HomePorts Health Expo is Oct. 18

Kent County News - - SOCIAL SCENE -

WOR­TON — HomePorts and Kent County Pub­lic Schools, in part­ner­ship with the Kent County Health De­part­ment, the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health and Anne Arun­del Med­i­cal Cen­ter, in­vite the com­mu­nity to the an­nual free Health and Well­ness Expo.

The expo is from 8 a.m. to noon Thurs­day, Oct. 18 at Kent County High School in Wor­ton. This year’s event will in­clude health screen­ings, more than 50 ex­hibitors, 12 ex­pert talks geared to all ages and more.

Dr. Wayne Ben­jamin, event co-chair­man, said,“I can­not ex­press how im­pressed I am with the qual­ity of our speak­ers, the ap­pro­pri­ate­ness of sub­jects we were for­tu­nate enough to cap­ture this year. Kent County and HomePorts should be very proud of the qual­ity rep­re­sented. Where can you get such mean­ing­ful talks in a three hour meet­ing?”

“Ask The Ex­perts” talks will last 30 to 45 min­utes with time for ques­tions and an­swers. He said that the pre­sen­ta­tions were cho- sen for their ap­peal to the great­est num­bers of lis­ten­ers and the speak­ers be­cause of their ex­per­tise in their fields.

Top­ics and speak­ers are: • Men­tal Health in Later Life at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. with speaker Dr. Al­lan An­der­son, for­mer pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion for Geri­atric Psy­chi­a­try

• Ten Signs of Alzheimer’s Dis­ease and De­men­tia from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

• Healthy Liv­ing for Your Body and Brain from 11:15 a.m. to noon with speaker Cyn­thia Prud’homme, ed­u­ca­tion co­or­di­na­tor for the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion

• Sleep Prob­lems, Ob­struc­tive Sleep Ap­nea at 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. with speaker Dr. Fer­nando DeLeon, spe­cial­ist in Pul­monary Crit­i­cal Care and Sleep Medicine at UM Shore Re­gional Health

• Hor­mone Re­place­ment Ther­apy: Risks and Re­wards at 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m with speaker S. Dale G. Ja­fari, DNP, FNP-BC, UM Com­mu­nity Med­i­cal Group Women’s Health

• Don’t Fall this Fall at 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. with speaker Paul Si­mon­etti, PT, DPT, OCS, Ch­ester­town Ortho­pe­dics and Sports Medicine

• Facts and Myths of Hospice Care at 10:30 a.m. with speaker Heather Guerieri, RN, MSN, CHPN, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Com­pass Re­gional Hospice

• How Can Grief Sup­port Help?

at 11:15 a.m. with speaker Rhonda Knotts, MCC, su­per­vi­sor of Grief Ser­vices at Com­pass Re­gional Hospice

• Urog­y­ne­col­ogy and Pelvic Health at 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. with speaker Dr. Bri­ana Wal­ton, di­rec­tor of Fe­male Pelvic Medicine and Re­con­struc­tive Surgery, AAMC Women’s Cen­ter for Pelvic Health

• Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Health, Heart Fail­ure at 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. with speaker Juan Cordero, MD, FACC

• Di­a­betes: Strate­gies for Low­er­ing you HA1C at 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m with speaker Doris Tate, CNP, UM Cen­ter for Di­a­betes and En­docrinol­ogy

• Pain Man­age­ment in Light of the Opi­ate Epi­demic: Over­view of med­i­ca­tions, in­jec­tions, and joint re­place­ments at 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. with speaker Nathan Turner, PA, KureS­mart Pain Man­age­ment

• Stress Man­age­ment at 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. with speaker Pa­tri­cia Deitz, LCSW, Ch­ester River Be­hav­ioral Health and Well­ness, LLC

Lo­cal health care prac­ti­tion­ers are fea­tured who are do­nat­ing their time to an­swer ques­tions and of­fer free guid­ance and in­for­ma­tion, ac­cord­ing to Ben­jamin..

Free flu shots will be given by the lo­cal Health De­part­ment and Ch­ester River Phar­macy. In ad­di­tion, hos­pi­tals will have free screen­ings for lung func­tion, pul­monary health, stroke risk, bal­ance and fall risks, and pre-di­a­betes checks. Lo­cal vi­sion spe­cial­ists will check eye health.

In ad­di­tion, ex­hibitors in­clude le­gal and fi­nan­cial ser­vices, food ven­dors, safety ad­vo­cates, and home mod­i­fi­ca­tion com­pa­nies — a plethora of in­for­ma­tion about lo­cal re­sources.

Fol­low­ing lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. the event con­cludes with a fo­rum with can­di­dates for Kent County Com­mis­sioner an­swer­ing ques­tions based on the re­cent United Way Needs Assess­ment for Kent County.

As a lo­cal non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion serv­ing the ag­ing pop­u­la­tion in Kent County, HomePorts un­der­stands the im­por­tance of health care, pre­ven­tive medicine and play­ing an ac­tive role in the com­mu­nity.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 443-480-0940, email info@ homeports.org or visit home ports.org.

PHOTO BY LEANN SCHENKE

Brian Ab­bott re­ceives a flu shot from Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege stu­dent Lak­ishia Hardy dur­ing last year’s Health Expo. Flu shots again will be of­fered at this year’s expo, which is hosted by HomePorts, from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 18 at Kent County High School. From noon to 12:30 p.m. can­di­dates for Kent County Com­mis­sioner will an­swer ques­tions based on the re­cent United Way Needs Assess­ment.

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