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Support Groups Will Meet July 12, 2018

Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will offer support groups to the community. There is no cost to attend.

The Bereavement Support Group will meet on Thursday, Aug. 16, 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.

The Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in 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.

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Group Sponsors Service Dog July 12, 2018

"Isn't he handsome?" Erika Herold practically gushed. Herold's praise was not for a significant other or family member. Rather, it was bestowed on 6-month-old yellow Labrador named Woody who was happily rolling in the grass at Herold's feet.

Herold, a logistics analyst at Woodstream Corporation in Lititz, and other Woodstream employees raised $5,000 to sponsor Woody to become a United Disabilities Services Foundation (UDS) service dog. Woody is several months into the BARKS Prison Program, through which he is being trained by an inmate at Moshannon Valley Correction Center in Phillipsburg. While at the prison, Woody is living with his inmate handler around the clock. The inmate training program has proven to be successful. Normally, inmates teach puppies up to 50 commands, but many dogs are reaching that goal ahead of schedule.

On June 8, Woody, accompanied by UDS staff accountant Mary Langton, visited Woody's sponsors when the corporation held a company picnic at its facility. Langton said that Woody will spend a total of 18 months working with a designated inmate. "Woody will come back to us for (his) final six months of training to refine the skills he will need to (work with) the client he is chosen (to serve)," explained Langton. Langton is pleased with Woody's progress so far. "He is very smart, and he seems to bond quickly," she said. As Woody lolled in the grass and employee sponsors rubbed his stomach, Langton noted, "He is not afraid of crowds."

Herold met Woody for the first time when UDS held a sponsor meet-and-greet event just before Woody left for Moshannon. "This is the first time we have sponsored a service dog," said Herold, adding that the idea was brought to the company by an employee whose spouse is associated with UDS. During the training period, Herold receives updates concerning Woody, which she passes along to employees.

One of the privileges sponsors appreciate is the honor of helping to choose a moniker for their designated pup. "We had a company contest to name him," said Herold, who passed along the three suggestions that received the most votes to UDS. "(Because UDS staff members) don't know what disabilities the person he is matched with will have, they consider names for how easily they can be pronounced, so his name will work with anyone who is assigned to him," Herold said, adding that she was glad "Woody" was chosen because it reflects the company name.

Herold said that when company staff first heard about the service dog sponsorship program, they were intrigued. "We said, 'Wow, this is something we want to do,'" she shared. "It's a win-win." Herold explained that the employee sponsors were happy to know they are helping the inmate who is training the dog because that person receives the opportunity to become certified as a trainer and gain competence in an area. "When he comes out (of prison, the inmate) has training to (work with) service dogs. It gives him a niche skill," said Herold.

Of course, Herold is most excited about the chance Woody has to positively affect the life of a person with a disability. "He is going to be a lifeline," said Herold. "(Woody) will affect not just the person, but their whole family, and he can give someone their life back. That gives me chills."

Herold is looking forward to the road ahead as Woody grows and learns the skills he will need to be a service dog. "Our sponsorship is for two years, and at the end we get to go to his graduation," said Herold. "What really touches me is that it is a long program that will have an effect for years down the road."

Readers who would like to learn more about UDS may visit www.udservices.org.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet July 12, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 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 "When to Consider a Nursing Home."

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet July 11, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, will meet at 7 p.m. on on Tuesday, July 31, in the Warwick Room of The Heritage. The topic for the evening will be "Dietary and Nutritional Considerations for Persons with Dementia" presented by Haley Irvine, registered dietitian at Landis Homes.

The meeting is open to caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia. 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.

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Cancer Support Group To Meet July 5, 2018

WellSpan will host a Cancer Support Group from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, at the WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road, Ephrata. The group shares information, offers support, and provides resources and strategies for those living with cancer and their caregivers.

The group is open to the community. No preregistration is required. For more information, readers may call 717-721-4835.

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Memory Loss Group To Meet July 3, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group will meet on Monday, July 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room at Lancaster General Health Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. A program on "The Nuts and Bolts of Medicaid" will be presented.

For information, readers may call Shelby Swartley at 717-544-3280.

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Support Group Slates Meeting July 3, 2018

The Lancaster Lewy Body Dementia Support Group will meet on Tuesday, July 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room at the LGHP Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. A doctor will speak on "Parkinsonism, What Does This Include?"

The group is open to persons with Lewy body dementia and their care partners. Registration is required by calling 717-544-3539.

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Support Group Slates Meeting July 3, 2018

The Penn State Cancer Institute Bladder Cancer Support Group will hold a meeting at Penn State Medical Center, University Conference Center, Campus Drive, Hershey, on Saturday, July 14, at 10 a.m.

The meeting will feature the department from Penn State Cancer Institute Center Stage Arts in Health, which will present the program "Music in Rhythm."

All Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute bladder cancer patients and family members are invited. For more information, readers may contact Theda at 717-531-3038 or tshaw1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

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GSV Posts Support Groups June 26, 2018

Garden Spot Village (GSV), 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, has posted two upcoming events.

The Essential Tremor Support Group will meet on Thursday, July 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the board room. Guest speaker Elaine Carrigan will discuss the value of music therapy as a nonmedical intervention in calming essential tremors. Carrigan will share stories as well. Individuals with essential tremors and their families and friends are invited to attend this free event. This quarterly support group is affiliated with the International Essential Tremor Foundation. For more information, readers may call Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or email slapp@gardenspotvillage.org.

The Low Vision Support Group will meet on July 12 at 3 p.m. in the Gardens Towers. Dr. Dan Strybos will present an update about macular degeneration. The group is designed to provide information and support to enhance independence for persons with any kind of visual losses. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, readers may call Mary Beth Villafane at 717-355-6010.

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Caregiver Group Slates Meeting June 25, 2018

The Alzheimer's Association and Garden Spot Village co-sponsor a support group for family caregivers of persons with dementia. The next meeting will be held on Monday, July 9, at 10 a.m. in the Concord Room at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer, Ave., New Holland.

Guest speaker Jan Mills, who has a Master of Social Work, will provide suggestions and tools for building and keeping healthy family relationships while dealing with a loved one who has dementia. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions, concerns, and comments about caring for loved ones.

Upon advance request, free respite care is available during this group meeting time for individuals currently enrolled in Garden Spot Village Adult Day Services. Individuals attending for the first time are asked to contact Marcia Parsons at 717-355-6239 or mparsons@gardenspotvillage.org.

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Memory Cafe Support Group Sets Meeting June 21, 2018

A new Memory Cafe group will meet on Thursday, June 28, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Geneva Cafe, 6030 Lemon St., East Petersburg. It will continue to meet on the fourth Thursday of each month. The Memory Cafe is an informal support group for individuals diagnosed with early stage dementia and their family members and friends.

Registration is not necessary. For additional information, call 717-544-3539.

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Support Group Meetings Slated June 13, 2018

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

Caregivers are invited to attend an open forum meeting of the Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group on Tuesday, July 17. 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. There is no cost to attend. For directions and to preregister, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.

Those who have lost a loved one are welcome to attend the monthly meeting of the Bereavement Support Group on Thursday, July 12, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This meeting will take place in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor. Refreshments are served, and there is no cost to attend. For more information, readers may call Heidi Young, bereavement coordinator, at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.

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Memory Support Group To Meet June 12, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, in the Warwick Room of the Heritage. The topic for the evening will be "Journaling the Journey - Gripes, Grace and Gratitude - Using Journaling to Support You as a Caregiver," presented by Kathleen King.

The meeting is open to caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia. 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.

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Parkinson's Support Group Will Meet June 7, 2018

The next meeting of the Lancaster County Parkinson's Support Group will be held on Monday, June 18, at 2 p.m. in the Westview Community Room at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz.

The topic will be "The Effects of Parkinson's Disease on Families" presented as a panel discussion. The presentation will be followed by a time of questions and answers, refreshments, and informal discussion.

The monthly meetings are designed for education and support for persons diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and their families. The Lancaster 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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Support Group To Meet June 1, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group will meet on Monday, June 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at Lancaster General Health Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, located on Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster. The evening will feature a time of open sharing among attendees

The group meets on the second Monday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For information, readers may call Shelby Swartley at 717-544-3280.

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Support Group Meetings Set May 29, 2018

The Chester County Blind Association will offer two support group meetings for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Meetings will be held on Wednesday, June 13, at 11 a.m. at Olivet Methodist Church, 310 E. Chestnut St., Coatesville, and on Thursday, June 14, at 10 a.m. at West Chester United Methodist Church, 129 S. High St., West Chester.

For details about either group, contact 610-384-2767 or info@chescoblind.org.

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Garden Spot Village Posts Programs May 23, 2018

Garden Spot Village (GSV), 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, has posted several upcoming events.

GSV will host Musical Memories on Saturday, June 2, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the chapel. The musical program is for individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia and their caregiver. The event will provide an opportunity for individuals experiencing the symptoms of dementia to spend a musical afternoon with family members or a caregiver. For more information and to register, readers may contact 717-355-6500.

The Living With Loss Support Group will meet on Wednesday, June 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the board room. GSV chaplains Chet Yoder, Marian Harnish, and Ken Martin will facilitate a conversation. The Living With Loss group is for persons who have experienced the death of a spouse or family member. For more information, readers may call Jenny Snyder at 717-355-6259 or email jsnyder@gardenspotvillage.org.

The Alzheimer's Association and GSV will host a Caregivers Support Group on Monday, June 11, at 10 a.m. in the Concord Room. This meeting will be an open discussion. Attendees may bring their questions, concerns, and comments about caring for their loved one. The group is for family caregivers of persons with dementia. By prior arrangement, free respite care may be available for this meeting by calling GSV Adult Day Services. For more information, readers may contact Marcia Parsons at 717-355-6239 or mparsons@gardenspotvillage.org.

The Parkinson's Support Group will meet on Monday, June 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Village Square Theater. Bill Parson, certified senior adviser, will present "Paying for Care: Navigating Medicare, LTC, Advantage Plans and More." Free resources 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 call Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or email slapp@gardenspotvillage.org.

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Teeing Off For A Good Cause May 22, 2018

Naaman Center Plans Golf Tournament

A four-person scramble golf tournament to benefit the efforts of Naaman Center, a drug and alcohol treatment facility, will be held on Friday, July 13, at Par Line Golf Course, 4545 E. Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown. Registration for the 26th annual event will begin at 7 a.m., and golfers will take to the green with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The tournament is open to the first 144 golfers. Interested individuals may email sschedler@naamancenter.com by Friday, June 29, to register. Entry forms may also be downloaded at www.naamancenter.com. The entry fee will include green fees and golf cart rental, a continental breakfast and refreshments during the tournament, the opportunity to win one of several prizes, and a complimentary post-tournament luncheon at 1 p.m.

An awards ceremony will take place during the luncheon. Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams in the open division, as well as in the 65-plus division. Additional prizes will be distributed to the top women's team, the top mixed group, and the top church team with a pastor participating. Plus, this year golfers will have the chance to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle by sinking a hole-in-one on the hole designated by course officials.

Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available, including a platinum sponsorship level, which will include full-page recognition in the printed materials distributed to each player, a banner display at registration or a hole on the course, and eight golfer entries. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, readers may email sschedler@naamancenter.com.

Naaman Center is a nonprofit, faith-based drug and alcohol treatment center that provides intensive outpatient drug and alcohol abuse treatment, including individual, family, and group counseling, along with drug and alcohol evaluations. The organization currently operates treatment centers in Elizabethtown, Elizabethville, Gap, Lancaster, and Quarryville.

As stated on www.naamancenter.com, Naaman Center believes that "all persons are created in the image of God, endowed with dignity and worth. We believe that a relationship with Jesus Christ is necessary for ultimate healing and wholeness. We seek to provide services to persons who desire recovery in a loving relationship where Jesus Christ is the source of their recovery and growth."

To learn more, readers may call 888-243-4316 or visit www.naamancenter.com.

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Support Groups Will Meet May 17, 2018

The 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, June 19, 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, June 21, 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.

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Ride, After-Party To Support Breast Cancer Survivors May 15, 2018

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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