Hospice offers bereavement group The Cancer Support Community and Compassionate Care Hospice are collaborating to offer a free monthly bereavement group to focus on issues of loss that continue beyond the early stages of grief. The Next Step meets in the Sussex facility of the Cancer Support Community in Rehoboth on the second Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. The Sussex facility is located at 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Ste. 312, Rehoboth. The Next Step also meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Resource Library of the Nanticoke Cancer Care Center in Seaford. Co-facilitators of both groups are Susan Graves, bereavement coordinator, and Martha Rockey, LPN, both of Compassionate Care Hospice. Call 645-9150 in advance to reserve your spot.
CHF Support Group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) support group from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, in the medical staff conference room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The support group is designed for individuals who have congestive heart failure as well as their families and caregivers. Meet others with this disease and share stories, tips and tricks at this free event. The two-hour support group meeting will consist of guest speaker presentations and opportunities to discuss concerns, provide support, and allow for networking. This month's speaker is Dr. Angel Alicea from Nanticoke Cardiology, who will present an overview of Congestive Heart Failure. Attendees can receive free pharmacy consultation for all medications that they bring in for review. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, call Melissa Williamson at 629-6611, ext. 2508.
'Understanding Your Thyroid' Dr. John Rees, DC, CFMP, will present "Understanding Your Thyroid" as part of the Delaware Tech Owens Campus "Better U" Series at the college's Jack F. Owens Campus in Georgetown at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, in the Fireside Lounge of the Student Services Center. Dr. Rees's presentation will address many of the symptoms of thyroid condition. His presentation will focus on how the thyroid gland works, what to do when it doesn't work, and how to develop an action plan for identifying and resolving thyroid issues. With over 30 years practicing in the field of chiropractic wellness care as a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Dr. Rees has extensive hands-on experience treating patients who have had difficulty finding solutions for what may be undiagnosed thyroid dysfunction. Better U series workshops are free and open to the public. For more information, call Christine Gillan at 259-6085.
Grief Workshop, Labyrinth Walk Delaware Hospice will hold a Grief Workshop and Labyrinth Walk at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, Lewes, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. Anyone coping with a loss or supporting a grieving family member or friend is welcome to attend this free event. Found in cultures around the world for thousands of years, the labyrinth is a symbol for life's journey. This workshop will use the labyrinth as a gentle but powerful method to move us along in our journey of grief. For registration or more information, contact Midge DiNatale, Delaware Hospice bereavement counselor, at 302-746-4740 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mary Van House, MS, Milton Wellness Center, at 302-542-8878 or email@example.com.
Electronics sale at Look-In Glass Purchase new electronic devices in the medical staff conference room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Thursday, April 23 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, April 24 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Look-In Glass Shoppe at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is hosting the Infinite Entertainment electronics sale featuring several devices including smartphones, TVs and tablets from popular brands. For more information, call 629-6611, ext. 2475.
Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic The second annual Mission of Mercy dental clinic will be held April 17-18, at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury. To date, Mission of Mercy has registered more than 1,000 volunteers and received more than $123,000 in donations towards the $145,000 budget goal. The Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy (MOM) is a community event hosted by the Eastern Shore Dental Society. The focus of this mission is to provide treatment of immediate dental needs to the underserved populations on the Delmarva Peninsula. The primary focus will be the alleviation of pain and infection. For more information and to sign up to volunteer, visit www.eastershoremissionofmercy.org.
Healthcare Decisions Day Delaware Hospice, along with other national, state, and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making: an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). The objectives of NHDD are to provide much-needed information to the public, reduce the number of heartbreaks that -occur when a person's wishes are unknown, and improve the ability of healthcare facilities and providers to offer informed and thoughtful guidance about advance healthcare planning to their patients. For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.
Diabetes education classes The Delaware Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) will present free diabetes education classes at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford, April 14-May 19. Classes will be held every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. More knowledge about diabetes can help prevent/delay health complications, improve your quarterly blood sugar reading, help understand the importance of an action plan for diabetes control, improve diabetes self-management and help understand the value of communication. For more information and to sign up, call Lynn Amaty at 629-3591, ext. 200. Annual Breast Cancer Update The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) will hold the 18th Annual Breast Cancer Update on Wednesday, April 22, at Dover Downs Hotel from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program will feature leading medical experts and speakers discussing the most up-to-date information on breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. This annual educational forum is free and open to the public. Continuing education units (CEU's) will be available to attending nurses and other healthcare professionals. Registration for CEU's is $30. The forum is open to the public and has become one of Delaware's most trusted sources of up-to date breast cancer information. For more information and to register, visit debreastcancer.org.
Do we really need to share our entire lives?
By Dr. Anthony Policastro
Some people are arrogant. They think that they are important when that is not the case. What we sometimes fail to realize is that arrogance comes in many different forms. The electronic age has led to an epidemic of arrogance. When I was growing up, most people had telephones. Not everyone had a phone. I remember sometimes having to call someone who had a phone. They would have to go get their neighbor who did not own a phone. It was relatively simple. If the person was at home, you could speak to them. If they were not at home, you had to try later. There was the occasional emergency call. However, everyone accepted the fact that you might have to call several times. Answering machines were invented later which allowed you to leave a message for someone. They would be able to call you back when they returned. That was a good development. It helped people keep in touch. The next development was e-mail. When I first started using e-mail in the 1990s, it was a novelty. We could hear the AOL voice say "You've got mail!" One would check their mail about once a day. They could answer questions. However, it did not really replace the telephone. After that electronic communication changed greatly. Pocket phones became common. There was the ability to text messages to others. There was the ability to send instant "tweets" on twitter. Photos could be shared. We had the chance to know every detail of everyone's life. We could friend them on Facebook and keep up with each minute detail. What we do not always realize is that there is a bit of arrogance in all of this. Many of the messages that we get are not very important. Some of them are very mundane. We really do not need to know someone else's every movement. We certainly do not need to be so caught up in this that it becomes dangerous. We text while driving and crash. We text while walking and walk into things. There are times when it is important to pass information to others. If it is that important, then a telephone makes sense. There are other times when a message of less importance needs to be passed on to others. An e-mail serves that purpose very well. However, when we feel the need to pass on information that is less important instantaneously, we border on being arrogant. We are really sending the message that we are so important that what we have to say cannot wait. We might even do that in such a way that we place ourselves in danger.