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Midcoast Beacon health news for Oct. 13

Food to fight cancer

BELFAST — Food for Life instructor MiMi McGee will explore how a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, grain and legumes can increase survival rates for those diagnosed with breast cancer 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the Education Center at Waldo County General Hospital. She will provide information on how various foods and other factors affect breast cancer risk, prevention and prognosis. The findings are drawn exclusively from scientific studies and updated as new research becomes available. The goal is to provide breast cancer patients, survivors and those at high risk for breast cancer with information to help them prevent and survive breast cancer.

Participants will enjoy cooking demonstrations, taste healthful, delicious dishes and share experiences in a supportive group setting. The class is free.

To register, call Barbara Crowley at 930-2650 or email

Caregiver classes

BELFAST — Waldo County General Hospital is offering a free program, “So Your Family Members and Friends are Getting Older,” 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 19 and 26, and Nov. 2. The program will include information on community services that are available to help care for a loved one whose health is in decline or may need extra help with daily living. These range from home health services to adult day care to assisted living and nursing homes. Learn about advanced health care directives, Medicare forms, palliative care (relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness), hospice and bereavement services. To register for the program, call 930-2650 or email

Health film

BELFAST — “Forks over Knives,” a film describing the health costs of a typical meat-based U.S. diet, will be shown at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Abbott Room, at the Belfast Free Library. It is the second feature of the fall third-Wednesday film series sponsored by the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County.

The film, sponsored by Peace and Justice Group of Waldo, is free and open to all, with donations appreciated. A short discussion will follow the film. For more information, call 525-7776.

Tribute to Seniors Day

BELFAST — Senior members of the community are invited to participate in a varied program of events including exhibits, demonstrations, screenings and presentations intended to update their abilities to stay in their homes. The event, sponsored by Triad and the Waldo County YMCA, will be held Friday, Oct. 14, at the YMCA, Lincolnville Avenue in Belfast.

The schedule is:

• 10:30 a.m., “Medicare Annual Enrollment: What’s New and How It May Affect You” with Karen Crum, consumer information specialist, Spectrum Generations.

• 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. “Don’t Be A Victim of Fraud” with Trooper Pat Hood, Maine State Police.

• 11 a.m. “Improving Balance” with Tamara Blades, fitness director, Waldo County YMCA.

• 11:30 a.m. and noon, “Building a Healthier Heart” with Dr. Dennis DeSilvey, cardiologist, Waldo County General Hospital.

• 11:30 and noon “Alone and Invisible No More” with Dr. Chip Teel, creator of a program to allow older people to remain in their homes safely.

Throughout the event there will be opportunities to turn in unwanted prescription and nonprescription drugs, undergo screenings and observe demonstrations. There is no charge for the event. A meal will be available for $5.

Bereavement support group

ROCKLAND — Coastal Family Hospice will offer a six-week bereavement support group 6-8 p.m. beginning Monday, Oct. 31, at the Bartlett Woods Retirement Community Library in Rockland.

Rob Gabe and nurse Jean Forest will be the facilitators for the group, which continues Monday evenings through November and ends on Dec. 5.

Anyone who has experienced a profound loss may apply to join this group. A bereavement group provides opportunities to gather support from others who are experiencing similar losses. In a safe, confidential and nonjudgmental environment, the facilitators will help participants explore and share thoughts, feelings, questions,and stories, generating compassion and companionship along the way.

For more and an interview, call Forest at 230-0838.

Flu clinic

CAMDEN — A flu clinic will be held noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the John Street Methodist Church, 98 John St. The immunization is free with Medicare card; $25 others $25. For more information, call Camden Area District Nursing at 230-6272 or Elaine Davis at 236-2304.

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