Great Bangor health news, Aug. 18, 2011

Posted Aug. 16, 2011, at 7:27 p.m.

Dealing with memory loss

BANGOR, Maine — “Helpful Tips for Families Dealing with Memory Loss and Dementia” will be presented by Jamie Boyington, licensed clinical social worker.

The program is set for 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at Winterberry Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care Community at 932 Ohio St.

Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to attend the free program. For information, call 942-6002.

Hospice supervisor

BANGOR, Maine — Hospice of Eastern Maine has welcomed Erin Kerns, licensed clinical social worker, as Hospice Team supervisor.

“Erin has been providing excellent care to our hospice patients for five years,” said Elise Senecal, clinical manager. “She had a desire to take her position to the next level and we are pleased to have her in this capacity.”

Kerns earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maine. When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family.

“I am passionate about hospice care,” said Kerns. “I look forward to expanding beyond the services I provide to patients and families as their social worker, and taking our entire hospice program to the next level.”

Hospice of Eastern Maine and Bangor Area Visiting Nurses’ services now extend into central Maine. Last year their caring staff drove 293,983 miles to provide 27,433 visits to more than 1,550 home care and hospice patients and their families. Although home care

services are paid for by public and private sources, or directly by patients and their families, tax-exempt donations help cover the cost of care provided to the uninsured or underinsured.

A part of the Eastern Maine HomeCare Family, and a member of Eastern Maine Healthcare Services, Bangor Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice of Eastern Maine work to ensure that the highest quality home care and hospice are available to those who need it. For more information, visit http://www.easternmainehomecare.org or call the EMHC Patient Referral Line toll-free at 866-591-8843.

Alzheimer’s fundraiser

BANGOR, Maine — Westgate Manor will host its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association on Thursday, Sept. 15.

The dinner will take place 4:30-6:30 p.m. and a silent auction 4:30-6:45 p.m. at the Bangor Elks Club, 108 Odlin Road. The price for an adult meal is $7, seniors and children 12-18 years $5, children under 12 pay $3. All profits benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

Westgate Manor is a nursing and rehabilitation center that provides short-term rehabilitative care, long-term care, residential care, respite care and adult day services. The facility supports the Alzheimer’s Association and will have a team at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Hollywood Slots Raceway in Bass Park.

Westgate Manor is part of Kindred Healthcare, which is a Platinum National Team member for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Kindred Healthcare received the Alzheimer’s Association Corporate Award in May at the Rita Hayworth Gala. The Corporate Award recognizes a company or organization for its support and dedication in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information, contact Tammy Leland at 942-7336

New support group

BANGOR, Maine — Rape Response Services is organizing a fall support group for female survivors of sexual violence. For information, contact Kait Read at 973-3589 or email rrsinfo@penquis.org. Time and dates for the support group have yet to be determined.

Chiropractic office

BREWER, Maine — Dr. Patrick Healy, a graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, held a grand opening for his chiropractic office on Aug. 15 at 270 Wilson St. A sign unveiling and ribbon cutting included participation by the mayor of Brewer and representatives of the Brewer City Council and the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.

Healy was born in Bangor and raised in Holden. He graduated from John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor and earned a degree in biology from the University of Maine.

After studying chiropractic in St. Louis, he said, he was drawn back to Maine by the people, scenery and his family. Healy chose to open a practice in Brewer to help his colleagues in the area provide the people of Maine with the highest quality health care, he said.

Healy Chiropractic strives to meet the needs of patients in the Bangor-Brewer area by offering comprehensive chiropractic care, which often includes physiotherapy and active rehabilitation. Healy has a background in science and a strong holistic philosophy that are both facets of the care he provides.

For more information about Healy Chiropractic, call 989-4401 or visit www.healychiro.com.

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