MIdcoast health news, Sept. 22, 2011

Posted Sept. 19, 2011, at 8:51 p.m.

Heart failure classes

BELFAST — Have you been diagnosed with heart failure? Want to learn some skills to help you better manage your condition and connect with others who also have heart failure?

A series of educational classes, known as “The Beat Goes On!,” will be offered 1:30-3 p.m. Thursdays between Sept. 29 and Oct. 27. The series will cover the following topics:

• Sept. 29 — “You Can Do This: Self-Management Skills for Living Well with Heart Failure,” led by Deb Czuchra;

• Oct. 6 — “Eating Well with Heart Failure: Get the Low Down on Salt,” led by Jen Nelson;

• Oct. 13 — “Pills and Me: Understanding the World of Health Failure Medications,” led by Nancy Nystrom;

• Oct. 20 — “Pump it Up: Exercising with Heart Failure,” led by Teri Blackadar; and

• Oct. 27 — “Ahhhh: Managing the Stress of Heart Failure,” led by Jo-Ann Whiting.

The classes will be held in the second floor conference room of the new building at 125 Northport Ave. across from the Waldo Community General Hospital.

Call Barbara Crowley at 930-2650 or email her at bcrowley@wcgh.org for more information or to register.

Eating healthy

ROCKLAND — Join Registered Dietitian Jane Bennett for a class on ‘eating healthy on a budget.’ It will be held 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 26, Oct. 3 and 10, on the second floor of Bok Medical Building (across from Rockland Library)

22 White St. This class is perfect for folks with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or those who just want ideas about how to improve their diet. Bennett will have lots of information to share, while gearing the discussion to what the participants want to learn.

The class, hosted by the Knox County Health Clinic, is free, with donations gratefully accepted. For more information, call 594-6991.

Hospice volunteers auction

BELFAST — An auction to benefit Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County is being held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Hutchinson Centre/ U Maine on Route 3/ Belmont Avenue.

The Silent Auction is 5-7 p.m. with a Live Auction with auctioneer Rosie Gerry starting at 7.30.

Entertainment will be provided by Tango (Kristen Burkholder & Martin Gotlieb).

There will be a cash bar with complimentary food.

Tribute to seniors

BELFAST —The Waldo County Triad is planning a Tribute to Seniors Day at 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the Waldo County YMCA. Triad is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of programs, activities, and educational materials that will enhance the well being of Waldo County’s senior population.

The Tribute to Seniors Day at the Waldo County YMCA, Route 52, will present a variety of programs intended to address these goals. More information on presentations will be available in coming weeks. This Tribute to Seniors is directed at people 50 years of age and older.

All events will be free, and will include exhibits, demonstrations, screenings, presentations, drug turn-ins, and drawings for prizes. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., all 30-minute presentations will continue through noon with several programs being repeated.

A complete lunch will be available for $5.

Blood drive sites

The American Red Cross, Northern New England Blood Services Region will hold blood drives in cities and towns throughout Maine. All eligible and new blood donors are encouraged to give blood. Donors are needed every day to make sure there is an adequate blood supply for patients in need. All presenting donors in October can enter to win a seven day cruise for two from Boston to Bermuda aboard the Norwegian Dawn. Prize is not redeemable for cash and non-transferable.

Sites include:

• Oct. 21: Belfast Masonic Lodge, 2-7 p.m.

New role for incorporators

ROCKPORT — The new Pen Bay Healthcare Community Advisory Council held their first meeting on Aug. 18 at the Hanley Center. This group of community members, formerly known as Pen Bay’s Incorporators, heard reports from Pen Bay CEO Roy Hitchings, discussed progress on hospice house plans and listened to an update on cancer care from Dr. Nadia Ramdin, medical director of Pen Bay’s Cancer Care Center.

Rendle Jones, a past president of Pen Bay’s board of trustees, chaired the meeting. He noted that the council’s mission is to provide guidance and input to the board of trustees of Pen Bay Healthcare through community members.

Community Advisory Council members will give input and advice on community needs and priorities. They will be eligible to participate on the Pen Bay Healthcare board and associated committees, support Pen Bay with fundraising activities and serve as informed ambassadors. The council will meet two or three times a year to advise on specific issues such as board nominees and officers, the hospital’s financial status, healthcare reform, and key strategic and operational issues.

To learn more about this group or to attend a meeting, contact Anna Moorman,

Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation, at 594-6707.

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