Thursday, February 04, 2016
New Alzheimer's support groups

The Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter announces that two new support groups for the caregivers and families of those suffering from Alzheimer's and related disorders will begin in Sussex County in March. All groups are free and open to the public.
A group will begin meeting at Laurel Centenary Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, at 2 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. The first meeting is March 1.
A group will also begin meeting at Brandywine Senior Living at Seaside Pointe, Rehoboth Beach, at 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. The first meeting is March 5.
Other group meetings in Sussex County include:
Seaford - Lofland Park Center, Genesis, 2nd Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.
Georgetown - Harrison Senior Living, 2nd Monday, 6 p.m.
Milford - Milford Center Genesis, last Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.
Millsboro - Pelican Cove Cheer Center, 2nd Thursday, 1 p.m.; Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church, 4th Thursday, 1 p.m.
Milton - Milton Wellness Center, 2nd Thursday, 1 p.m.
Ocean View - Coastal Leisure Cheer Center, 1st Thursday, 6 p.m.
Rehoboth - Camp Rehoboth, 2nd Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.; Gull House, 3rd Thursday, 1 p.m.
Selbyville - Brandywine at Fenwick Island, 2nd Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.
The Delaware Valley Chapter also offers a 24-hour Helpline at 800-272-3900. For more information, contact Jamie Magee at 854-9788.

End-of-Life Workgroup

The Delaware Health Care Commission's End-of-Life Workgroup will host four listening sessions across the state to hear Delawareans' ideas about palliative care, hospice care, advance care planning and related issues.
The Health Care Commission established the End-of-Life Workgroup in November to assess and make recommendations regarding end-of-life care and related issues in Delaware. The 14-member workgroup, which is chaired by Jill Rogers, director of the Department of Health and Social Services' Division of Developmental Disabilities Services, is gathering information to broaden the understanding of palliative and end-of-life care issues and to prioritize areas for recommendations.
The workgroup's recommendations are expected to be presented to the Health Care Commission by March 31.

Hospice support group

Delaware Hospice offers the Monthly Milford Group - Healing After the Loss of a Loved One on the third Wednesday of each month from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Delaware Hospice Center. This monthly support group provides an opportunity to share your loss with others who are going through similar circumstances and to learn ways to cope with your grief. To register or for information about other Delaware Hospice support groups, contact Sondra Satterfield at 302-678-4448 or

Lymphedema Support Group

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a lymphedema support group on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 1:30-3 p.m., at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center. February's topic is vascular.
This free support group is open to anyone affected by lymphedema including patients, caregivers, and relatives. Meetings consist of a lecture by health care professionals and medical equipment providers followed by refreshments and an open question and answer session or discussion among participants. Registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Robert Donati at 629-6224 or

Dr. Nguyen joins Nanticoke

Nanticoke Physician Network welcomes Maria Nguyen, MD, to its active medical staff. Dr. Nguyen has joined Dr. Yost at the Nanticoke Medical Center Bridgeville.
Dr. Nguyen received her honors bachelor of science in cell biology from the University of Western Ontario in Ontario, Canada and her Doctor of Medicine from St. George's University School of Medicine in True Blue, Grenada. She completed her residency in family medicine at Northeast Iowa Medical Education Foundation in Waterloo, Iowa.
Dr. Nguyen is board-certified in family medicine. Her professional memberships include the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Parkinson's Support Group

Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and The Methodist Manor House, will hold a Parkinson's education and support group on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford.
Participating in education/support groups is essential for coping with an illness such as PD or other disorders that impair bodily movement. This free support group is helpful for the individual diagnosed with PD, caregivers, friends and family.
Group members welcome guest speakers on a variety of subjects related to PD and provide support to each other through other small group discussions.
For more information, contact Tara Trout at 629-6611, ext. 3838.

Stroke Support Group

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a free stroke support group on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 1:30-3:30 p.m., at the Seaford Library & Cultural Center. The two-hour support group meetings consists of guest speakers and breakaway sessions in which caregivers and stroke survivors meet in groups to discuss concerns, providing support and networking. Refreshments will be provided.
This support group is designed for individuals who have survived a stroke as well as their families, friends, and caregivers.
Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call 629-6224.