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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet October 19, 2017

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.

The topic will be "How Office of Aging Can Help You." A representative will share about resources and answer questions.

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Local Support Groups Posted October 19, 2017

The Masonic Village, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will offer two support groups that are open to the community. Light refreshments will be served, and there is no cost to attend.

Anyone who has lost a loved one is invited to attend the monthly Bereavement Support Group on Thursday, Nov. 16. The group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor. For more information, readers may contact Heidi Young at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.

The Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The group will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Masonic Village's Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. Anyone who serves as a caregiver to a loved one is invited to attend. For directions and to register, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.

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Bereavement Group To Meet October 18, 2017

The Pastoral Care Department at Geisinger Holy Spirit, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill, will offer a six-week bereavement support group that will be held in the pastoral care consultation room. The group will meet Wednesdays, Oct. 25 through Nov. 29, with two sessions offered each day. An afternoon session will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and an evening session will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Both sessions will focus on the same topic, so participants can choose either time to attend.

The group is open to anyone experiencing grief after the loss of a loved one. Each week's focus will assist participants in understanding how to cope with grief and how to develop the skills necessary to turn mourning into memories. Presenters will include Sister Margaret Washington, director of pastoral care services at Geisinger Holy Spirit, and Sister Ann Marie Marabella, pastoral care associate.

Participation is free, but registration is requested. To register, readers may call 717-763-2118 or 717-972-4255.

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New Support Group To Meet October 11, 2017

A Chronic Pain and Illness Group will meet on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at New Creation Community Church, 3005 Emig Mill Road, Dover. The first meeting will take place on Thursday, Oct. 19. All are welcome.

For further information, readers may call Michael Krall at 717-793-7322.

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Parkinson's Support Group To Meet October 11, 2017

The Garden Spot Village Parkinson's Support Group will meet on Monday, Oct. 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Village Square Theater at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. During the meeting, caregivers will go to a separate location for a discussion and sharing time while people with Parkinson's remain in the theater for their own discussion and sharing time.

Free resources from the National Parkinson's Foundation are also available at the monthly meetings. The support group is open to all persons with Parkinson's and their caregivers, family and friends.

For more information, readers may call Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or email slapp@gardenspotvillage.org.

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Building Hope In Tax Season October 6, 2017

Volunteers Needed For Elizabethtown VITA Site

Elizabethtown will host one of the United Way of Lancaster County's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) locations during the upcoming tax season, and volunteers are needed to serve as greeters and tax preparers.

Individuals and families that earn $62,000 or less per year have the opportunity to have their taxes completed through VITA Lancaster's free tax preparation services. Interested individuals may simply call 211 during tax season to make an appointment at one of several locations throughout the county. Community volunteers receive training as tax preparers and meet with clients one-on-one to file their taxes, explained United Way of Lancaster County VITA operations director Ezra Rothman.

This year, 200 tax returns were completed at the site at Christ Church United Church of Christ (UCC), 247 S. Market St., Elizabethtown. Rothman said this year VITA is hoping to offer more appointments to folks in the Elizabethtown area, but more volunteers will be needed to make that possible. Across the county, a total of 8,720 tax returns were completed with VITA in 2017. Rothman said the organization has set a goal of completing 10,000 in 2018. "We build every year, but we need a lot more volunteers to continue this growth," Rothman explained.

Michelle Ingham served as the site coordinator at Christ Church UCC in Elizabethtown last tax season, working together with four other volunteers to serve the community. "As I became involved with it, I realized how much of an impact you make," Ingham shared. In many cases, she had the chance to help her clients get tax credits that they did not know about beforehand. "It gives them money they otherwise wouldn't be able to invest in their everyday living," she commented.

"You almost get to build a relationship with them, and you get to see taxes become a less-scary thing," said Ingham. "I just love the look on people's faces when you tell them what (return) they're getting."

Reducing some of the anxiety that shrouds tax season for many people is one of VITA's primary goals, Rothman said. "Tax time can build hope. It doesn't have to be dreadful, and we really do try to make it a much more positive experience," he stated.

Ingham and Rothman emphasize that no experience is necessary to volunteer as a tax preparer. Training will be provided, and site coordinators will be on hand to offer assistance or answer any questions that may arise during the process. Volunteers should be willing to make a minimum of a four-hour commitment per week at a regularly scheduled time.

Last tax season the Christ Church UCC site was open to clients from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays from January through the tax day deadline, which Rothman said will likely remain the same for 2018. However, if this presents a scheduling conflict for individuals, they are more than welcome to volunteer at one of the other sites located throughout the county.

An information session for individuals who are interested in volunteering as tax preparers will take place on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Christ Church UCC. The evening will include details about training and scheduling to help people decide whether or not this is an opportunity they are interested in. To sign up or learn more, readers may contact Rothman at 717-824-8111 or rothman@uwlanc.org.

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Widows Group To Meet October 4, 2017

Widow to Widow - Lancaster will meet on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Legacy Room at Worship Center, 2384 New Holland Pike, Lancaster.

The topic will be "Women and Finances: From Basics to Beyond," and the presentation will feature information on banking, investments, and identity security. The presenter will be Sherry Oswald, who worked in banking for years and is now a financial adviser with Morgan Stanley.

All widows are welcome. For more information, readers may contact Elaine Severein at 717-468-5239.

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GriefShare Class October 4, 2017

St. John Lutheran Church, 2580 Mount Rose Ave., York, will begin a new GriefShare class on Monday, Oct. 23, from 7 to 8:45 p.m., and again on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m., in the fellowship hall. Each session will include a presentation and group discussion.

A workbook that reinforces the weekly classes is included with a suggested donation for the book. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

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

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Ride, After-Party To Support Breast Cancer Survivors October 2, 2017

As a five-year breast cancer survivor, Bainbridge resident Kim McCoy is all too familiar with the way that medical expenses continue to add up after insurance coverage ends. "A survivor has another chapter in an unwritten book that changes almost daily," McCoy said. "Some things change temporarily; others are permanent changes that have to be adjusted and accepted."

Treatment side effects like neuropathy, lymphedema, heat flashes, scars, fatigue, pain, swelling, hair loss, and depression can linger for a while or last forever. Regardless of the intensity or duration, McCoy points out that these things are often not covered by insurance or other resources. "These (things) are very real to us survivors," she shared. "We live with these ailments on a daily basis."

Last year she and several friends held a fundraiser to help raise funds to support breast cancer survivors. This year, they are teaming up with the Perfect Match Boutique, a durable medical equipment supplier that specializes in meeting the needs of women after breast surgery. "Most hospitals in the area send patients to Perfect Match," McCoy explained. The money raised at this year's fundraiser will go directly toward helping breast cancer survivors who need assistance purchasing items such as compression sleeves, prosthetics and other medical garments and accessories for after surgery and treatments.

"Our goal is to help as many breast cancer survivors with the financial burdens of this disease," McCoy said. "My friends pulled me through all of this. They wouldn't let me hunker down in a hole."

The second annual Ta Ta Rebels Breast Cancer Survivors Event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7. The event will include a motorcycle ride, with registration from noon to 2 p.m. at the Elizabethtown American Legion Post 329, 240 N. Hanover St., Elizabethtown. Maps will be provided for the approximately one-hour ride, which will conclude at the Delaches Fishing Association, 5450 Elizabethtown Road, Palmyra. "It's going to be a 'follow the dot' ride, at your own pace," said McCoy.

The after-party will kick off at 2 p.m. at the Delaches Fishing Association and will feature food, music, door prizes, and giveaways. There is a set donation per person to participate in the ride or event.

Meatballs, chicken corn soup, hot dogs and sauerkraut, and homemade side dishes and desserts will be on the menu, and a local business will donate beverages. Bainbridge resident Ernie "Only" Kresge will serve as disc jockey for the day. Door prizes and giveaway items will include electronics, oil changes and motorcycle inspections, jewelry, golf passes, themed baskets, and plenty of gift cards to area restaurants, attractions, and businesses.

Ta Ta Rebels t-shirts will also be available to purchase at the event.

In the case of rain, the motorcycle ride will be canceled but the after-party will still be held. Preregistration for either component is not necessary. Individuals who cannot attend the ride and event but would still like to make a financial contribution to the Ta Ta Rebels Breast Cancer Survivors Fund may email tatarebels247@gmail.com or call 717-368-2586 for more information.

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NAMI Support Groups To Meet September 29, 2017

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nationwide grassroots organization dedicated to the eradication of mental illness and the improvement in the quality of life of those affected by these diseases. NAMI's goals are to educate, support, and advocate for individuals who are affected by mental illness.

The NAMI Family Support Group is a monthly support group for family members, partners, and friends of individuals living with a mental illness. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month at Luther Memorial Church, 1907 Hollywood Drive, York, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

NAMI Connection weekly support groups, which are exclusively for persons with a diagnosed mental illness who are in recovery, will also be offered. Groups will meet on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Luther Memorial Church and on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the NAMI office, 140 Roosevelt Ave., York.

A new NAMI Connection Support Group will begin meeting on the third Thursday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and will begin Oct. 19 at the Lewisberry Community Center, located in the same building as Family First Health, 308 Market St., Lewisberry.

Information shared at any NAMI-sponsored support groups is always confidential. Attendees do not need to be a NAMI member or be receiving services from any of the sponsoring locations to attend meetings. No fee or registration is required.

For additional information, readers may call the NAMI York office at 717-848-3784 or visit www.namiyork.org. More details about NAMI and mental illness in general are also available at www.nami-pa.org or www.nami.org. In the case of inclement weather or holidays, readers may call the NAMI York office for cancellations.

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Support Group Meetings Posted September 28, 2017

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will host two support groups in October. Participation is open to the community.

The Breast Cancer Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, in the first-floor Women's Center at the Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata. For more information, readers may call 717-721-5750.

The Cancer Support Group will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road, Ephrata. For more information, readers may call 717-721-4835.

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Recovery Support Group Will Meet September 27, 2017

Celebrate Recovery, a Christian 12-step recovery program for those with hurts, habits, and hang-ups, will meet at Petra Church, Student Life Center (east entrance), 565 Airport Road, New Holland, on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

For information, readers may call 717-587-2202. The group is sponsored by Bethany Grace Fellowship, Weaverland Mennonite Church, CrossNet Ministries, and Petra Church.

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Support Group Sets Meeting September 27, 2017

The Alzheimer's Association and Garden Spot Village (GSV), 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will host a Caregiver's Support Group meeting on Monday, Oct. 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. The group will meet in the Concord Room across from The Harvest Table.

The meeting will be last in a series of three open discussions. Participants may bring their concerns, commentary and insights.

The group provides support, information and education for people caring for individuals with significant memory loss. By prior arrangement, free respite care may be available for this meeting by calling GSV Adult Day Services at 717-355-6226.

For more information, readers may contact Joanne Morton at 717-355-6076 or jmorton@gardenspotvillage.org.

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Tremor Support Group Will Meet September 27, 2017

The Essential Tremor Support Group at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will meet on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. The meeting will take place in the board room.

The group will meet for an informative discussion about medication and interactions and questions to ask one's pharmacist. Josh Stauffer, a board-certified geriatric pharmacist, will speak.

For more information, readers may contact Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or slapp@gardenspotvillage.org.

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Support Groups To Meet September 22, 2017

The Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, has posted two support groups.

Anyone who serves as a caregiver to a loved one is invited to attend a dementia caregiver support and education group on Tues, Oct. 17. This month's topic will be spiritual care. The group meets every third Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Masonic Village's Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. Light refreshments are served, and there is no cost to attend. For directions and to preregister, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764. Once on the Masonic Village's campus, attendees should follow directional signs for the Masonic Health Care Center.

Anyone who has lost a loved one is invited to attend the monthly bereavement support group, which meets every third Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the large recreation room on the first floor in Sycamore North. This month's meeting will be on Oct. 19. Refreshments are served, and there is no cost to attend. For more information, readers may contact Heidi Young, bereavement coordinator, at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.

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Program To Highlight Gluten-Free Baking September 21, 2017

Lancaster Area Celiacs Support Group will hold a meeting on Monday, Oct. 2, in the fellowship hall at Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., and the meeting will start at 7 p.m.

The program will be a gluten-free baking demonstration by Ruth Shirk, author of the "Amazingly Simple" cookbook. She will discuss flours, oils, and sweeteners and why and when to use each. Shirk will share tips on where to shop for these items at the lowest prices and will have items on hand for purchase.

As a new feature, at 6:15 p.m., the Celiac 101 class for the newly diagnosed will be offered prior to the start of the main program.

No reservations necessary, and all are welcome. For additional information, readers may visit the website at www.lancasterareaceliacs.org or email lac-leader@lancasterareaceliacs.org.

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Lyme Disease Support Group To Meet September 19, 2017

The Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania will hold its regular monthly support group meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kennett Friends Meeting House, 250 N. Union St., Kennett Square.

Speaker Michael Briggs, compounding pharmacist, will give a presentation titled "New Frontiers in Pain Managament" and will discuss various herbal approaches, plus compounding pharmaceuticals for pain.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet September 14, 2017

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.

The topic will be "Ways to Keep Your Loved One Safe."

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Parkinson's Support Group To Meet September 13, 2017

The Garden Spot Village Parkinson's Support Group will meet on Monday, Sept. 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Village Square Theater at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. Special guest speaker Marci S. Miller, attorney, will speak on elder law and its impact on health care issues.

Free resources from the National Parkinson's Foundation are also available at the monthly meetings. The support group is open to all persons with Parkinson's and their caregivers, family and friends.

For more information, readers may call Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or email slapp@gardenspotvillage.org.

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Divorce Care For Kids Posted September 13, 2017

New Creation Community Church, 3005 Emig Mill Road, Dover, will offer a Divorce Care for Kids (DC4K) group on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. The sessions began on Sept. 11, but individuals may still join. The DC4K group was scheduled to meet for approximately 12 to 16 weeks.

DC4K is meant to offer a safe, fun place where children may learn skills to help them heal after a caregiver has experienced separation or divorce. DC4K includes games, music, stories, videos and discussion intended to help children process the separation or divorce and move forward. DC4K is designed for children ages 5 to 12, and New Creation Community Church will offer nursery care for siblings age 4 and younger.

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