Kent County Health and Wellness Expo Set for October 20


HomePorts, Inc. 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 will hold a Health and Wellness Expo Thursday, October 20, 2016, 8:00 am – 1:30 pm at Kent County High School in Worton.


Jon Hanley of Hanleyman Services prepares to install a banner on the Visitors’ Center announcing the Oct. 20 Health and Wellness Expo.

The Expo, which is free and open to the public, is the largest ever held in this area. The event will highlight over 75 community resources offering the latest health, wellness and safety information. It is a one-stop opportunity for busy individuals and families of all ages. Features include:

• Free health screenings, including dental and vision
• Free Morning Refreshments
• Flu Shots
• Ten Expert Talks
• Over 60 exhibitors, both non-profit organizations and local businesses
• Car seat safety checks
• Lunch available for purchase

Expert talks, by physicians from both Shore Regional Health and Anne Arundel Medical Center and other health care practitioners, will include:

• Complementary and Alternative Medicine
• Don’t Just Sit There, Get A Move On
• Navigating Long Term Health Care
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Treatment for Gluten Intolerance
• Cancer Treatment: Recent Breakthroughs
• Weight Management, Nutrition, Meal Planning, Family Food Choices
• Is it An Addiction? Identification and Treatment in Kent County
• Vitamins, Supplements, Anti-Oxidants: Who Needs Them?
• Can You Hear Me Now?
• Diabetes: New, Newer, and Newest Treatments

In addition, at 1:00pm Deborah Mizeur, Co-Chair, Rural Health Work Group, will speak in the Cafeteria on ”Designing an Integrated Health System for the Eastern Shore”. The group was established by the 2016 Maryland General Assembly to consider how to meet future needs for hospital care in areas such as Kent County. Ken Kozel, CEO of Shore Regional Health, and Scott Burleson, Administrator, Shore Regional Health at Chestertown, will also participate, with Wayne Benjamin, President, Kent County Medical Society, as moderator.

HomePorts organized a smaller health fair in 2015, focused on seniors. Evaluations by attendees at that event were overwhelming positive, with virtually all respondents indicating they would like another one. When asked “Do you plan any changes in the things you normally do as a result of anything you learned at the health fair?”, 67% said yes.
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Kent County Health Fair Set for October


The annual event to promote community wellness will take place on October 20, 2016, at the Kent County High School.  Normally held in the Spring, HomePorts is this year partnering with Kent County Public Schools and is hold in the event in the Fall, when flu shots can be offered. Major sponsors include the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health System and the Kent County Health Department.

The health fair, which is free and open to the public, will highlight the latest health, wellness and safety information. It is a one-stop opportunity for busy individuals and families of all ages to get health information, free screenings and assessments, and to connect with a variety of community organizations and resources. Local health care professionals and community exhibitors will be on hand to provide their expertise and guidance, with a number of speakers offering valuable information on a variety of common health care concerns.

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.  Kent County strives to be a “community for a lifetime.” The aging population depends on a community that maintains positive health and well-being. Having ready access to preventive health screenings, wellness programs and current information on health issues is critical for all ages.

For more information on exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities or about the event, please call 443-480-0940, email or visit

Homeports Helps Sponsor Free Community Health Fair April 2


A Community Health Fair will be offered on Thursday, April 2, 2015, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Kent County Middle School, located at 402 East Campus Avenue, Chestertown. Organized by HomePorts, Inc., in cooperation with University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, the health fair is free and open to community members of all ages, although children must be accompanied by an adult.

There will be over 60 exhibitors offering the most current information about health care, wellness, healthy living and lifestyle choices, assisted living, long-term care, identity theft, safety and emergency preparedness, and community resources available locally. There will also be food exhibitors, including the new Redner’s Market, ACME, Chestertown Natural Foods, and Pamela’s Heavenly Treats. Additionally, free morning refreshments will be provided, compliments of the Galena Lions Club and the Town of Chestertown.

Local healthcare providers and clinicians will have educational information on a variety of healthcare topics including: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, mental health and depression, home care, and women’s health. Also highlighted at the health fair will be services and programs available to help you or a loved one to manage chronic illnesses and diseases.

There will be 10 talks presented by local physicians and experts between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., each to be repeated three times, making it very convenient for health fair attendees to attend and hear multiple talks. The topics, speakers and schedule follows:

9 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 10 a.m.

  • Diabetes, Dr. Kenneth P. Ligaray
  • Hypertension & Lipid Management, Dr. Juan M. Cordero
  • Mental Health, Patricia Dietz, LCSW-C
  • Degenerative Arthritis, Dr. Edmund J. Maclaughlin
  • Alzheimer’s Disease, Dr. Frederick W. Delboy

10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

  • Urinary Incontinence & Overactive Bladder, Dr. Christopher Parry
  • Medication Safety for the Elderly, Ken Peregoy, PharmD
  • Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines, Dr. Gerard O’Connor
  • Medicare 2015 – What You Need to Know, Michelle P. Holzer
  • Sleep Hygiene, Steve Eisemann, BS, RRT


Free blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) screenings, and at-risk checklist assessments for diabetes and stroke will be available. Additionally, lab screenings for HDL and total cholesterol will be available from 8 am – 11 am for $5 per test.

The Colgate “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures” mobile dental van will provide free dental screenings and dental care kits for children ages 1-12 years. All children will need to be accompanied by a parent or caregiver, and a signed release form is required for all dental screenings.

Food will be available for purchase during the lunch hours of 11 a.m. through 1 p.m., including the local food truck The Black Burro.

The health fair is fortunate to have the support of many generous sponsors. Joining the top Platinum sponsors, Kent County Government and the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health are 10 Silver sponsors, including: ACME of Chestertown; Heron Point of Chestertown; Kent County News; MDVIP/Dr. Wayne Benjamin; Novo Nordisk USA; Pfizer, Inc.; Price Rentals & Events; Redner’s Markets, Inc.; What’s Up Eastern Shore; and Yerkes Construction. The Bronze sponsors include: Allstate Building Company; Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown; Comfort Keepers; Compass Regional Hospice; Craig’s Drug Store; Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam; Galena Lions Club; The Hearing Center of Chestertown; Head to Wind Publishing; Heartfields Assisted Living at Easton; Home Instead Senior Care; Kent Athletic & Wellness Center; Kent County Commission on Aging; Living At Home Health Services; Loving Touch Home Care; Maryland Relay; PNC Bank of Chestertown; Town of Chestertown; Upper Shore Aging; and Walgreens.

A limited number of free transportation vouchers are available to and from the event location, but must be reserved 24 hours in advance by calling 800-645-7111 or 410-778-0215.

For more information about the event, or for a schedule of talks, speakers, sponsors or complete listing of exhibitors, check local papers or Please call 443-480-0940, email for more information about HomePorts.

HomePorts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization providing adults in greater Kent County, Maryland, age 55 and above, with a wide range of services they want and need to remain safe and confident living in their own homes. Founded in 2008, HomePorts is among a rapidly-growing number of member-driven “villages” developing around the country. HomePorts is supported by annual membership fees from more than 80 households, donor contributions and small grants. A financial aid program is available for those with limited incomes.

HomePorts to Present Discussion About Caregivers’ Guide by Sue Collins, Nancy Robson


HomePorts to Present, “Okay, Now What?” a discussion of the Caregivers’ Guide by local authors Sue Collins and Nancy Robson

“Are you caring for a loved one whose life has been diagnosed as terminal? Are you interested in learning practical, experience-based advice and tips for care and finding the help that is needed? Do you recognize that this can be an isolating experience for the caregiver and person for whom they care?”

These questions and more will be addressed on Wednesday, October 15 at 10 a.m. in the Chestertown Town Hall, 118 N. Cross Street, 2nd floor, for all HomePorts members and the community at large. The program is free.

In their book, Okay, Now What?, the authors provide a chapter-by-chapter guide of beneficial information with objectivity and humor. Sue Collins has been a nurse for 39 years with 29 of them in hospice care. Nancy Robson, the author of three books, has lost both parents and friends. Both know the painful journey of being with a dying person and the blessings they have had along the way.

Planning and being informed prove to be most helpful. Most people are able to handle a situation if they are well prepared and have accurate information.

Sue Collins and Nancy Robson will present information from their book, have books available for signing and/or sale and are willing to answer your questions.

The presentation is sponsored by HomePorts, Inc., the local non-profit aging-in-place membership organization. It provides access to a wide range of services for adults 55 and older to allow them to remain independent in their own residence. A group of vetted volunteers provide help to members and referrals are given of reliable service providers for transportation, maintenance, grocery and household services, personal assistance and trouble shooting. HomePorts partners with Upper Shore Aging, Washington College and the University of Maryland Medical Center. There are a limited number of subsidies for membership available for those with limited means.

Please contact HomePorts’ Executive Director, Karen Wright at 443-480-0940 or email her at if you plan to attend.

HomePorts to Offer Free Talk on Fall Prevention & Balance


“Are you afraid of falling and not being able to get up without assistance? Do you worry about not being able to assist someone else who falls? Do you know safe procedures for moving or helping someone else move from a bed to a chair?”

Brooke Maier, a physical therapist with 15 years experience and a member of the staff of Chester River Home Care (part of the University of Maryland Medical Center System), will be presenting a program to help with these concerns. She has trained physical therapists, done home evaluations for local rehabilitation centers and worked with planning prior to discharge of patients.

The program will provide information about body mechanics, safe transfers from one place to another, creating a safe environment, as well as things to do to help strengthen oneself and prevent falls.

The presentation will be offered by HomePorts on Wednesday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m. at the Chestertown Town Hall Building at 118 N. Cross Street on the 2nd floor. The program is free for seniors and their families.

HomePorts, Inc. is a local non-profit aging-in-place membership organization providing access to a wide range of services designed to offer adults, age 55 and above, what is needed to remain safe and confident in their own residence. HomePorts offers a group of vetted volunteers to help members and referrals to service providers for transportation, grocery and household services, maintenance interior and exterior and much more. In addition, HomePorts offers social and educational opportunities and partners with Upper Shore Aging, Washington College and the University of Maryland Medical Center. There are some subsidies available for those with limited incomes.

Please contact HomePorts’ Executive Director, Karen Wright at 443-480-0940 or email her at if you plan to attend.

Peoples Bank Dinner to Benefit HomePorts is Sold Out


The Peoples Bank is offering a dinner to benefit HomePorts at the Lemon Leaf Cafe on Tuesday, May 13 from 6-9pm. The dinner is now sold out.

The dinner will feature guest chef Ralph Dowling, President & CEO of the Peoples Bank.

HomePorts is a non-profit membership organization helping residents stay in their own home as they grow older.

Dinner to Benefit HomePorts May 13


The Peoples Bank is organizing a dinner to be held at the Lemon Leaf Restaurant, 337 High Street, Chestertown, on Tuesday, May 13, from 6-9 p.m. Guest chef, Ralph Dowling, President and CEO of The Peoples Bank, will be preparing paella, accompanied by salad and bread.

Proceeds benefit HomePorts, greater Kent County’s non-profit aging-in-place membership organization. HomePorts assists those over 55 in providing access to a wide range of services in order to remain content, safe, and confident living in their own homes. HomePorts resources include a cadre of vetted volunteers to help members and referrals to reliable service providers in the fields of transportation; interior and exterior home maintenance; grocery & household services; personal assistance & trouble shooting; and pet care.  Additionally, HomePorts offers social and educational opportunities in cooperation with Shore Regional Health System. It also offers a subsidy for those with limited incomes.

Tickets may be purchased at any branch of The Peoples Bank, FAM&M, or the HomePorts office upstairs in the Chestertown Town Hall. Or call Karen Willis, 410-778-3500 ( Karen Wright, 443-480-0940 (

Letter to the Editor: HomePorts Healthy Aging Symposium


Dear Editor:

The annual Healthy Aging Symposium, organized by HomePorts, is becoming a community tradition. Those who did not attend should be apprised of what they missed at the Kent County Middle School on April 15.

Dr. Walter Ettinger, MD, Chief Medical Officer, University of Maryland Medical System, bravely and articulately described our nation’s broken health care delivery. “We are skewed too far in the direction of making money,” he noted. He told us that health care is twice as expensive here as in any other country. And the quality we’re getting is nowhere near as high as in other developed countries. More people die from preventable hospital complications than from auto accidents. We don’t do death well. Most of us want to die at home, and most of us don’t.

Many of us are in denial about the fact that we are getting older. We do not want to think about it. I draw that conclusion after noting that many seniors in Kent County do not take advantage of the opportunity to attend these events. Do many of us think we already know all we need to know to age smartly? Dr. Ettinger emphasized how important it is to learn, consider our options, plan ahead, and communicate with family members. The most popular topic later in the morning was a speaker who described the need for each of us to have a Master Aging Plan. Attendees said, “Bring him back!”

Huge thanks are due to the sponsors, advertisers, and Kent County Middle School as well as to the very dedicated and capable Planning Committee. It is a big effort, reflecting a year of preparations, creation of materials by many exhibitors and seven expert speakers, acquisition and set-up of exhibits, and a commitment of valuable time by professionals graciously offering information and guidance. Comments on the evaluation forms were unanimously positive; examples: “good day!”, “great day”, “schedule an all-day conference”, “keep up the good work”.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions for 2015, please e-mail me at

Muriel Cole
Healthy Aging Symposium Planning Chair

Healthy Aging Symposium Registration Open


The 4th Annual Healthy Aging Symposium is being held April 15, 2014, at the Kent County Middle School in Chestertown from 8 am to 2 pm. Organized by HomePorts in cooperation with the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, the event is sponsored by over 20 local businesses and non-profit organizations.

Walter Ettinger, MD

Walter Ettinger, MD

The opening speaker is Walter Ettinger, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice-President, University of Maryland Medical System. He will speak on “The Health Care Revolution: What Does It Mean for You?” presenting his experience with the changing health care system and the potential effects on seniors.

Participants will also attend workshop sessions led by local practitioners on Hearing Impairment, Osteoporosis, Home Safety and Emergencies, and Preparation of “Master Aging Plans”. Sponsors will offer exhibits and information for those of all ages.

The facility, at 402 E. Campus Ave., is handicap-accessible.

Registration is open until April 8. For more information call 443-480-0940, visit, or e-mail

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