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July 08, 2002

Who do you call?

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Did you know that anyone can call Hospice of the Panhandle with a referral?

A concerned family member, friend, coworker or neighbor may call hospice to discuss concerns about someone they know.

The hospice intake staff needs the name of the patient and the name of the patient's doctor in order to investigate the possibility of providing services to the patient.

For information about hospice care in Berkeley, Hampshire, Jefferson and Morgan counties, call 1-304-264-0406 or 1-800-345-6538.

The hospice calendar of events follows:

-- Tuesday, Aug. 13, Loss of a Child Support Group, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hospice of the Panhandle office, 122 Waverly Court.

-- Thursday, Aug. 29, Suicide Family Support Group, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hospice of the Panhandle office, 122 Waverly Court.

-- Saturday, Sept. 7, West Virginia United Day at Martinsburg Mall.

-- Tuesday, Sept. 10, United Way Day of Care in Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties.


Save your heart

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - City Hospital will offer the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease. The program helps people to reverse the effects of heart disease and to avoid invasive treatments, such as bypass surgery or angioplasty. The program is available to medically qualified individuals and is covered by a number of insurance plans.

New 12-week program sessions begin quarterly. For the next available program date or for information, call 1-304-264-1000, 1814.

Stroke your EGO

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Enjoy Growing Older (EGO) meets the third Monday of each month at Bethel Assembly of God's MACE Hall on Tavern Road. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 5 p.m. followed by a program.

EGO, affiliated with City Hospital, offers members educational seminars, social programs and wellness and fitness opportunities for a $5 annual membership fee.

Individuals must be at least 50 years old to join. For information, call 1-304-264-1202.

Depression forum slated

Somerford House will offer a free educational forum, "Depression: Who Is at Risk and Why?" Thursday, July 25, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Somerford House, 10116 Sharpsburg Pike, Hagerstown.

The seminar will be presented by Jane Barnes, R.N., M.S., gero-psych specialist with Washington County Mental Health Authority.

The seminar will cover what depression is, what are the signs or symptoms, how to differentiate depression from dementia, and what is the right interventions and treatment.

For reservations, call Somerford, 301-791-5118.

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