Thursday, April 22, 2010
Family caregiver training The Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter sponsors The Family Caregiver Education Series four times a year in each of Delaware's three counties. Delaware Hospice Center at 100 Patriots Way in Milford will host the training on Thursday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This program includes a medical overview, legal and financial issues, challenging symptoms, daily care issues and information on getting the help you need. This training for family caregivers is free and lunch will be provided by Delaware Hospice, therefore pre-registration is required by May 3. For more information or to register, call Jamie Magee, branch office coordinator, at 854-9788.

Free diabetes program On May 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Laurel Public Librarywill host a free Lunch and Learn for people with diabetes and their caregivers. The presentation will cover: a basic understanding of the disease; typical healthcare needs of a person with diabetes; meal planning as a critical component for diabetes management; supplies and equipment required for diabetes care; importance of physical activity in diabetes management; local, state and federal resources to help control diabetes; and communicating effectively and keeping good records. Bringa lightlunch.Bottled water and healthy snackswill be provided. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, call 877-3184.

Immunizations for kids program Sussex Parents As Teachersis hostingtheDelaware Division of Public HealthImmunization Program for pregnant mothers and parents of young children on Friday, April 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Exhibit Room of the Seaford Library & Cultural Center. The program will discuss what immunizations children ages birth through kindergarten entry should receive and why,vaccination records and concerns about safety of vaccines. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Lisaat 856-5239.

Resident develops rare infection Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) has announced the state's first case of vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) in a 63-year-old Delaware woman. On April 6, lab tests by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) confirmed the diagnosis of VRSA, a rare infection that is resistant to treatment with a commonly used antibiotic. The woman, who has multiple underlying conditions, was diagnosed with VRSA by an acute care hospital in Delaware. The patient had also briefly stayed in a Delaware long-term care facility and received kidney dialysis. The patient was transferred to a Pennsylvania hospital. VRSA infections can be treated with other, less commonly used antibiotics. To date, the CDC has received only 11 reported cases of VRSA in the nation. None of these cases occurred as a result of transmission from one infected person to another. VRSA appears to develop among patients in hospitals and health care facilities who have underlying health conditions. DPH's Bureau of Epidemiology is working with the hospital, long-term care facility and dialysis center where this case received care to test staff members with regular contact with the patient. This precautionary measure may identify potential sources of transmission.

Stroke and osteoporosis screenings Residents living in and around the Blades community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. The Blades Town Hall-Hardin Hall will host Life Line Screening on May 17. The site is located at 20 W. Fourth St. in Blades. Appointments will begin at 9 a.m. Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women. Packages start at $139. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit our website at Pre-registration is required. Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation's leading provider of preventive screenings.

Lunch and Learn about diabetes The Sussex Child Health Promotion Coalition Diabetes Prevention and Control Program will hold Lunch and Learns throughout Sussex County for individuals with diabetes and their caregivers. Participants will learn more about diabetes and how to manage the disease. The following area lunches are scheduled:
  • Clarence Street Church of God, Seaford - Thursday, May 20, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. To register, contact Pastor Cannon at 629-9443 by May 14.
  • Laurel Public Library - Monday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. To register, call 875-3184.
  • Delmar Public Library - Thursday, May 20, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. To register, call 846-9894 by May 14.

Win a NASCAR pit package The Bayhealth Foundation, in conjunction with Dover Motorsports, is selling raffle tickets for a NASCAR Pit Pass Package to benefit Bayhealth Medical Center's Cancer Institute. For $10 per raffle ticket (or three tickets for $25), you'll have a chance to win the Kasey Kahne Pit Pass Package for two, which includes:
  • A guided tour of the pit and garage area before the Sunday, May 16, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway
  • A meet & greet with Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
  • Two pit and garage passes to use before the May 16 event
  • Two grandstand tickets to see the race ($110 value)
Raffle tickets are available at Kent General and Milford Memorial Hospital gift shops and the Bayhealth Foundation office. The winning ticket will be drawn on May 13 at the Golf Tournament Awards Dinner. Winner will be notified by phone if not present at the event. For more information, or to pay by MasterCard or Visa, contact the Bayhealth Foundation at 744-7015 or email

Walk MS at Heritage Shores Heritage Shores in Bridgeville is home to the annual MS fundraiser, Walk MS: Twilight at Heritage Shores.

This year's event steps off at the Heritage Shores clubhouse on Friday, April 30, at 6 p.m. "After the walk," promises the chapter's director of development, Holly Maddams, "we'll gather in the grand ballroom and outdoor patio, enjoy some good food and entertainment, and hand out prizes. We're giving a BPA-free water bottle to every participant who raises at least $25 and an event t-shirt to anyone who raises $100 or more." Day-of registration begins at 5 p.m., but advance registration is recommended. For more information, visit or call 655-5610.

5K benefits Breast Cancer Coalition The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition announces its First Annual DE-Feet Breast Cancer 5K Run/1M Walk sponsored by Tanger Outlets will take place on Sunday, May 2, at 9 a.m. The 3.1 mile course will begin and end at Applebees restaurant at Tanger Outlet Center, Rehoboth Beach. The family event is open to runners and walkers of all ages. All proceeds from Tanger's DE-Feet Breast Cancer 5K/1M will benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC). On the heels of a very successful Pink Card campaign last October in which Tanger Outlets raised more than $90,000 for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Tanger's general manager, Amy Norgate, eagerly stepped up to sponsor DBCC's 5K event. Advanced registration, which is recommended, is $20/person. On-site registration is $25/person, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on race day; and the first 100 people registered receive a long-sleeve T-shirt. There's even a "Sleepwalkers" category for those who are unable to attend but want to show their support. Sleepwalkers simply register for $20, check the "Sleepwalker" category and then sleep in on Sunday. To register, visit or

Registration open for Walk MS Registration is now open for this year's Walk MS season in Delaware. Organized by the Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the goal is to raise awareness and funds for the programs and services needed by more than 1,500 Delawareans with MS and their families. Each of the five events takes place on an accessible 5K route, and plenty of support is available as well as the opportunity for lots of fun with family and friends. Two events take place in Sussex County:
  • Walk MS: Twilight at Heritage Shores steps off at Providence At Heritage Shores, One Heritage Shores Circle in Bridgeville, on Friday, April 30, at 6 p.m.
  • Walk MS: Twilight at Baywood Greens steps off at the Baywood Greens Golf Course, 32267 Clubhouse Way in Long Neck, on Friday, May 21, at 6 p.m.
Day-of registration begins one hour before the event. For more info or to register, call 655-5610 or visit

Cancer support group The Wellness Community-Delaware offers a free general cancer support group for people affected by cancer and their loved ones at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. The monthly support group meets in the second floor conference room of the Cancer Care Center on the third Monday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The Wellness Community is dedicated to helping people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support and hope. All facilitators of these groups are trained mental health professionals. Call 645-9150 for information or to register.

Man to Man support group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers a Man to Man support group meeting on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Man to Man helps men cope with prostate cancer by receiving information and peer support. Man to Man is a forum for men and their support network to learn about diagnosis and treatment options through presentations, written materials and videos. Specialists share information such as side effects and how to cope with prostate cancer and its treatment. News and information about nutrition, general health, research and treatment, as well as messages from men living with prostate cancer and other Man to Man activities, are offered to assist in the recovery process. Pre-registration is not required for this free support group. For more information, contact Larry Skala (337-3678) or Grafton Adams (628-8311).

Depression Support Group There is a free bimonthly Depression Support Group meeting in Laurel on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Any person who has signs and symptoms of depression and is under the care of a professional counselor/MD is welcome to attend. To register, call 302-465-6612.

Bereavement support group Compassionate Care Hospice, The Wellness Community-DE and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will collaborate to present a monthly bereavement group, The Next Step. The group focuses on issues of loss that continue beyond the early stages of grief. Mary Van House, bereavement coordinator, will facilitate the group at 10 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, at the Nanticoke Cancer Care Center, second floor conference room. To register, call Lisa at 629-6611, ext. 2378.

Breast cancer support group Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) has expanded its Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey, a program for women newly-diagnosed with breast cancer, by partnering with Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center in Seaford. The free, monthly program is offered at the Cancer Center located at 801 Middleford Road, Seaford, the third Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. The program is facilitated by Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center professional staff - Terri A. Clifton, MS, NCC, Cancer Care coordinator; Mary Brown, RN, DSN, manager Cancer Care Center; and Wendy Polk, nutritionist - with assistance from Lois Wilkinson, DBCC special projects manager, who helps facilitate the program at Bayhealth. Together, they answer questions, help calm fears, and share information about resources that are available at Nanticoke, through DBCC, and other organizations within the local community. Of particular value to newly-diagnosed women is DBCC's Peer Mentor Program through which they are paired with a long-term survivor for one-on-one support. To learn more about Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center, call Lois Wilkinson at 672-6435. Registration is required and light refreshments and small gifts are provided.