The information on local support groups you need to have


Bayhealth offers free prostate cancer screenings

If you’re a male over 50, you’re at risk for prostate cancer, the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. And if you’re African-American, your prostate cancer mortality rate just doubled: you should get screened beginning at age 40.

Prostate cancer screenings will be available Wednesday, April 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Cancer Center at Milford Memorial Hospital.              

Bayhealth’s free two-part screening includes a blood test for prostate specific antigen (PSA) and a digital rectal exam (DRE) performed by a urologist. Attendees must get their PSA blood work done at least one week prior to the exam. Attendees must also pre-register and qualify to participate in the screening. To register, please call 744-7135 or (toll-free) 877-453-7107.



Free diabetic testing meters

Neighbors Sharing with Neighbors in Crisis is offering new diabetic testing meters to the first 50 households who come to the office with proof that they or someone in their household is an insulin dependant diabetic. Only one meter per household. Distribution will end when meters run out or on March 31, which ever comes first. Individuals will need to pick up meters between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m., show a photo ID and provide medical documentation that they or someone in their household is a diabetic.

It is recommended that you call to confirm that meters are available before coming to the office. Meters will not be held for callers beyond 11:30 a.m. the same day you call. If you are unable to pick up the same day you call to reserve a meter, you will need to call back the next morning to be put on the list for that day if any meters remain.

Call 424-7260 or 739-3145 to reserve a meter for a day and get directions to the office in Milford.



Alzheimer’s Association holds Family Caregiver Training

The Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter sponsors The Family Caregiver Education Series four times per year in each of Delaware’s three counties. Delaware Hospice Center at 100 Patriots Way in Milford will host the training on Friday, April 24, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 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 Friday, April 17.

For more information or to register, call Jamie Magee, branch office coordinator, at 854-9788.



Nurses’ assistant certificate program

Become a valuable member of the rapidly expanding health care field by taking the evening nurses’ assistant course, offered through Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus.

Instruction will be given at LifeCare at Lofland Park in Seaford and Delaware Tech in Georgetown from April 27 to June 25; classes will meet on Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

This 150-hour course teaches students to safely perform basic nursing skills under the supervision of a licensed nurse.

Graduates will be prepared to take the Nurse Aid Competency Exam for certification. All nurses’ assistants must take this exam to be certified to work in Delaware.

Funding through the Department of Labor and limited scholarships are available for this course.

For more information, call Delaware Tech’s Corporate and Community Programs at 854-6966.

Health seminar at Modern Maturity Center

Delaware Hospice, Social Security, Medicare, Blood Bank of Delaware, Faith in Action, and Alzheimers Association representatives will participate in a Health Seminar at Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Ave., Dover, on Tuesday, April 7, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The Seminar is entitled, “Looking Ahead, Planning your Future.”

This seminar will offer members of the community an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about services and programs offered by each of these organizations. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call Barbara Tucker, Community Ed Coordinator for Delaware Hospice, 463-1054.



Autism Delaware Speaker Series

Autism Delaware is having a speaker series community meeting on Saturday, April 4 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover. From 10 to noon, Dr. Janelle Love will present “Autism: What You Need To Know Now.” Love will present how genetics, biochemistry, immune system issues, and toxic loads affect children with autism and what steps you can take to help. All are welcome to attend. The seminar is free to members of Autism Delaware and $8 for all non-members. Registration is required; call Autism Delaware at 224-6020.

For information about Love, visit www.autismbusters.com, and for information about Autism Delaware, visit www.del autism.org.



Living Well:

self-management of chronic

disease

Anyone living with heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and other chronic diseases will benefit from a six-week course on self-management of chronic disease, which will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Center on April 16 and every Thursday until May 21 at the Modern Maturity Center.

Barbara Tucker, community ed coordinator for Delaware Hospice, will conduct the course, entitled “Living Well.” All six classes are recommended.

This totally interactive class, created by Stanford University, will help participants learn how to deal with topics such as fatigue, depression, medications, problem solving, nutrition, and physical activity. You will learn how to make action plans, how to talk to your healthcare provider as well as how to better communicate with your own family members.

There is no fee for this course which is offered free of charge as a community outreach of Delaware Hospice.

Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, April 15.

To register, call 734-1200 or Barbara Tucker at 463-1054.



Smoking and depression

The Mental Health Association in Delaware offers a free brochure about the dangers of smoking and how it relates to depression.

The brochure, titled “Smoking and Depression: What You Need to Know,” was developed through a mini-grant received from the American Lung Association through the division of Public Health’s Tobacco Prevention Community Contract. Funding for the Contract is provided by the Delaware Health Fund and managed by the American Lung Association of Delaware.

Most people are unaware of the connection between smoking and depression. While scientists are still unclear about whether smoking leads to an increase in depression or if depression makes individuals more likely to smoke, the following facts remain:

There is an inextricable link between smoking and depression.

We need to understand the correlation in order to protect and improve our mental and physical health.

In addition to the negative effects that smoking can have on an individual’s mental well-being, the effect smoking has on physical health has been well documented.

For a copy of the free brochure, call the Mental Health Association in Delaware at 654-6833 or 800-287-6423.



Support groups for victims of domestic abuse

People’s Place provides support groups for women who have experienced emotional and physical abuse from their past or present partner. Information and support is also provided.

Call 424-2420 for times and locations of our groups. Childcare provided at some locations. This group is a Turning Point community service and is free of charge.



MS support groups

Here is a list of support and social groups for Delawareans with multiple sclerosis.

Georgetown

Sussex Shore Group Two meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the CHEER Community Center, 20520 Sandhill Road. For more information, call Jamie at 684-4513 or Kay at 422-9584. The next meeting is April 9.

MS Couples Support Group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Easter Seals, 22317 DuPont Blvd. The next meeting is April 15. To attend, call the group facilitator, Kathy Finkle, L.P.C.M.H., at 422-8026, ext. 146.

Harbeson

Shore Group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month in St. George’s Chapel, Parish Hall. The next meeting is April 11. For more information, call Kay at 422-9584 or Jamie at 684-4513.

Dover

Kent Lunch Bunch meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month, at accessible restaurants in Dover. The next meeting is April 24. To join, call Regina at 734-8749.

Please call the leaders before dropping in.



Parkinson’s Disease

support group

Bayhealth Medical Center hosts a Parkinson’s Disease support group the first Friday of each month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Kent General Hospital in the General Foods Conference Center. The next meeting is April 3. The group provides information about living with Parkinson’s Disease and is an open forum for discussion. An occasional guest speaker will stop by to address topics that arise within the group.

The support group is open to everyone with Parkinson’s disease as well as their friends and loved ones. For more information, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or 877-453-7107.



Support group

for survivors

of accidents

and murder

The Mental Health Association of Delaware, in conjunction with People’s Place is offering a monthly support group for people who have lost a family member, friend or co-worker to a sudden and violent death. The Survivors of Accident or Murder support group will meet 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, beginning April 1, at People’s Place in Milford. The meetings are confidential, but registration is required by calling 422-8026, ext. 116.



Breastfeeding classes and

support groups

A breastfeeding class meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month in the ABC Conference Room at Milford Memorial Hospital and at Kent General Hospital the first Wednesday of every month in the General Foods Conference Room. The next meeting is April 6.

A breastfeeding support group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of every month in the sixth floor Women’s Services Conference Room A & B at Kent General Hospital. The next meeting is April 13.

Registration is required for these free classes, which are taught and facilitated by a board-certified lactation consultant.

To register or for more information, call 744-7233.



Cancer support group at Wellness Community

The Wellness Community-Delaware located at 812 S. Bradford St., Dover is offering an evening cancer support group for those who have been touched by cancer. This group is open to anyone that has been touched by cancer, including the family, friends and caregivers of someone that has been diagnosed with cancer.

Topics of discussion in this group include but are not limited to, the effects of a cancer diagnosis, information on treatments and side effects as well as ways to deal with a cancer diagnosis. Anyone interested in this evening support group is asked to call 734-0898 to register.

The Wellness Community-Delaware is part of a national non-profit organization that provides support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Through participation in professionally-led support groups, educational workshops and mind/body classes, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of the stage of disease. At The Wellness Community-Delaware, all programs are free of charge.

For more information, visit www.wellnessdela ware.org.



Seekers support group

Bayhealth hosts the Seekers Support Group for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Meetings are held from 1 to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month in Milford Memorial Hospital’s Rehab Conference Room. The next meeting will be held on April 11.

For more information, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135.



Better Breathing support group

Bayhealth offers the Better Breathing support group to help patients and their families cope with emphysema, chronic bronchitis and other chronic respiratory conditions.

The support group meets from 3 to 4 p.m. the second Monday of January, March, May, September and November at Kent General Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Conference Room across from the Pulmonary Rehab Department. The next meeting is in May 11.

The group is co-facilitated by a representative from Respiratory Care. For more information, call Bayhealth’s Pulmonary Rehab Department at 744-7402.



Child mental health support group

People’s Place, in conjunction with the Mental Health Association of Delaware, offers two monthly support groups for parents of children diagnosed with mental health issues. The first group will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Administration Conference Room, in Seaford. To reserve a seat, call 654-6833 or 422-8026, ext. 116.

The second group will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the People’s Place Counseling Center in Milford. To reserve a seat, call 422-8026, ext. 116.

The meetings are free and confidential. Pre-registration is required.



Free osteoporosis screenings

Bayhealth Medical Center offers free osteoporosis screenings (bone density measurement) from 9 to 11 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Kent General Hospital’s Education Department located at 208 W. Water St. in Dover (next screening on April 7) and the third Wednesday of January, May and September at Milford Memorial Hospital Women’s Wellness Center (next screening May 20).

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. Patients place their heel in a bone density scanner that checks the bone for early stages of osteoporosis. The schedule is as follows:

Pre-registration is required. To register, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or 877-453-7101.



Diabetes Insulin Pump Club of Lower Delaware

The monthly meeting of the Diabetes Insulin Pump Club meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month except July and August in the Rehab Conference Room located at 560 S. Governors Ave., Dover. The next meeting is April 8.

This is a free support group for individuals with an insulin pump or those who have insulin dependent diabetes.

For more information, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or 877-453-7107.



Living with Cancer support group

The group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Milford Church of the Nazarene Chapel, across from Milford Bowling. The next meeting is April 21.

For more information, call Lois at 422-9385.



Grief support group meetings

Bayhealth Medical Center’s grief support group meets at from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the hospital chapel of Milford Memorial Hospital for anyone who has lost a loved one. The next meeting is April 21.

Anyone who has lost a loved one is invited to attend. To register, call 744-7187 or 744-7135 or 877-453-7107. There is no charge.



Bayhealth offers monthly low-cost mammograms

Bayhealth Medical Center offers low-cost mammograms from 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at Bayhealth Women’s Center at Milford Memorial, 200 Kings Highway, Suite 3, Milford. The next screenings will be held on April 15.

The screenings are made possible in part by a grant from the Bayhealth Foundation to address the needs of uninsured and underinsured women in lower Delaware.

Pre-registration is required. For appointments and more information, call Breast Care Coordinator Trisha Bentley at 744-6773.



Cardiovascular screening schedule

Cardiovascular screenings are available from 9 to 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of every month in Room 206 of the Grier Building at Milford Memorial Hospital. The next screening is April 15.

Free screenings are offered thanks to the Chronic Disease Grant from the State of Delaware. It is important to note that participants must register in advance, be uninsured or underinsured and answer some questions to see if they qualify. In addition, appointments are required at some locations.

To learn if you qualify and to schedule appointments, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or 877-453-7107.



Mental health services offered

The Mental Health Association in Delaware hosts depression support groups Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Milford.

While support groups are not intended to take the place of professional mental health services, they can serve as a beneficial complement to the services. They enable the individuals attending to discuss the effect that depression or bipolar disorder may have on their lives with other individuals who have similar experiences.

The groups are confidential and safe. Individuals interested in participating in these or any of the other support groups offered are encouraged to call the Mental Health Association in Delaware for more information and registration.

From Kent or Sussex counties, call 800-287-6423.



Breast cancer support is available

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Peer Mentor Support Program for Breast Cancer provides free one-on-one support and education to those newly diagnosed with breast cancer. DBCC Peer Mentors are trained breast cancer survivors who wish to reach out to help and support others with breast cancer. If you are newly diagnosed, are currently in treatment, are experiencing a recurrence or are a long-term survivor who needs someone to talk to, our peer mentors are here to help you. They can also offer support to spouse, partners, family members and caregivers.

For more information or to request a peer mentor, call Lois Wilkinson at 672-6435.



Bayhealth holds monthly HIV support group

Bayhealth has a new HIV Support Group to provide information and support to individuals with HIV and those that are supportive of individuals with the disease.

The group meets the last Thursday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Kent General Hospital Education Building located at 208 Water St. in Dover. The next meeting is on April 30.Whether you are living with, have a friend or loved one living with, or are a caregiver of someone with HIV, Bayhealth’s HIV Support Group is here for you.

For more information, call Shila Hayden, PhD, RN at 430-5398.



Bayhealth offers blood pressure program

Bayhealth Medical Center offers its blood pressure clinic program weekly.

Free blood pressure screenings are held from 9 to 11 a.m. each Wednesday at Kent General Hospital and each Thursday at Milford Memorial Hospital.

For more information about the screenings at Kent General and Milford Memorial Hospitals, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 877-453-7107.



Bayhealth offers free diabetes screenings

About 66,000 Delawareans are believed to have diabetes, but only 45,000 have been diagnosed. You may not have diabetes, but would you bet your life on it?

Bayhealth Medical Center offers free diabetes screenings from 1 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday at Milford Memorial Hospital Outpatient Services Department, 21 W. Clarke Ave., Milford

For more information, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or 877-453-7107.



Total joint replacement class

Bayhealth’s total joint replacement classes at Kent General and Milford Memorial hospitals familiarize patients scheduled for a total joint replacement with the expected plan of care. The class includes a tour of the nursing unit and inpatient therapy department.

Classes meet from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays in the Total Joint Center’s Community Room on the second floor of Milford Memorial Hospital. To register, call the Total Joint Center at 430-5600.



The Wellness Community offers Monday Morning Yoga Class

The Wellness Community-Delaware offers a weekly Monday morning Yoga class open to anyone who has been touched by cancer. Caregivers and family members are welcome. This program, facilitated by Marianne Wolskee, a certified yoga instructor, will teach the yoga philosophy as well as lead us in some light exercises and yoga techniques that have been shown to boost the immune system and help manage stress. Practicing yoga and doing some light stretching and exercising can help you get past negative thoughts and introduce thought processes that help you heal. Doing this regularly, for as little as 15 minutes a few times a week can help you feel better. Mats and supplies are provided and there is no experience necessary.

Anyone interested in this program should call Jan Shallcross at 734-0898 to register. The Wellness Community – Delaware is located at 812 S. Bradford St., Dover.



Hearing Loss Association of Delaware Support Group

More than 31 million people in the United States are dealing with hearing loss today. Bayhealth Medical Center is holding the Hearing Loss Association of Delaware Support Group for individuals with hearing loss and their family members.

The support group is held the from 6:30 to 8 p.m. first Tuesday of every month (except June through August at Kent General Hospital in the 6th Floor Women’s Center Conference Room.

The Hearing Loss Association is a national organization dedicated to helping anyone with hearing loss, and their families by providing information, education, support and advocacy. For more information, call Betty Martin at 674-3272 or Rosemary Cooper at 678-4804.



Southern Delaware Prostate Cancer Support Group

The Southern Delaware Prostate Cancer Support Group is for any individual who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, at any the stage of treatment or recovery. Spouses, friends and other family members are welcome to attend. The members are provided an opportunity to share their experiences with others who are facing similar challenges.

The group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each even numbered month in Milford Memorial Hospital’s Conference Room A. The next meeting is on April 21.

Phone or personal contact with support leadership is also available. For any questions, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or 877-453-7107.



God’s Way to Recovery meeting schedule

Monday nights: Men’s Christian Support Group at 7 p.m. Open to public.

Tuesday nights: Women’s Christian Support Group at 7 p.m. Open to public.

Thursday nights: Bible Study at 7 p.m.

The God’s Way Thrift Store is open all three nights, please enter via the side entrance. God’s Way is located at 1 Maple Ave., Milford.



Beebe Medical Center screenings and programs

Glucose screenings using a finger-stick test are offered for no charge every Wednesday at all three Beebe Lab Express locations; Beebe Medical Center, first floor, east entrance, 645-3568; The Beebe Health Campus, Route 24, 645-3010 ext. 2444; 611 Federal St., Milton, 684-8579. No appointments are necessary. The results of these screenings can indicate whether a patient needs to see a physician for evaluation for diabetes. They are not intended for diabetes management.

Blood pressure screenings and periodic glucose/cholesterol screenings and bone density screenings are available on the second Tuesday of each month at The Cape Senior Center, 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach. Call Bernita at 227-2055.

Beebe’s Community Health Department supports our charitable mission to encourage healthy living and prevent illness among residents and visitors to our community. Beebe provides a range of free health screenings throughout our community, including blood pressure, cholesterol, osteoporosis and skin and prostate cancer screenings.

To schedule screenings for your group or event, call Beebe Medical Center’s Community Health Department at 645-3337.

Support Groups:

A support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and related diseases meets at The Gull House (Bay Mart Shopping Center, opposite Spring Lake, Rehoboth) on the third Thursday of every month. For more information, call Kathleen Graham Frey at 226-2160.

Fibromyalgia support groups are available. For more information, call Beebe Medical Center’s Integrative Health Department at 645-3528.

If you wear an insulin pump or are interested in learning about wearing a pump, come join us. A support group provides an opportunity to meet others who also live with diabetes and share concerns. Beebe Medical Center’s Certified Diabetes Educators will be available to answer questions. For more information, call 947-2500.

A Mended Hearts support group is held on the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. McCurry Conference Center in the Medical Arts Building, next to the Tunnell Cancer Center on Route 24.

Beebe Medical Center offers CPR, ACLS (advanced cardiac life support), and PALS (pediatric advanced life support) classes. For more information and to sign up, call the Education Department at 645-3248.