and pediatric CPR with choking.
• Heartsaver Plus - Oct. 19 or Nov. 23- teaches the same content as the Adult & Peds course plus information about the use of face shields or barrier devices during CPR.
• Pediatric BLS - Oct. 12, Nov. 16, or Dec. 7 - covers infant/child CPR with choking with emphasis on safe environment and prevention.
• Pediatric BLS Plus - Oct. 12, Nov. 16, or Dec. 7 - teaches about the use of barrier devices during CPR.
For more information about these and other Health Institute courses, contact Corporate & Community Programs at (302) 854-6966.

Night-at-the-Races Oct. 27 sponsored by NHS Auxiliary
The Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary will be offering "Night-at-the-Races" on Oct. 27, at Harrington Raceway. The clubhouse will open at 5 pm and post-time is 5:45 pm. There will be 13 races for trotters and pacers, horses owned and bred by Delaware residents and a race featuring the auxiliary as the sponsor. Tickets are available for $15 per person which include an ala carte dinner. Wagering for each race will be offered at the participant's table and in the betting area located adjacent to the clubhouse.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the hospital at 302-626-6611, ext. 2402 or auxiliary members Nancy Cook (629-8503) and Judi Thoroughgood (934-8215).

Fibromyalgia Support Group meets Oct. 12
The Sussex Fibromyalgia Support Group will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in the Medical Staff Conference Room.
Judith Pugh, Extension Educator from Cecil Copunty, Md., will present a program on the importance of laughter in improving health entitled, "Laughing Matters." The Public is invited.
For more information, contact Chris Bauer at 629-6611.

Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary meeting Oct. 13
The regular meeting of the Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary will be Wednesday, Oct. 13. This will be a coffee at 10 a.m. at the Seaford Golf and Country Club and cost $1.50. Dr. Ken Smith will be the guest speaker. Dr. Smith will talk about Diabetes. Anyone interested in becoming a Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary member is invited to attend the meeting.

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital flu shots Oct. 30 & Nov. 10
Flu season is approaching and it's now the time to get flu shots. Influenza is a serious disease that affects many people, especially the elderly and those with serious, long-term health problems.
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will be offering flu shots to the public on Saturday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., located in the Community Room of the hospital. The cost of the vaccination will be $5. The vaccine is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.
The influenza vaccine is recommended especially for elderly and high-risk individuals. Healthy working adults may also benefit from the influenza vaccine and vaccination of children may assist in the preventing of influenza spread throughout the household.
Large outbreaks of influenza usually do not occur before December in the USA and reach a peak between late December and early March and can possibly continue into the spring.
The duration of protection conferred by influenza vaccine generally begins one to two weeks after injection and may last six months of longer.
For additional information contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611, ext. 2294. No appointment or pre-registration is required.


Gerontology workshops offered at Del Tech
A series of workshops focusing on gerontology 'the study of aging' is being offered by Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus.
The workshops provide training, enrichment, and awareness for those working with elders in the community or residential care settings.
All workshops meet on Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the William A. Carter Partnership Center.
The fee for each session is $29; participants can earn 0.2 continuing education units and/or 2.4 contact hours per workshop.
For more information, contact Corporate & Community Programs at 854-6966.
The schedule is as follows:
Oct. 19: "Effective Communication with the Elderly" helps caregivers deal with common communication problems of the elderly such as speech impediments, loss of hearing, and reduced processing skills.
Nov. 2: "Loss: How to Respond to Elders and Their Families" teaches communication skills and specific techniques to help survivors work through the grieving and healing process after the loss of a loved one.
Nov. 16: "Effective Communication with the Dementia Patient" covers ways to foster positive interpersonal communications and reduce emotional and physical stress for both the patient and the caregiver as they deal with the patient's challenges of reduced language and concentration abilities.

Sussex AIDS organization seeking board candidates
The Board of Directors of the Sussex County AIDS Committee (SCAC) will hold its annual elections on Monday, Oct. 11. SCAC is seeking candidates who, if elected, would serve on the board for a one-year to a possible three-year term.
"Serving on the board is a great way for community persons to get more involved in SCAC's work," explains SCAC executive director Glen C. Pruitt. "The Board of Directors determines SCAC's long-term goals, as well as provide accountability for the SCAC staff."
The SCAC Board of Directors meets six times a year, on the second Monday evening of February, April, June, August, October and December.
At each meeting, the board reviews financial and program reports, and then conducts any business before it.
"SCAC has had a strong, vital Board of Directors for several years," says Jackie Ignacio, chair of the board's Nominating Committee. "Its strength comes from the diversity of its members: persons from many different segments of our community."
The board wishes to continue that diversity, and welcomes candidates who are women, members of the African-American or Hispanic communities, or persons living with HIV infection.
The Sussex County AIDS Committee is a private, non-profit organization that provides support services to residents of Sussex County with HIV infection or AIDS.
In addition, SCAC provides educational programs and offers free, anonymous HIV testing at its office in Rehoboth Beach.
For more information about the agency or to learn more about the Board of Directors elections, contact Glen Pruitt or Jackie Ignacio at 644-1090.

New HIV testing site offers anonymous test results
In addition to the Sussex County AIDS Committee providing free and anonymous testing every Thursday 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., the SHARP Center will now offer free and anonymous testing by appointment five days a week.
The SHARP Center, located at 107 B South St. in Rehoboth, uses the OraSure HIV Test which is a test that requires no blood to be drawn.
For more information, contact Jeanne at 644-1094.

Free Internet Access Training scheduled for October 12
On the second Tuesday of each month there will be an internet training session held at the SHARP Center on 107 B South St. in Rehoboth.
Karene Jules-Chester,from the Delaware Academy of Medicine, will offer training from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The training will cover internet access, focusing on how to search for literature. The sessions are limited to three participants per session.
The next scheduled class is Tuesday, Oct. 12. Please contact Jeanne at (302) 644-1094 to register.

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