Health Notes


Community college offers courses on health, wellness

Carroll Community College will offer several noncredit courses on health and wellness this month.

Reiki Certification Training - Level I: This is a beginning class to become a Reiki practitioner. Classes are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 14 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 15.

Qigong: This is an ancient Chinese exercise for health and healing. Qigong is especially good for older adults and anyone with a limited capacity for movement. Classes will be offered from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Fridays March 14 to May 9.

Beginning Tai Chi: Tai chi is a circular flowing sequence of movements and an ancient Chinese martial art and healing exercise system. Students learn the gentle, slow and energizing movements of tai chi. Classes will be held from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Fridays March 14 to May 9.

All classes are at the 1601 Washington Road campus in Westminster.

Information: 410-386-8100.

Basket bingo set March 14 to benefit Carroll Hospice

Carroll Hospice will hold a benefit basket bingo March 14 at Westminster High School.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., and games will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. All baskets come with an accessory and are valued at $300 each.

Proceeds will benefit hospice programs.

This event was scheduled for Feb. 21 but was canceled because of snow. All tickets will be honored.

The high school is at 1225 Washington Road.

Information: 410-871-8000.

Lutheran Village program will explore retirement

Carroll Lutheran Village will hold a community outreach program on "Making Lifestyle Changes and Choices" at 7:30 p.m. March 13 in Krug Chapel Auditorium.

Panelists will include lawyer Damian Halstadl; Douglas Velnoskey, vice president at Legg Mason; Wood Walker; Michele Crew, vice president at Carroll Lutheran Village; and Katharine and Alan Jung, residents of Carroll Lutheran Village.

The panelists will discuss the legal and financial implications of the choices faced by older adults as they plan their retirement.

The program is free and open to the public. The village is off Old New Windsor Road outside Westminster.

Information: 410-848-0090.

Mental health conference scheduled March 21 at CCC

The Carroll County Health Department will co-sponsor a one-day conference, "Treating Individuals With Co-Occurring Disorders," on March 21 at Carroll Community College.

Held in conjunction with mental health agencies in Howard and Frederick counties, the conference will feature Edward L. Hendrickson, clinical supervisor for the Arlington County Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program, as the keynote speaker.

Hendrickson will discuss new and traditional therapies for individuals suffering from co-morbid mental illness and substance abuse.

Workshops will be held on such topics as solution-focused therapy, gender-specific treatment, methadone-assisted treatment, acupuncture and self-help groups.

Registration is $35. Continuing credit hours are available for social workers. Lunch will be included.

Information: 410-876-4800.

Coordinator named for addictions program

Mary Lou Myers, certified chemical dependency counselor, has been named coordinator of the outpatient addictions program at Carroll County General Hospital.

She will manage treatment programs for drug and alcohol addictions, supervise staff, and provide individual and group therapy.

Myers has a master's degree in applied psychology from the University of Baltimore and a bachelor's degree in secondary education from St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg. She has 14 years of experience with addictions programs, and she was instrumental in developing the hospital's outpatient treatment programs for adults and adolescents.

The addictions program offers personalized treatment so patients can live at home while working or attending school. It includes individual assessment, group therapy, patient and family education, and activities that promote independence and support the recovery process.

For information and eligibility requirements on the addictions program, call 410-871-6965 or 410-871-6983.

Clinical manager chosen at Carroll County General

Registered nurse Mike Doolan was recently named clinical manager of the operating room at Carroll County General Hospital.

He will oversee the daily functions of the operating room, including staff development, scheduling, and patient care issues.

Doolan has a nursing degree from Catonsville Community College and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Towson University. He has more than 10 years of experience in supervisory and clinical roles in operating rooms.

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