Midcoast area health news, Aug. 25, 2011

Posted Aug. 22, 2011, at 10:17 p.m.

Hospice volunteer training

ROCKPORT — For anyone interested in companioning hospice patients, Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers will begin a nine-week training class starting at 1-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the organization’s office. While the 30-hour course is comprehensive, the aim is simple: to prepare anyone to walk into an end-of-life situation and be poised, present, and ready to help. Applications are due Sept. 1.

Hospice care embraces the whole person and his or her family during a terminal illness, providing spiritual, social, emotional and physical support. While the bulk of professional hospice services in this area is provided through Kno-Wal-Lin Homecare and Hospice, Coastal Family Hospice is the community’s link to volunteer assistance and bereavement support.

For more information or to request an application, call 593-9355 or email coastalfamilyhospicevolunteers@gmail.com.

Holistic health for pets

DAMARISCOTTA — What does holistic health mean for your pet and how can traditional Chinese veterinary medicine/acupuncture help? At 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, National Holistic Pet Day 2011, Dr. Kjersten Morrison will be at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St., for an interactive discussion about why it is important for guardians to evaluate their pet’s diet, lifestyle and environment in order to promote a healthy life. Morrison will also discuss the role that acupuncture and herbal medicine can play in the treatment of disease once problems arise.

National Holistic Pet Day is a day for people to unite and celebrate the use of natural and holistic treatments for pets. What better way to celebrate and to learn about holistic health for your pet then by registering for and coming to Morrison’s Aug. 30 workshop? To reserve you seat, call 563-1363 by Aug. 29. Participant fee is $5. Leave your pets at home.

New support group for mothers

ROCKLAND — How do you manage your many tasks as a mother and still find time for yourself and your relationships? This is the age-old challenge.

Sound familiar? Whether you are a stay-at-home mother, parenting stepchildren, working outside the home, parenting alone, in transition or a combination of all of this and more —balance and space to breathe is the goal.

Meet with other mothers to share the conversation. Being Mom, Being Me….Creating the Balance will meet 6:30-8 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Picker Family Resource Center. The first meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 12.

There is no cost to attend the drop-in group. The group will be led by Wendelanne Augunas and Robin Spear, local counselors who also are moms.

For more information, call Wendelanne at 596-8955.

Ayurvedic medicine examined

PALERMO — On Friday, Aug. 26, Deborah Keene of Liberty will speak about one of the world’s oldest medical disciplines, Ayurveda. More than 5,000 years ago, Ayurvedic medicine was developed in India, and is still in widespread practice today. Keene recently returned from a journey to India to seek more knowledge about the underlying theories and practices of Ayurveda, and she will share this with all who plan to attend the monthly dinner-and-a-movie night at the Palermo Community Center on Turner Ridge at Veterans Way. The potluck dinner begins at 6 p.m., to be followed by Keene’s presentation and a question-and-answer session. For more information, call Connie at 993-2294.

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