Thursday, October 20, 2016
Annual Dementia Conference

The Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter invites family and professional caregivers for people living with Alzheimer's or a related disorder to register for its Annual Delaware Dementia Conference, 'Sharing the Journey,' which takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Dover Downs Hotel & Conference Center.
In addition to sponsors and vendors, family and professionalcaregivers will have an opportunity to meet and share their experiences while learning tips and tools from one another and Alzheimer's and dementia care experts.
Keynote speaker will be Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, M.A., therapist, dharma teacher, and award-winning author, who will present 'Joys & Sorrows: Spiritual Perspectives on Living with Alzheimer's.'
There will also be several breakout sessions.
Register online or call the Delaware Valley Chapter's free 24/7Helpline, 800-272-3900. Thelast day to register by mail is Nov. 8, however, online and telephone registration will be available until Nov. 11.

Diabetes education program

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes education program, The Diabetes Connection, on Nov. 2, 9, 16, and 30 from 5-7 p.m. The cost of the program may be reimbursable by insurance. The four-session program features weekly education sessions in a group setting.One family member or significant other is welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required prior to attending classes. To register and to obtain additional information, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Education Department at 629-6611, ext. 2446.

Fall Haul for Hospice

Diamond Motor Sports in Dover has partnered with Delaware Hospice to host the Fall Haul on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us for this free family friendly ride through Kent and Sussex counties. All proceeds benefit Delaware Hospice. Donations may be made online at Meet at Diamond Motor Sports, 4595 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, at 10:30 a.m. and the ride will begin at 11 with a rest stop at the Hospice Center in Milford. Return to Diamond Motor Sports by 1 p.m. for food and prize drawings.
For more information, contact Stewart Crouch, general manager, Diamond Motor Sports, at 302-697-3222.

Rehoboth Walk to End Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter will host its 20th annual Rehoboth Walk to End Alzheimer'sᄄ, Saturday, Oct. 22, at Grove Park. More than 300 walkers - many with their four-legged friends - will begin checking in at 8:30 a.m., participate in the Promise Garden Ceremony at 9:45, and Walk to End Alzheimer's at 10:15.
The dollars raised will help fund Alzheimer's research, plus the free care and support programs the chapter offers to as many as 26,000 people in the state of Delaware who are living with Alzheimer's or a related disorder and their families. This year's goal is $138,000.
Participants will enjoy a Kids' Corner, live music by soft rock band, Imagine, and raffle items. Registration is still open for anyone wishing to join or start a team with family, friends or coworkers at 'Run to Remember' Marathon registration is available at Anyone needing assistance registering for either event may call the chapter's toll-free 24/7 Helpline, 800.272.3900.

Girls Night Out

The Cancer Support Community Delaware will host its annual Girls Night Out on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at The Atlantic Sand Hotel & Conference Center in Rehoboth Beach.
Tickets are $20 per person at the door and include a complimentary drink and a chance for door prizes.
This event will feature nibbles from local caterers, holiday music by The Problematics, a silent and raffle auction, and merchandise from over 20 vendors.
Proceeds will benefit the Cancer Support Community and its efforts to help people and their families affected by cancer in Sussex County.
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State's first responders recognized

To celebrate the men and women of the Delaware Trauma System, dozens of medical professionals, and first responders filled the House of Representatives chambers at Legislative Hall recently, joined by state and local officials to mark the 20th anniversary of the Delaware Trauma System.
Delaware has one of the nation's few inclusive statewide trauma systems in which every acute care hospital participates. The state's trauma system is credited with saving 1,319 lives and caring for 101,000 seriously injured people since 2000; an almost 50 percent decrease in the mortality rate in that time. The Delaware mortality rate is now consistently lower than the national rate reported by the federal National Trauma Data Bank.
Secretary Landgraf, Dr. Rattay and State Senator Bruce Ennis recognized 14 Trauma System leaders for their 20 years of continuous service. Local honorees include Steven D. Carey, MD, FACS of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.
Additionally, State Senator Bruce C. Ennis (D-Smyrna) read a joint resolution recognizing the trauma system's anniversary, and trauma survivor Melanie Pertain shared how the trauma system helped her and her family after they were involved in a serious motor vehicle crash.

Classes for weight loss patients

Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts monthly nutrition classes to provide education to its weight loss patients. The 'New Patient Nutrition Class' is held the first Wednesday of each month and is designed for new surgical (bariatric) weight loss patients.

The class is held the third Thursday of each month and is open to both surgical and non-surgical (medical) weight loss patients. Classes in November will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and Thursday, Nov. 17 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Nanticoke's Miller Building located at 121 S. Front St., Seaford.
Classes are interactive and full of user-friendly information geared toward preparing patients for success during their weight loss journey.
Bariatric patients are required to attend at least one nutrition class prior to their scheduled surgery. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to get weighed in.
For more information or to reserve your spot, call Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery at 536-5395. For more information about weight loss services provided by Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery, visit

DBCC presents free retreat

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) will present a free, empowering all-day retreat on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Lewes Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference will offer naturopathic tools for breast cancer risk reduction presented by Kim. D. Furtado, N.D., an expert in herbal medicine, nutrition, detoxification, and hormone balancing.
Some of the topics to be explored include lab work to access breast cancer risk, nutrition and exercise, lifestyle factors, stress reduction, environmental and chemical endocrine disrupters, and risk reduction for recurrence.
This program is open to the public, not just breast cancer survivors. Lunch will be provided. People interested in attending should contact Connie Holdridge at 302-644-6844 or by email to sign up.
Castronuevo is 'Therapist of the Year'
In honor of Physical Therapy month in October, Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke has selected Michelle Castronuevo of the Seaford branch as Outstanding Physical Therapist of the Year.
Michelle has been practicing physical therapy for eight years and Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke was the first job she took after coming to the United States in 2015. She graduated from Brent Colleges in the Philippines in 2007 and after completing her licensure exam she worked for a hospital in the Philippines.
Michelle also worked in an outpatient facility in the Middle East for two years, but then returned home to the Philippines to continue working as a physical therapist in the home health care industry.

Diabetes Prevention Class

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a two-session Diabetes Prevention Class on Monday, Oct. 24 and Monday, Nov. 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Medical Staff Conference Room. This course is designed for individuals who have been diagnosed with prediabetes.
Utilizing resources developed by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), this course provides individuals with basic tools to help them make appropriate lifestyle changes and reduce their risk for developing diabetes. Cost is $20 per person and a physician referral is required for registration.
For more information or to register, call 629-6611, ext. 2288.

Believe to Achieve 5K

Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery will host their first annual Believe to Achieve 5k Fun Run/Walk for patients and their family and friends at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Hooper's Landing Fitness Trail located around the perimeter of the Hooper's Landing Golf Course in Seaford. Registration is from 8-8:40 a.m.
This free event is for all ages and fitness levels.
For more information about the event or to RSVP, contact Sharon Harrington, marketing director, at 629-6611, ext. 8950 or

Nanticoke Physician Network to host Bariatric Support Group

Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery will host bariatric support groups on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm and Monday, Nov. 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. This free support group is designed to provide education and support to patients before and after their bariatric weight loss surgery and is open to the public.


The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is pleased to collaborate with the American Association of University Women Coastal Georgetown Branch and the League Of Women Votersᄄ Of Sussex County to present the second annual Women's Film Series. The focus of this monthly series is to inform, inspire, and empower audiences by exploring a range of women's issues through the art of film.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the series continues on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. with the uplifting and emotive documentary, CANCER? SERIOUSLY? For many, the aftermath of breast cancer is the most difficult part of the journey. It was in this crucible of struggle that six sisters in survivorship set out on a journey to document their lives after the storm.
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is also collaborating to offer this screening. A post film discussion will be led by Connie Holdridge, a program manager in education and survivorship at the Sussex County office. Several breast cancer warriors will be in attendance to share their stores. Admission is $9 per screening. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 645-9095.
The screening will be held at the Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Lewes. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.