Op­por­tun­ties to learn about health this fall

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The pub­lic is in­vited to a we­bi­nar pre­sen­ta­tion with Dr. Atul Gawande: “Vil­lages: The Value of Com­mu­nity and Choice As We Grow Older,” spon­sored by HomePorts.

The pre­sen­ta­tion will take place at 5 p.m. Mon­day, Sept. 25, up­stairs in the Ch­ester­town Town Hall.

Gawande is a renowned sur­geon, pub­lic health re­searcher, writer and au­thor of the sem­i­nal book “Be­ing Mor­tal: Medicine and What Mat­ters in the End,” de­scribed by Ama­zon.com as “riv­et­ing, hon­est, and hu­mane ... show­ing that the ul­ti­mate goal is not a good death but a good life — all the way to the very end, a book that has the po­ten­tial to change medicine — and lives.”

The dis­cus­sion, to be viewed by groups across the coun­try, will fo­cus on pos­si­bil­i­ties in the later years of our lives. The ti­tle refers to the Vil­lage move­ment, a phenomenon fa­mil­iar to many lo­cally be­cause of HomePorts, Kent County’s “Vil­lage.”

HomePorts is a mem­ber­ship or­ga­ni­za­tion help­ing older adults con­tinue liv­ing safely and com­fort­ably in their own homes. Set up by and for lo­cal res­i­dents, HomePorts is in­cor­po­rated as a Mary­land non­profit.

HomePorts re­sources in­clude a cadre of vet­ted vol­un­teers and re­fer­rals to re­li­able ser­vice providers in the fields of trans­porta­tion, in­te­rior and ex­te­rior home and yard main­te­nance, gro­cery and house­hold ser­vices and per­sonal as­sis­tance and trou­ble shoot­ing.

Although in­de­pen­dent, the Vil­lage to Vil­lage Net­work pro­vides lead­er­ship, ed­u­ca­tion, men­tor­ing and tech­ni­cal sup­port na­tion­ally to more than 230 open Vil­lages and an ad­di­tional 130 plus Vil­lages that are some­where in the de­vel­op­ment phase.

HomePorts part­ners with Up­per Shore Ag­ing and Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health. It of­fers fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to those with lim­ited in­comes. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Karen Wright, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, at 443-480-0940.

Flu Shot Re­minder: Hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple are hos­pi­tal­ized each year with the flu. Make a note now to get a flu shot. Flu out­breaks oc­cur as early as Oc­to­ber. Other Up­com­ing Events: • Care­givers Sup­port Group: At 1 p.m. Mon­day, Sept. 18 at Up­per Shore Ag­ing, 100 Schauber Road, Ch­ester­town. For in­for­ma­tion, call 410-778-5581.

• Open House: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tues­day, Sept. 19, in honor of Se­nior Cen­ter Month, Amy Lynn Fer­ris Adult Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter, 100 Schauber Road, Ch­ester­town.

• HomePorts Ed­u­ca­tional Pro­gram: Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness, with speaker, Gin­ger Gregg: At 11 a.m. Thurs­day, Sept. 28, in the Ch­ester­town town hall, se­cond floor. For those in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about HomePorts, the ses­sion is fol­lowed by a “Stammtisch”, a Dutch-treat lun­cheon at JR’s Past-Time Pub. For in­for­ma­tion, call 443-480-0940.

• 2017 Health and Well­ness Expo: From 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Oct. 19, at Kent County High School in Wor­ton.

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