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Support Group To Hold Meeting March 26, 2019

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church (UMC), 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will host a dementia/Alzheimer's support group meeting on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Individuals who would like more information about Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia, as well as how to care for loved ones who have dementia, are welcome to attend.

Readers with questions may call the church at 717-292-2716.

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Royal Accomplishments March 25, 2019

On Feb. 22, the Fairmount chapter of TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) met in the Crest View Gathering Room. On a blackboard were written the words from Second Timothy 1:7, "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." The night was special for a number of reasons.

Rita Richard, who oversees the group, had arranged for a cooking competition featuring low-fat and low-sugar recipes. Her husband, Kent, judged the dishes along with Aaron and Kate Zimmerman and Mitch Hannah. As awards were given out for entries that included meatballs, shrimp, and chocolate and strawberry desserts, Rita promised that recipes for all the entries would be gathered in a booklet for all the members. The delicious-looking entries were spread over a table at one end of the room, and the members were abuzz with conversation, a setting more akin to a fellowship meal than a weight-loss group.

The air of celebration encompassed more than the excitement over the competition. The evening was also a time to mark important milestones for members Lori and Andy Miller, who were named queen and king in their respective weight loss divisions in the chapter for their accomplishments.

The group was celebrating Lori's Century Mark, meaning that she has lost more than 100 pounds. Rita presented Lori with a number of gifts, including a bouquet of artificial roses in a variety of colors. Rita explained that each color of rose stood for a special thought. "Yellow roses are for joy and celebration ... pink roses are for admiration," noted Rita, who added that other colors stood for rejuvenation, energy and invigoration, and exultation. "We know your faith has been your help through and through," said Rita, who also gave Lori a collection of 100 notes of encouragement for her to open daily for the next 100 days. Lori also received a shirt emblazoned with the words "Crafted in His Image." Rita read the smaller lettering on the shirt for all the room. "The fine print says, 'We are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ so we can do good things that He planned for us all along,'" said Rita, adding, "We are very proud of you and want to celebrate this occasion."

Lori stated that she started attending TOPS two years ago at the end of January at the urging of her mother, who was attending a TOPS group in Rhode Island. "She knew I wasn't feeling great, and she was worried for me," noted Lori. "She would not let it go until I called TOPS." Lori decided to join, feeling that the group would help her stay accountable. "I have learned things," said Lori. "It's encouraging. It's friendship, and it keeps me honest."

By working with her doctor, Lori was able to set a weight-loss goal they both felt would be healthy for her. "When I first came, I would have been (thrilled) to get to a size 14," Lori said. "But when I got rolling, I was learning and encouraged." Eventually, Lori lost 105 pounds according to the TOPS scale. "Now I am a size 10, and I never imagined I would be this size," said Lori.

Andy began attending TOPS with Lori to be supportive. "It wasn't an easy decision to come here," Andy admitted. However, he liked what he heard at meetings, so he joined as well. "TOPS saved my life," said Andy, who has now lost 65 pounds.

Both Lori and Andy may be honored again as regional or even state winners when they attend TOPS Southeast Pennsylvania Region ARD (Annual Recognition Days) in Reading on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18.

"TOPS promotes making heathy life style changes and choices in your eating and activities for a lifetime," Richard noted. "We don't promise quick fixes or promote unrealistic images. Instead, we focus on health." She added that the environment of the meetings is intended to provide encouragement to members throughout their TOPS experience. "We can offer support through each stage of the journey," she said, adding, "The meetings are part educational and cheerleading for making better choices. As our group slogan says, 'We are each a masterpiece.'" Readers who would like to know more about TOPS may visit www.TOPS.org.

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GriefShare Cycle To Begin March 21, 2019

A new GriefShare cycle will begin at St. John Lutheran Church, 2580 Mount Rose Ave., York, on Monday, April 1, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. and again on Tuesday, April 2, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. Sessions will take place in the fellowship hall.

Each session in the cycle will include a video presentation and a group discussion. A workbook that reinforces the weekly classes is included, with a suggested donation for the book.

Grieving individuals are welcome to come at any time, but they are encouraged to attend the first session on April 1 or 2. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, readers may contact Denise Wright, director of spiritual growth, at 717-840-0382 or visit www.stjohnyorkpa.com.

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Memory Loss Group To Meet March 14, 2019

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, April 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.

Ken Brubaker will speak about "What is D.I.C.E.?"

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HLAA Slates Meeting March 13, 2019

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) will hold a meeting on Monday, March 25, at 7:10 p.m. at the Giant Food Store, Community Center, second floor, 3301 Trindle Road, which is located in the Camp Hill Shopping Center. The meeting will be free and open to the public.

This month's meeting will include a guest speaker who will talk about how to cope with a new hearing loss diagnosis.

The meeting will be captioned in real time, and refreshments will be provided. People who are hard-of-hearing and those they live with are welcome to attend. For more information, readers may visit www.hlacapregion.org or call 717-802-6918.

The Hearing Loss Association of America strives to improve the quality of life of people who are hard-of-hearing through education, advocacy, support, and self-help, and more information is available at www.hearingloss.org.

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Support Group Slates Meeting March 13, 2019

A monthly family support group will meet on Thursday, March 21, at 2 p.m. at Susquehanna Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 745 Old Chickies Hill Road, Columbia. The meeting will be held in the Susquehanna Meeting Room.

The group meets on the third Thursday of the month for an hour. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served. The group is for families that have placed a loved one in a skilled nursing facility, including those who are there for rehab or a short stay.

For more information, readers may contact MJ Musser at 717-495-3456 or mjmusser@svnrc.com.

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Support Group Meeting Planned March 12, 2019

The Southern Chester County Chapter of the Compassionate Friends will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the West Grove Friends Meeting House, 153 East Harmony Road, West Grove. All bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings are welcome to attend meetings.

This self-help support organization has a mission to assist bereaved families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of any child of any age and to help others be supportive. For more information, readers may email SCCTCF@gmail.com.

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Parkinson's Support Group To Meet March 6, 2019

The first 2019 meeting of the Lancaster County Parkinson's Support Group will be held on Monday, March 18, at 2 p.m. in the West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz.

The topic will be "Estate and Long-Term Planning Issues for Persons With Parkinson's Disease and Their Families," presented by attorney Marci Miller. The presentation will be followed by a time for questions and answers. Refreshments and informal discussion will be available after the meeting.

The monthly meetings are designed for education and support for persons diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and their families. The Lancaster County Parkinson's Support Group meets at Landis Homes the third Monday of each month from March through November.

For more information or to receive a brochure, readers may call 717-509-5494.

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PAFFA Students Will Volunteer Locally March 5, 2019

Members of the Pennsylvania FFA (PAFFA) will volunteer in the area while they are in Harrisburg for their annual FFA State Legislative Leadership Conference from Sunday, March 17, through Tuesday, March 19. Each year in conjunction with the leadership conference, members of the group participate in a community service day in which students and teachers from around the state volunteer at farms and other organizations. Hope Springs Farm in Hershey will again host a group of volunteers from the FFA. This year, the community service day will be held on Monday, March 18, from about 1 to 5 p.m.

The FFA group volunteering at Hope Springs Farm will prepare the flower and vegetable gardens, work on the five large compost bins, paint some pasture sheds, prepare the nature trail, and help with other assorted farm chores. Hope Springs Farm hosts a program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism. Volunteer work on the farm is essential to the program, alongside the daily farm chores completed by participants of the day program called "Growers."

Growers' daily chores include horticulture activities and animal care. They grow and care for a wide variety of plants, including asparagus, raspberries, cabbage, carrots, and many other types of vegetables and fruit. The horticulture activities are intended to provide a connection between Growers' efforts and the results of growing something. They gain a sense of accomplishment and pride when they grow something they can eat and share with their family and friends. Horticultural therapy is believed to help improve cognitive abilities, socialization, language skills, and task initiation within adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism. Growers learn to work independently and as a team, solve problems, and follow directions through this form of therapy.

Animal care by Growers includes petting, grooming, walking, and feeding animals, as well as cleaning out stalls and pastures. Hope Springs Farm is home to two miniature horses, six goats, four sheep, five alpacas, three pigs, chickens, rabbits, cats, and more. Caring for the animals is intended to provide structure to the Growers' days, as well as a feeling of pride and ownership. Developing bonds with animals is intented to help Growers develop a better sense of self-worth and trust, stabilize their emotions, and improve their communication, self-regulation, and socialization skills.

Hope Springs Farm, 201 Trail Road, Hershey, was opened in 2005 by Nina and Neil Rovner for their daughter Mimi and other adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities in the community. Today, more than 50 adults are enrolled in its day program. Growers also volunteer for organizations in the community, such as Meals on Wheels, the Humane Society, and food banks. For more information about Hope Springs Farm, readers may call 717-298-1845 or visit www.hopespringsfarm.org.

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Lyme Disease Group To Meet March 4, 2019

The Tri-County Lyme Disease Support Group will meet in the community room at the Village Library, 207 N. Walnut St., Morgantown, on Thursday, March 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month and are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Celeste March at marchasthemonth@gmail.com or 610-286-6824.

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Support Groups Will Gather February 28, 2019

Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will host two support groups.

The Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group will meet on Tuesday, March 19. The topic will be transactive memory, with presenter Frank Miller. The group meets every third Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room, and there is no cost to attend. For directions, call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.

Also, the monthly Bereavement Support Group will meet on Thursday, March 21. This group meets every third Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the large, first-floor recreation room in Sycamore North. Refreshments are served, and there is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Heidi Young, bereavement coordinator, at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.

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Support Group Plans Meeting February 27, 2019

The Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute Bladder Cancer Support Group will hold a meeting at the Mohler Senior Center, 25 Hope Drive, Hershey, on Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m.

Jen Petrask will discuss the concept of "pre-habilitation" at the meeting. She is a clinic nurse and a certified personal trainer at the Cancer Institute. She has been actively involved in fitness, nutrition and wellness for more than a decade.

Also, Andrea Young, manager of Hope Lodge in Hershey, will share information on the services and housing provided free of charge to patients receiving outpatient cancer treatments away from home.

All Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute patients and family members are invited to attend.

For more information, readers may contact Theda at 717-531-3038 or tshaw1@hmc.psu.edu.

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Dementia/Alzheimer's Support Group To Meet February 26, 2019

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church (UMC), 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will host a dementia/Alzheimer's support group meeting on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Individuals who would like more information about Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia, as well as how to care for loved ones who have dementia, are welcome to attend.

Readers with questions may call the church at 717-292-2716.

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Support Groups To Hold Meetings February 20, 2019

Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, has planned several support group meetings. The meetings are free and open to the public.

The Living With Loss Support Group will meet on Wednesday, March 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Board Room. Attendees will take time to reflect on how they are feeling and what may feel unresolved. The group is for persons who have experienced death of a spouse or other family member. The group's focus is support and education. For more information, readers may contact Jenny Snyder at 717-355-6259 or jsnyder@gardenspotvillage.org.

The Alzheimer's Association and Garden Spot Village co-sponsor a support group for family caregivers of persons with dementia. The group will meet on Monday, March 11, at 10 a.m. in the Concord Room. The meeting will include an open discussion as well as a brief summary of the January presentation by Emelia Reifsnyder, titled "What Happens When the Caregiver Becomes Ill?" Upon advance request, free respite care in Adult Day Services is available during this group meeting time if currently enrolled. Those who are attending the support group for the first time are asked to contact Marcia Parsons at 717-355-6239 or mparsons@gardenspotvillage.org.

The Low Vision Support Group will meet on Thursday, March 14, at 3 p.m. in the Garden Towers. Taylor Newswanger from Vision Corps will share on the topic "Lighting for Low Vision." The Low Vision Support Group is designed to provide information and support to enhance independence for persons with any kind of visual losses. For more information, readers may call Mary Beth Villafane at 717-355-6010.

The Parkinson's Support Group will meet on Monday, March 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Garden Towers. Neurologist Jarod John will discuss emerging treatments for Parkinson's. Free resources from the National Parkinson's Foundation will be available. The support group is open to all persons with Parkinson's and their caregivers, family and friends. For more information, readers may contact Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or slapp@gardenspotvillage.org.

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Memory Loss Group To Meet February 13, 2019

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, March 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road.

Melissa Collins, physical therapist, will lead a discussion on "Creating Home Safety for Persons With Memory Loss."

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Support Group Sets Meeting February 6, 2019

The Southern Chester County Chapter of the Compassionate Friends will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at the West Grove Friends Meeting House, 153 E. Harmony Road, West Grove. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month.

The Compassionate Friends is a self-help support organization that has a mission to assist bereaved families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of any child of any age and to help others be supportive. All bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings are welcome to attend the meetings to participate or just to listen. Attendees may bring a friend or relative.

For more information, readers may email SCCTCF@gmail.com.

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Children's Support Group Planned February 5, 2019

H.O.P.E., 150 E. Main St., New Freedom, will offer Kids Under Construction (KUC), a support group for children ages 6 to 12 who have someone in their immediate family with cancer. The program is six weeks long and will meet twice a month on select Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m., beginning in March.

In the KUC program, emotions will be explored through art therapy. To help alleviate the stress they may be feeling, children will be encouraged to share about their feelings through art and games.

KUC will also be focused on having fun and bonding with other children who are going through similar situations while being mentored by knowledgeable adults. Children in families that are battling with cancer often have to assume responsibilities beyond their years. In addition to school, homework, and regular chores, children may be called upon to provide care to the patient and assist with younger siblings. Because of this, some meetings will be dedicated to having fun.

To learn more or to register a child to participate in KUC, readers may call H.O.P.E. at 717-227-2824 or visit www.hopeforcancerfamilies.org.

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Support Groups To Meet February 1, 2019

Lancaster General Health has slated two support group meetings.

The Memory Loss Support Group will meet on Monday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at Lancaster General Health Suburban Outpatient Pavilion (formerly Health Campus), 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Mitzi from Albright LIFE will share about adult day programs and in-home supports. The group meets on the second Monday of each month.

The Lewy Body Dementia Support Group will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Neuroscience Institute conference room on the second floor at Lancaster General Health Neuroscience Institute, 2150 Harrisburg Pike, Lancster. Sue Ludwig from Rock Steady Boxing will share about the organization's exercise program. The support group meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

For more information on either group, readers may call Shelby Swartley at 717-544-3280.

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Support Groups Will Meet January 30, 2019

Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will host two support groups.

The Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 19, to learn about occupational and speech therapy. The group meets every third Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room, and there is no cost to attend. For directions, call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.

Also, the monthly Bereavement Support Group will meet on Thursday, Feb. 21. This group meets every third Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the large, first-floor recreation room in Sycamore North. Refreshments are served, and there is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Heidi Young, bereavement coordinator, at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.

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Support Group To Meet January 30, 2019

The Village Library, 207 N. Walnut St., Morgantown, will host monthly support group meetings for anyone who is suffering from Lyme disease or who has an interest in learning more about the disease. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more details, contact Celeste March at 610-286-6824 or marchasthemonth@gmail.com.

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