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Eldersburg club offers two new fitness classes

Merritt Athletic Club in Eldersburg has announced two new programs.

A Mommies' Helper Aquatic Class will be held for mothers and their child ages 2 months to 2 years. Mothers will do toning exercises with their child's help in a heated pool. A free demonstration class will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Feb. 18 and 25.

An Aquatic Tai Chi class will be offered for those who wish to relax in the heated pool using deep breathing and flowing movements to connect the body and mind. A free demonstration class will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26.

Membership is not required for these programs. Merritt Athletic is on Progress Way at Route 32.

Information: 410-549-2894, Ext. 115.

Appearance workshop held for cancer patients

The American Cancer Society will offer a "Look Good ... Feel Better" workshop for female cancer patients from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 19 at the Carroll Hospital Center's Women's Place.

The free program is open to women who are learning to cope with appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.

Topics will include makeup techniques, hair care, wigs and accessories.

Registration is required. The Women's Place is at 291 Stoner Ave.

Information: 888-535-4555.

Scholarship available for dementia care training

The Copper Ridge Institute in Sykesville is accepting applications for the 2004 Mildred Baron Scholarship for professional caregivers to obtain advanced training in dementia care.

The program consists of one week of intensive training at Copper Ridge, a long-term care facility dedicated exclusively to patients with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Students will receive 40 hours of classroom teaching, one-on-one tutoring and hands-on practice from experts in dementia care from Copper Ridge and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The scholarship covers room and board, tuition, books and materials.

Candidates should be health care professionals working with people who have Alzheimer's disease or other dementias; be working with an under-served population, preferably in Maryland; show financial need; and demonstrate that the training will improve patient care.

Letters of application should be sent to the Mildred Baron Scholarship Fund Selection Committee, c/o The Copper Ridge Institute, 710 Obrecht Road, Sykesville, 21784.

Letters should outline the applicant's need for training, describe the population served and explain how the training will affect the care of people with dementia.

A resume and letter of support from the applicant's supervisor should be included.

Only one scholarship is awarded each year. Applications are due Feb. 27.

Baby shower promotes healthy pregnancies

Maryland's Largest Baby Shower in Carroll County will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 20 at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers in Westminster.

The goal of the baby shower, sponsored by various health agencies in the county, is to promote healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. The event offers lectures, educational exhibits and materials.

Dr. Robert Wack, a pediatrician, will discuss infant care. Aaron Rehkopf, news director at WPOC and WSMJ radio stations, will discuss fatherhood.

The shower is free to pregnant women. Guests tickets are $12. Reservations are required by March 10.

Information: Sherry Osborne, 410-876-4825.

Hospital names director of physician services

Carroll Hospital Center recently named Lyn Graham to the new position of director of physician services.

A registered nurse, Graham will serve as the contact point for the hospital and its medical staff to address physician communications and hospital planning, and inform doctors about available programs and services.

The information she receives will be used by the hospital in planning and evaluating services and programs.

Graham will continue her responsibilities with Carroll Home Care and Carroll Hospice as director of community relations/nurse liaison, a position she has held for six years.

Graham has a bachelor's degree in nursing from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She has experience in management roles for home care agencies and physician practices.

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