April 26, 2018
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BELFAST — Waldo County General Hospital has a new nephrologist, who will be on board full time Sept. 16. Dr. Mark Vannorsdall, board certified in internal medicine and nephrology, will work with dialysis patients and will see patients one or two days each week at the hospital, and occasionally at Pen Bay Medical Center.

Vannorsdall, who did both a residency and a fellowship at Maine Medical Center in Portland, practiced at Eastern Nephrology Associates in Greenville, N.C., for the past 10 years. While there, he became the medical director and developed an interventional nephrology fellowship training program. Before entering medical school at Brown University in 1992, he worked in business but decided to attend medical school because he liked the science of medicine and the challenge of helping people with complex medical conditions.

Vannorsdall said he always wanted to return to Maine with his family after his training in Portland. For more information, call 930-6721.

Ostomy group meeting

ROCKLAND — The Midcoast Ostomy Group, a support group for anyone who has had, or will have, ostomy surgery, will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Jensen’s Pharmacy, 91 Camden St. , Rockland. Pharmacist Curtis Jensen will answer questions about how medications can affect ostomies. This is a change in location for the September meeting only. Family members, friends and interested people are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Wally at 563-8163 or Elaine at 785-5547.

Flu shots

ROCKPORT — A flu clinic will be held 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Rockport Town Office. Bring Medicare card for no charge. The cost to others is $25. For more information, call Camden Area District Nursing at 230-6272 or Rosemary Winslow at 763-3343.

Fall prevention program

DAMARSICOTTA — Spectrum Generations’ Coastal Community Center in partnership with The Lincoln Home, will offer Healthy Choices for ME’s eight-week Matter of Balance Program designed to help people manage concerns about falling and enhance their ability to live life on one’s own terms by changing mindsets.

The series will be co-facilitated by Matter of Balance lay leaders and Jeannie MacLeod and Penny Winship with the assistance of master trainers Nancy Moffatt and Sally Johns, and the physical therapy staff of Lincoln County Healthcare.

Sessions will be held at 9:30 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 23-Oct. 28. Registration and sign-in will take place at 9 a.m. Sept. 23. The weekly workshop continues for eight weeks. Graduates will receive a certificate of completion.

The fee for the seminar is $10 with an optional materials fee of $20, which includes notebook, work and fact sheets. To register call 563-1363 by Wednesday, Sept. 21.

MS support group

ROCKLAND — Dr. Alexandra L. Degenhardt will be the guest speaker at a meeting of Keep S’myelin’s at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. Keep S’myelin, an awareness group for those with multiple sclerosis, their families, caregivers and friends meets at 3:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice, 170 Pleasant St. Keep S’myelin is affiliated with the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

For more information, call Tom at 354-0285 or Brian at 236-2307.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

ROCKLAND — In the United States, an estimated 5.4 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and someone develops the disease every 69 seconds. Unless something is done, as many as 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s in 2050 and someone will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

Since 1989, Maine residents have joined the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research.

Last year’s Maine walk raised more than $365,000.

The Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland and Quarry Hill in Camden are supporters of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and are in need of walkers for this year’s walk, Saturday, Sept. 24. Registration will be at 9 a.m., and the walk will start at 10 a.m. The route is 4 miles long.

For more information, call Sara Hatfield at 594-6850.

Naturopathic medicine

DAMARISCOTTA — Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center at 521 Main St. will hold its weekly Lunch and Learn Program on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The luncheon begins at 11:15 a.m. After the luncheon, Dr. Anne Jacobs will discuss the benefits of combining ancient and modern medicine as a way to provide health, healing and wholeness. Jacobs will discuss use of naturopathic and Chinese medicine as ways to optimize the body’s healing process.

Jacobs attended the National College of Natural Medicine, where she received her Naturopathic Doctor and Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degrees. She completed internship and residency at An Hao Natural Health Center, a part of the Institute for Traditional Medicine, in Portland, Ore.

Jacobs has a private practice in the Damariscotta area, where she lives with her husband and two children. She also works in Augusta, where she is on the medical staff at Maine General and works at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care.

Advanced luncheon reservations are required. Call 563-1363 to make your reservations and entree selection (Mediterranean fish or Swedish meatballs). The suggested donation is $4 per person for luncheon guests who are disabled or over 60. All others the cost is $6.

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