HomePorts Health Expo is Oct. 18
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.
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.