GriefShare Sessions Planned September 20, 2018
Norrisville United Methodist Church, 2811 W. Church Lane, White Hall, Md., will offer GriefShare support group sessions starting on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and continuing every Tuesday for 13 weeks. Sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The group is nondenominational, and attendees need not be members of the church. There is a cost for materials.
For more information or to register, readers may call the Rev. Melissa McDade at 410-692-6179 or email email@example.com. Individuals may call for updates in the case of inclement weather.
Grief Support Group Will Meet September 19, 2018
The Living with Loss Support Group at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Board Room.
Guest speaker Michele DeRosa will present "Sharing a Personal Experience of Grief and Loss." As a funeral director, DeRosa will share her expertise and insight as she interacts with those who grieve every day.
The Living with Loss group is for persons who have experienced death of a spouse or family member. The group's focus is support and education. The program is free and open to the public.
For more information, readers may call Jenny Snyder at 717-355-6259, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memory Loss Support Group To Meet September 14, 2018
The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 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 "What Is 'The 36-Hour Day'?"
Memory Loss Support Group To Meet September 13, 2018
The Memory Loss Support Group for caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Landis Homes Retirement Community, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Warwick Room of The Heritage, the special care center at Landis Homes.
Members of the Charles Wert family will speak on "Sharing Our Journey of Caregiving." The meeting will include a time for refreshments and informal discussion following the presentation.
The public is invited. The group operates in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. For more information, readers may call Landis Homes at 717-581-3939.
Support Groups Scheduled September 12, 2018
The Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, invites the community to several support groups. There is no cost to attend.
Individuals who serve as a caregiver to a loved one are invited to a Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The meeting will have a focus on 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. For directions and to preregister, call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.
Those who have lost a loved one are invited to attend the monthly Bereavement Support Group on Thursday, Oct. 18. The group meets every third Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor. Refreshments are served. For more information, call Heidi Young, bereavement coordinator, at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.
Support Group Scheduled September 12, 2018
The Spiritual Care Department at Geisinger Holy Spirit, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill, will offer a five-week bereavement support group that will be held in the Spiritual Care consultation room. The group will meet Wednesdays, Sept. 12 through Oct. 10, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
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. The facilitator will be Sister Mary Joan Smith, director of Spiritual Care Services at Geisinger Holy Spirit.
Participation is free, but registration is requested. To register, readers may call 717-763-2118.
Series To Address Opioid Epidemic September 7, 2018
Lancaster County Joining Forces (LCJF), in partnership with Compass Mark and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, will present a free, three-part series addressing the opioid epidemic in Lancaster County. All sessions are free to attend and will take place on select Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Alliance Church of Elizabethtown, 425 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown.
The lecture series will kick off on Sept. 25 with Jack Sodak of Retreat at Lancaster County sharing on "Addiction - A Disease of the Mind and Body." On Oct. 9, Joel Jakubowski will speak on "How to Help a Loved One Struggling With Drug Use." The series will conclude on Oct. 23 as Deb McCoy of Compass Mark presents "How to Talk to Children About Drugs." To register for any or all of the sessions, interested individuals may visit www.lancasterjoiningforces.org.
According to Rosemary Search, health promotion specialist with Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, LCJF launched as a community collaborative in 2017 with a primary aim of supporting and coordinating countywide efforts to reduce the number of deaths from overdoses of heroin and other opioids. LCJF brings key stakeholders and community members together to strengthen existing initiatives across all sectors, identify and address gaps in services and resources, and implement strategies for prevention, intervention, and monitoring.
"Opioid-related overdose deaths constitute a serious public health concern across the United States," stated Search. The United States federal government declared a national public health emergency in October 2017, with Pennsylvania declaring a statewide disaster emergency in January 2018.
"Lancaster County is not alone in this crisis, but it displays a higher rate of drug-related overdose deaths than the nationwide average," said Search, noting that more than 160 Lancastrians died from accidental overdose in 2017. "The opioid crisis is not a problem happening 'somewhere else,' nor is it limited to our nation's cities or among certain socioeconomic populations," Search emphasized.
Lancaster County is not only well-known for things like its agriculture and natural beauty, Search noted, but also for the way that its people come together to address the needs of the community. "Joining Forces is just the latest example - in this case bringing together dozens of organizations to develop and implement a comprehensive plan for opioid abuse prevention and help for those trapped in addiction," said Search.
LCJF strives to implement a continuum of care with an emphasis on both broad, community-based education and awareness and the promotion of healthy lifestyles, while also connecting people who are experiencing addiction to appropriate treatment and recovery support. Some of the organization's efforts include producing and distributing more than 93,000 brochures about opioid addiction and how to get help throughout the county and working with schools. LCJF currently offers evidence-based prevention programming in 13 school districts.
In the first three months of 2018, Lancaster County's rate of overdose deaths was down 20 percent from 2017, according to Search. "Early data from April through May suggests that rate of overdose deaths continues to head downward," said Search. "While it is too soon to say if this is a definite trend, we can say that this coordinated response to our county's opioid crisis exemplifies the concern and compassion we all share for the health and wellbeing of our fellow citizens."
Individuals who would like to learn more about hosting a presentation or series of presentations through LCJF may contact Sue Lackmann at 717-544-3284 or email@example.com.
GriefShare Sessions Planned September 5, 2018
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 397 Tyler Run Road, York, will offer the support group GriefShare on Mondays from Sept. 17 to Dec. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Those experiencing the loss of a loved one are invited. The purpose of the group is to offer support, encouragement, and understanding to help individuals deal with grief.
There is a small fee to cover the cost of materials; scholarships are available. Individuals are asked to register by calling the church office at 717-854-4276 or visiting www.aldersgateyork.com.
Support Groups Will Meet August 30, 2018
Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will offer support groups to the community. There is no cost to attend.
The Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. The group is open to anyone who serves as a caregiver to a loved one. For directions and to register, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.
The Bereavement Support Group will meet on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor. Refreshments will be served. For more information, readers may contact Heidi Young at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.
GSV Offers Support Groups August 29, 2018
Garden Spot Village (GSV), 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will offer several support groups in September. Support groups are free and open to the public.
The Living with Loss Support Group will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Board Room. The Center for Loss and Life Transition will sponsor a conversation surrounding the topic, "Mustering the Courage to Mourn." The group is for persons who have experienced the death of a spouse or family member. The group's focus is support and education. For more information, readers may call Jenny Snyder at 717-355-6259 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musical Memories will meet on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Musical Memories is a unique musical program for individuals with Alzheimer's or Dementia and their caregiver. The program provides an opportunity for individuals experiencing the symptoms of dementia to spend an afternoon with family members or a caregiver. For more information and to register, readers may contact 717-355-6500.
The Alzheimer's Association and GSV will co-sponsor a support group for family caregivers of persons with dementia, which will meet on Monday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Concord Room. Barbara Reed will share her personal journey as the caregiver for her husband. Upon advance request, free respite care in Adult Day Services will be available during this group meeting time for those who are currently enrolled in GSV Adult Day Services. First-time attendees are asked to contact Marcia Parsons at 717-355-6239 or email@example.com.
The Low Vision Support Group will meet on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m. in the Garden Towers. Stephanie Snader, WellSpan dietician, will present, "Nutrition and Vision: How Diet Influences Eye Disease." 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, Sept. 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Village Square Theater. The meeting will include a presentation titled "The Wonder of Music in Calming Tremors," by Campassus Hospice. Live music will be part of the presentation. Free resources from the National Parkinson's Foundation are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recovery Group To Begin August 29, 2018
Human Life Services (HLS), 742 S. George St., York, offers post-abortion recovery support in group settings and one-on-one. A recovery group will begin in October.
For more details on the new group, readers may call 717-846-2384, ext. 31, or email email@example.com. All interactions will be kept strictly confidential.
HLS also serves men and women in unplanned pregnancy situations by providing free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and prenatal and parenting education. The organization is a nonprofit, life-affirming, faith-based organization. All services are confidential and at no cost.
Readers may visit www.here4uyork.com for more information.
Support Group Meeting Posted August 29, 2018
Dover Bethany United Methodist Church (UMC), 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will host a dementia/Alzheimer's support group meeting on Monday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Candy Yingling from the Alzheimer's Association. The group is for people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.
Readers with questions may call the church at 717-292-2716.
Memory Loss Support Group To Meet August 16, 2018
The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 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 "Family Dynamics When Caring for a Loved One."
Memory Loss Group To Meet August 14, 2018
The Memory Loss Support Group for caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Landis Homes Retirement Community, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. Kristin Jones, B.S.W., information and referral care supervisor with the Lancaster County Office of Aging, will speak on "Resources Available in the Community and Through the Office of Aging." The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Warwick Room of The Heritage, the special care center at Landis Homes.
The public is invited to attend. The group operates in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. For more information, readers may call Landis Homes 717-581-3939.
Church Sets GriefShare Sessions August 14, 2018
Bethel Church, 1674 Furnace Road, Brogue, will host GriefShare from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays starting Sept. 6.
GriefShare is a weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. Attendees will learn information about recovering from grief and renewing hope for the future.
The church is located on Route 425, south of New Bridgeville. For more information, readers may call Gloria Kline at 717-244-5237 or Darlene Kauffman at 717-927-9117, or they may contact pastor Kimberly Cartwright at 717-927-9380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkinson's Support Group Will Meet August 14, 2018
The Parkinson's Support Group at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will meet on Monday, Aug. 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Village Square Theater. The meeting will include a "Fall Prevention Tips" presentation by physical therapist Johnson Martin.
The support group is open to all persons with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers, family members and friends. Free resources from the National Parkinson's Foundation are available at the group's monthly meetings.
For more information, contact Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or email@example.com.
Rising Together Group Slated August 10, 2018
Samaritan Counseling Center's Safe Places program will start a six-week group called Rising Together on Monday, Aug. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Samaritan Counseling Center, 1803 Oregon Pike, Lancaster. The group is for parents and caregivers of children who have been sexually abused.
Trauma-trained therapist Lisa Hanna Witmer will facilitate the group, which will focus on the impact of abuse on the survivor and the family. Through guided discussion and shared activites, participants will explore topics including trauma response, grief and loss, necessary changes, and family impact. Rising Together aims to offer a place for attendees to express faith, experience community, and know that they are not alone in their experiences.
Registration is required, and separate costs have been set per person and per couple. To register, readers may visit http://scclanc.org/events/. Those with questions may contact Lizz Durbin at 717-560-9969, ext. 254.
Local Support Groups Posted August 8, 2018
Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will offer two support groups in August. Support groups are free and open to the public.
The Low Vision Support Group will meet on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 3 p.m. in the Gardens Towers. A presentation on "Inflammatory Conditions and the Eye" will be provided.
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 details, readers may call Mary Beth Villafane at 717-355-6010.
The Alzheimer's Association and Garden Spot Village co-sponsor a support group for family caregivers of persons with dementia. The Caregivers' Support Group will meet on Monday, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m. in the Concord Room. The program will feature an open discussion, and attendees are asked to bring questions, concerns, and comments to the meeting.
Upon advance request, free respite care in Adult Day Services is available during the group meeting time if attendees are currently enrolled in Garden Spot Village Adult Day Services. First-time attendees are asked to contact Marcia Parsons at 717-355-6239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education, Support Groups Slated August 6, 2018
Geisinger Holy Spirit hosts two free ongoing education and support groups for people with diabetes and those at risk for developing the disease.
Geisinger Health and Wellness staff offer a diabetes prevention program on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Dillsburg Senior Center, 1 N. Second St., Dillsburg. This interactive group helps participants make healthy lifestyle changes that can prevent diabetes. Caregivers, family members and friends are welcome to attend. To register, readers may call 866-415-7138.
"A Touch of Sugar," Geisinger Holy Spirit's diabetes support group, meets the second Monday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. at Wegmans on Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg. Upcoming topics will include Mindful Eating on Aug. 13 and When to Call 9-1-1 on Sept. 10. Registration is not required. Caregivers, family members and friends are welcome to attend. For more information, readers may call 717-763-2466.
Geisinger Holy Spirit also hosts two free ongoing support groups to promote respiratory health and encourage those who want to stop smoking.
The American Lung Association's Better Breathers Club provides support for people with chronic lung diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and their loved ones. Participants will learn how to manage their conditions and connect with resources and activities in the community that can help manage day-to-day life.
Geisinger Holy Spirit's smoking cessation support group promotes and encourages a healthy smoke-free lifestyle. Research shows that most smokers make up to nine attempts to quit before succeeding, and that group support can improve the success rate for those seeking to quit.
Both groups meet the first Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Ortenzio Heart Center at Geisinger Holy Spirit, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill. Both groups are free and open to the public and no registration is required. For more information, readers may call 717-763-2775.
Support Group Meeting Planned August 2, 2018
Dover Bethany United Methodist Church (UMC), 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will host a dementia/Alzheimer's support group meeting on Monday, Aug. 13. The group meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m.
Individuals who are interested in learning more about dementia and Alzheimer's, as well as how to care for loved ones who have these diseases, are welcome to attend. Readers with questions may call the church at 717-292-2716.