New cancer support group

The Baltimore Sun

Upper Chesapeake Health has a new cancer support group for individuals who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer and for their families.

The group will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and 2 p.m. May 20 at Harford Memorial Hospital.

Information: 800-515-0044.

Dinner series focuses on seniors

Upper Chesapeake Health will celebrate Older Americans Month in May with a dinner lecture series focusing on senior issues.

All lectures begin at 5 p.m. in the Chesapeake Conference Center at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. The cost is $5 per session and includes dinner. Reservations are required at 800-515-0044.

Lectures include:

Wednesday: "Medicare -- What's New and What Do All Those Letters Mean?"

May 21: "Life Planning: Are You Ready for the Future?" Topics include estate planning, new laws affecting retirees and advance directives.

Arthritis walk set for Saturday

The Arthritis Foundation will hold the annual Harford County Arthritis Walk on Saturday at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m.

The walk is a noncompetitive event with distance options for participants, who obtain pledges from family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to raise money for arthritis research.

Team captains organize a team of five or more people to walk together.

Information: 410-654-6570.

A celebration of foster care

The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region and Harford County Department of Social Services are promoting May as National Foster Care Month.

A celebration will be held at 10 a.m. May 20 at the Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre de Grace where Mayor Wayne H. Dougherty will issue a proclamation honoring all the people who serve youth in foster care.

Reservations are requested by Friday to Terri Augustine at 410-836-7177, Ext. 349.

The goal of the campaign is to spread awareness to recruit and retain foster and adoptive parents, as well as to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of waiting children.

The Arc's program helps children with special needs in Harford, Cecil and northeastern Baltimore counties who are waiting for foster homes.

Information: 410-879-6785.

Free session on gastric banding

Upper Chesapeake Health will offer a free information session on laparoscopic gastric banding, a new procedure in the Bariatric Surgery Program.

The session will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 20 at Harford Memorial Hospital in the Havre de Grace Room.

Information: 443-643-4200.

Free seminar on orthopedics

Upper Chesapeake Health will hold a free seminar on joint pain with Dr. Brian DeMuth, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 20 at Harford Memorial Hospital, Susquehanna Room.

Registration is required at 800-515-0044.

Workshop on alternative medicine

New Life Christian Center Ministries will sponsor a health workshop on "What You Don't Know Can Kill You" at 2 p.m. May 24 at the Ramada Conference Center, 1700 Van Bibber Road, Edgewood.

John C. Williams Jr., founder of the Capital University of Integrative Medicine, will discuss health care for the whole person: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social.

Registration is required at 410-420-6292 or newlife

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