Helen Crow Celebrates 100th Birthday at Dixon House

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Born in rural Ohio, Helen Crow of Easton was always physically active. Her father, a builder, was also a physically active person. Helen recalls doing handstands and headstands when she was young. Today, she doesn’t miss an exercise class at The Dixon House. She recently celebrated her 100th birthday with a festive celebration with family, friends, and public officials at Dixon House, receiving citations from the President, Governor, Maryland Senate and House of Delegates, Talbot County Sheriff’s Department and Town of Easton.

Helen and her husband, Elmer, nicknamed “Amo” married after Amo served in the Army’s 17th Airborne Division as a paratrooper during World War II. The two had three children, and today she has three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Amo had a career as a master craftsman, training many young men who entered the flooring trade, while Helen did office work for a law firm, then a refinery.

Photo: Back row, left to right, Matt Crow, Etta Crow, and Ben Crow. Middle row, left to right, Heather Crow, Helen Crow, Connie Crow, Philip Crow, and Roger Crow. Bottom row, left to right, Isaac Crow and Stella Crow.

Both Helen and Amo participated in an activities group for art in Cincinnati, where Helen enjoyed oils and watercolors and Amo enjoyed stained glass, caning, and pottery. The two also enjoyed music, attending Cincinnati Symphony concerts for 40 years. The couple retired to Florida and then to Easton, where their son, Roger and daughter-in-law Heather live. The two then came to live at The Dixon House in 2014.

Crow comments, “Easton is a nice town. We were amazed at the quality of friends we have made at Dixon House.” She adds, “I have had a good life.”

The mission of The Dixon House is to provide high quality and affordable residential care to seniors in an enriching home-like environment. For further information, contact Linda Elben, Executive Director at 410-822-6661 or visit dixonhouse.org.

HomePorts Benefit Dinner April 29

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Luisa’s Cucina Italiana is the host of the annual fund-raising dinner to benefit HomePorts, Inc. The event is being held on Monday, April 29, with seatings at 5:15 and 7:30 pm. Luisa’s is located at 849 Washington Ave, Chestertown.

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.

A three-course meal will be offered with a choice of chicken, salmon, or eggplant parmagiana, coffee or tea. Tickets are $50. Call HomePorts, 443-380-0940 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

Acts Retirement-Life Communities and Integrace Complete Affiliation

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Acts Retirement-Life Communities, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior living organizations, has completed its affiliation with Integrace and its family of communities located throughout Maryland. The affiliation brings together two nationally recognized names in the senior living industry under shared governance and leadership.

Integrace is a not-for-profit system of retirement communities consisting of Bayleigh Chase in Easton; Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown; and Fairhaven in Sykesville; along with Copper Ridge, a memory support residence, in Sykesville. Collectively, these communities are home to approximately 1,080 residents and provide a continuum of services including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and specialized programming for Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia and other types of neurocognitive disorders.

Photo: On April 1, residents, colleagues, and executives from Integrace and Acts Retirement-Life Communities gathered for a reception at Bayleigh Chase in Easton to celebrate the completion of the affiliation between the two senior living organizations. Pictured from L-R: Marianne Ell, Salena Cephas, Nicholas Shockley, Marty Chance, Joel Yacks, Andrea Lev, Danielle Adams, Bobbi Sweitzer, Sherri Brown, Kay Blessing, Brittni Conn, April Hauf, Nan Lambeth, Amy Fountain, Louise Montgomery, Susan Covey

“We are excited to be bringing Integrace into the Acts family, and building upon the success of these communities,” said Acts President and CEO Gerald T. Grant. “Our organizations share a similar mission and culture with consistent values and commitments to residents and employees. It’s exciting to contemplate the future of  our  organizations and what we can achieve as we work together to enrich the lives of our residents.”

With the affiliation, Acts is expanding its reach in Maryland, where it operates another senior living community, Heron Point of Chestertown. Acts is one of the strongest companies of its kind among not-for-profit senior living providers with combined assets in excess of $2 billion and its obligated group maintains an A- rating from Fitch Ratings. With the affiliation finalized, Acts will manage a network of 26 senior living campuses in nine states totaling 9,504 units, maintaining its status as the third largest multi-site senior living organization according to the LeadingAge Ziegler 200 listing of the nation’s largest not-for-profit aging services providers. The Acts communities are in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

About Acts
Headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, Acts Retirement-Life Communities is the nation’s largest not-for-profit owner, operator and developer of senior living continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), with a network of 26 campuses in nine states serving approximately 10,000 residents and employing more than 8,000 people. All of the Acts communities and its affiliates are accredited by CARF International for meeting the industry’s highest operational and financial standards. For more information, please visit: ActsRetirement.org.

The Connection Between Seniors and Pets

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On Thursday, March 7, at 11:00am, Jane Welsh, Executive Director, and JP Hooker, Outreach Coordinator, of the Animal Care Shelter of Kent County (formerly known as the Humane Society) will present information on the benefits of pets to older adults. The event will be held upstairs in the Chestertown Town Hall and is sponsored by HomePorts. All those interested are invited to attend.

Several studies have documented the relationship between pet ownership and cardiovascular disease, “with many reporting beneficial effects, including increased physical activity, favorable lipid profiles, lower systemic blood pressure, improved autonomic tone, diminished sympathetic responses to stress, and improved survival after an acute coronary syndrome,” according to the American Heart Association.

The talk will also touch on the option of having senior pets, pets that are not as rambunctious and can adapt to a senior’s lifestyle and needs, according to Karen Wright, HomePorts Executive Director.

HomePorts is a membership organization helping older adults continue living safely and independently in their own homes. Set up by and for local residents, HomePorts is incorporated as a Maryland nonprofit.

Those eligible for membership include anyone over 55 living in the greater Kent County area. HomePorts is modeled after similar organizations operating successfully in other regions of the country.  Founding members spent two years studying other such “villages”, which are springing up rapidly in many communities and are cited by experts as the wave of the future.

HomePorts resources include a cadre of vetted volunteers and referrals to reliable service providers in the fields of transportation; interior and exterior home and yard maintenance; grocery & household services; and personal assistance & trouble shooting.  Additionally, HomePorts encourages participation in social, educational, and cultural activities.

HomePorts partners with Upper Shore Aging and the Shore Regional Health System. It offers financial assistance to those with limited incomes.

Information is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling 443-480-0940 or go to www.homeports.org. The e-mail address is info@homeports.org.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase Named “Best Nursing Home” by U.S. News & World Report

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Integrace Bayleigh Chase has earned the designation of “Best Nursing Home” for 2018-2019 from U.S. News & World Report.

To compile the 2018-2019 rankings, U.S. News researchers evaluated nearly 13,000 nursing homes nationwide. Now in its ninth year, the overall ratings methodology was updated to emphasize staffing quality. U.S. News also added a Short-Stay Rehabilitation rating this year to provide a clearer view of the quality of care provided to short-stay patients in need of intensive rehabilitation or nursing services before they return home after a surgery, stroke, accident or illness.

To earn the Best Nursing Homes recognition, nursing homes must receive a high-performance rating in either the Short-Stay Rehabilitation or Overall ratings and must rank at least Average in the other.

The full list of the 2018-2019 Best Nursing Homes is available at U.S. News & World Report’s Nursing Home Finder (https://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes).

About Integrace Bayleigh Chase

Located on a 35-acre campus in historic Easton, Bayleigh Chase is a not-for-profit life plan community that affords residents a lifestyle of flexibility and choice to live life on their own terms. Bayleigh Chase offers independent living options in its villas, cottages and apartment homes, as well as a continuum of supportive living services, including assisted living, neurocognitive support, outpatient and short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and diagnostic and treatment support through the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic. For more information, please call 410-763-7167 or visit www.bayleighchase.org.

About Integrace

Integrace is a forward-thinking non-profit organization that strives to ignite in all people the passion for meaningful living. Integrace oversees a family of vibrant senior living communities in Maryland, including Bayleigh Chase in Easton, Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown, and Fairhaven in Sykesville. Integrace is also an internationally-recognized leader in the art of neurocognitive support, with the Sykesville-based Copper Ridge community and Integrace Institute, as well as two neurocognitive clinics in Easton and Sykesville, serving as catalysts to a profound shift in how we perceive, and relate to, those living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and many other forms of cognitive change. Integrace communities provide a continuum of services to support both residents and the greater community, including assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and more. Each of these innovative programs focuses on person-centered living, honoring the abilities, possibilities and authenticity of each individual. For more information, please visit Integrace.org.

Kent County Health and Wellness Expo Set for October 18

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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 the annual Health and Wellness Expo on Thursday, October 18, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Kent County High School in Worton.

This year’s 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
– Free Morning Refreshments
– Flu Shots
– Twelve Talks by Local Medical Professionals
– Over 75 exhibitors, both non-profit organizations and local businesses
– 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:

– Mental Health In Later Life – Dr. Allan Anderson, Geriatric Psychiatrist
– Ten Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia – Cynthia Prud’homme, Education Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association
– Sleep Problems – Dr. Fernando Cruz DeLeon, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health
– Hormone Replacement Therapy: Risks and Rewards –Dale Jafari, Nurse Practitioner, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health
– Exercise/Physical Fitness Programs in Kent County – Dr. Paul Simonetti, Physical Therapist, Chestertown Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
– Facts and Myths of Hospice Care – Heather Guerieri, RN, MSN, CHPN, Executive Director, Compass Regional Hospice
– How Can Grief Support Help – Rhonda Knotts, MCC, Supervisor of Grief Services, Compass Regional Hospice
– Urogynecology and Pelvic Health – Dr. Briana Walton, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Anne Arundel Medical Center
– Cardiovascular Health – Dr. Juan Cordero, Cardiologist, Anne Arundel Medical Center
– Diabetes: Strategies for Lowering Your HA1C – Doris Tate, Diabetes Management Nurse Practitioner, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health
– Pain Management During the Opioid Epidemic – KURE pain management
– Stress Management – Patricia Deitz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Chester River Behavioral Health

“This is an event people shouldn’t miss, according to Wayne Benjamin, M.D., event director.  “It is a once-a-year opportunity for free screenings and a huge variety of useful information- something for everybody. I especially want people to know about and take advantage of the classroom information sessions led by health care experts on 12 different topics. Everyone, I guarantee, will come away with new information and be better prepared to manage their own health and their family’s health.”

The school gym will be transformed into a large exhibit hall, with tables staffed by professionals offering a wide variety of information and guidance on local services. For information on exhibiting, contact Greer Davis, 410-708-2993 or ggbdavis@gmail.com. The deadline for exhibitor sign-up is September 15.

In addition, at 12.30 p.m. there will be a forum with candidates for Kent County Commissioner, who will address topics of community concern.

For more information, email karen@homeports.org or visit www.homeports.org.

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 and contributions.

Compass Regional Hospice Volunteer Trainings Scheduled for September, November

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Compass Regional Hospice will offer two training sessions for individuals interested in becoming a patient care volunteer.

The first session will be an online/classroom hybrid session, beginning in September. Volunteers can complete their online classes before joining Compass Regional Hospice for the classroom segment, which will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays; Sept. 11, 18 and 25, at Compass Regional Hospice’s main office, 160 Coursevall Drive, Centreville.

Registration is required and completing the entire class is necessary for volunteers who wish to provide companionship and support to Compass Regional Hospice’s patients and their loved ones in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties.

Another volunteer session is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6, 7 and 8, and will take place in Caroline County in the conference room at the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce (USDA building), 9194 Legion Road, Denton.

Volunteers who recently completed a patient care training are, from left, Cheryl Conaway-Dill, Michele Bennetta, Barbara Jacquette, Nancy Toy, Janet Davis, Pat Holland, Barbara Stanton and Cynda Pittcock.

“Volunteers are a vital part of the care we provide,” said Courtney Williams, manager of volunteer and professional services for Compass Regional Hospice. “It is all about helping others and being there when they need you; whether that is in our hospice centers in Centreville and Chestertown, or wherever a patient calls home.”

Topics taught during the trainings include an overview of hospice, the process of dying, spiritual care and its place in hospice care, the stages of grief, effective communications techniques, family dynamics, stress management and self-care for caregivers.

Compass Regional Hospice relies on more than 300 volunteers of all ages to support its mission of “Care on your terms.” These individuals volunteer their time in a variety of ways. Whatever your motivation to volunteer, there is a place for you at Compass Regional Hospice.

“Our volunteers provide an invaluable asset to our patients and their caregivers by the gift of their time,” Williams said. “The support that volunteers provide in our facilities allows our staff to be in more places, and our families to receive better care. Being able to offer our patients volunteer visits that provide companionship and socialization helps to improve their quality of life.”

For more information about becoming a volunteer for Compass Regional Hospice, contact Courtney Williams at 443-262-4112 or cwilliams@compassregionalhospice.org, or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/volunteers to download the patient care volunteer training registration form.

Compass Regional Hospice – Care on your terms

Compass Regional Hospice is a fully licensed, independent, community-based nonprofit organization certified by Medicare and the state of Maryland and accredited by the Joint Commission. Since 1985, Compass Regional Hospice has been dedicated to supporting people of all ages through the challenge of living with a life-limiting illness and learning to live following the death of a loved one. Today, the organization is a regional provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties. “Care on your terms” is the promise that guides staff and volunteers as they care for patients in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the residential hospice centers in Centreville and Chestertown. Grief support services are offered to children, adults and families of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the loss of a loved one, through The Hope and Healing Center. For more information about Compass Regional Hospice, visit compassregionalhospice.org.

The Inaugural Eastern Shore Research Forum on September 10

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Integrace Bayleigh Chase and the Integrace Institute have announced that the Easton life plan community will host the inaugural Eastern Shore Research Forum on Monday, September 10. Aging services, healthcare and research professionals are invited to learn about current research studies being done to examine how new technologies can be used to better deliver health care and other support to older adults.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Jody Holtzman, founder and senior managing partner at Longevity Venture Advisors, LLC. Named one of 2017’s “Top Influencers in Aging” by Next Avenue, Holtzman is the former Senior Vice President of Market Innovation at AARP and has worked for more than 10 years to create programs that spark innovation and entrepreneurship for Americans over the age of 50.

Research projects will also be presented by representatives from:

– University of Maryland, School of Medicine
– University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy
– New York University School of Medicine
– The Erickson School at UMBC

“This event gives us the opportunity to showcase how technology providers and researchers are working together to create solutions that can improve quality of life for older adults and those who care for them,” said Tabassum Majid, PhD, Executive Director, The Integrace Institute. “We hope our attendees will see how technology can help people access health care differently, which can be life changing, especially in rural communities such as Easton.”

Continuing education units (CEUs) will be available for social workers, long-term care administrators and activity professionals in attendance.

Registration for the inaugural Eastern Shore Research Forum is available for $65 and includes breakfast and lunch. Those who register before August 17, students, and groups of three or more are eligible to register for the discounted price of $55.

Registration is available online at integraceinstitute.org/eastern-shore-research-forum. Those seeking more information may contact Stephanie Carideo at the Integrace Institute at 410-552-3238.

About Integrace Bayleigh Chase

Located on a 35-acre campus in historic Easton, Bayleigh Chase is a not-for-profit life plan community that affords residents a lifestyle of flexibility and choice to live life on their own terms. Bayleigh Chase offers independent living options in its villas, cottages and apartment homes, as well as a continuum of supportive living services, including assisted living, neurocognitive support, outpatient and short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and diagnostic and treatment support through the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic. For more information, please call 410-763-7167 or visit www.bayleighchase.org.

About the Integrace Institute
The Integrace Institute is the not-for-profit research and education arm of Integrace, whose mission is to transform neurocognitive living through person-centered research, education and partnerships. With over 20 years of expertise, the Integrace Institute serves Integrace’s communities by building an evidence-based platform for care practices and education. In addition, it partners with universities, technology and pharmaceutical companies, and other senior living organizations outside of Integrace to conduct community-based research studies, provide interactive learning experiences for professionals and caregivers, and consult with other organizations to build innovative models that support meaningful living. For more information, please visit www.integraceinstitute.org or call 410-970-2031.

About Integrace
Integrace is a forward-thinking non-profit organization that strives to ignite in all people the passion for meaningful living. Integrace oversees a family of vibrant senior living communities in Maryland, including Bayleigh Chase in Easton, Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown, and Fairhaven in Sykesville. Integrace is also a nationally-recognized leader in the art of neurocognitive support, with the Sykesville-based Copper Ridge community and Integrace Institute, as well as two neurocognitive clinics in Easton and Sykesville, serving as catalysts to a profound shift in how we perceive, and relate to, those living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and many other forms of cognitive change. Integrace communities provide a continuum of services to support both residents and the greater community, including assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and more. Each of these innovative programs focuses on person-centered living, honoring the abilities, possibilities and authenticity of each individual. For more information, please visit Integrace.org.

Compass Regional Hospice Events, August through October

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August…

Camp New Dawn — Saturday, Aug. 18, through Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Camp Pecometh, 136 Bookers Wharf Road, Centreville. A four-day, three-night grief retreat summer camp for children, teens and families, through Compass Regional Hospice. For more information or to register, contact Rhonda Knotts at 443-262-4109 or rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org.

September…

Volunteer Training Session — An online/classroom hybrid where volunteers can complete their online classes before joining Compass Regional Hospice for the classroom segment. We will be meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays; Sept. 11, 18 and 25, at the Hope and Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville. Registration is required, and completing the entire class is necessary for volunteers who would like to work with patients and families. For more information about volunteering, contact Courtney Williams at 443-262-4112 or cwilliams@compassregionalhospice.org.

Grief Support Group—An eight-week support group that begins Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Compass Regional Hospice’s main office, 160 Coursevall Drive, Centreville. An eight-week grief support group open to anyone who has lost a spouse or significant other. For ages 18 and older. The group will be facilitated by grief counselors Linda Turner and Ann OConnor. The registration fee is $25, but no one will be turned away based on an inability to pay. For more information or to register, contact Linda Turner at lturner@compassregionalhospice.org or Ann OConnor at aoconnor@compassregionalhospice.org

Estate Treasures Art Auction — Saturday, Sept. 22, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Cascia Vineyards, 1200 Thompson Creek Road, Stevensville. Featuring silent and live auctions, including a variety of art, some created and signed by local artists whose work reflects scenes from the Eastern Shore. Enjoy light refreshments and a complimentary glass of Cascia Vineyards wine. Tickets are limited for this exclusive event and are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. All proceeds will benefit Compass Regional Hospice. Estate Treasures is an affiliate of Compass Regional Hospice. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Kenda Leager, at 443-262-4106 or kleager@compassregionalhospice.org.

Community 5K Run to Benefit Compass Regional Hospice— Saturday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m. at Kent Island Athletic Club, 448 Kent Narrow Way N., Grasonville. Come out to the Kent Island Athletic Club to take part in a 5K to benefit hospice and grief support services through Compass Regional Hospice. For more information, contact Kenda Leager, development officer, Compass Regional Hospice, at 443-262-4106 or kleager@compassregionalhospice.org. To register for the run, contact Mark Fromert, member and race organizer, Kent Island Athletic Club, at 410-827-5527.

October…

Estate Treasures Fashion Show and Luncheon — Monday, Oct. 15. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. At Prospect Bay Country Club,311 Prospect Bay Dr W., Grasonville. This event will feature an upscale boutique, luncheon, cash bar, bake sale, raffle and live auction. Tickets are $40 and there is limited seating available. Proceeds will benefit Compass Regional Hospice. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Kenda Leager at 443-262-4106 or kleager@compassregionalhospice.org.

Sporting Clay Tournament— Saturday, Oct. 20. Registration at 9 a.m. and all shooters must be on the course by 11:30 a.m. At Schrader’s Outdoors, 16090 Oakland Road, Henderson. The event will include Lewis Class Scoring, 75 targets, 5 stand shooting, a side game, a catered lunch and an awards ceremony. Registration is $100 for an individual shooter, $75 for a junior individual shooter (17 and younger) and $400 for a team of four shooters. Proceeds benefit Compass Regional Hospice. For sponsorship information or to register, contact Kenda Leager at 443-262-4106 or kleager@compassregionalhospice.org.

Ongoing…

Bereaved Parent Grief Support Group — First Monday of each month; Aug. 6, Sept. 3 and Oct. 1. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Hope and Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville. A drop-in group for individuals, 18 and older, dealing with the loss of a child. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts at 443-262-4109 or rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org.

HALOS-Healing After a Loved One’s Suicide Grief Support Group — Second Wednesday of each month; Aug. 8, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Hope and Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville. A drop-in group for individuals, 18 and older, dealing with the loss of a loved one from suicide. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts at 443-262-4109 or rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org, or Wayne Larrimore at 443-262-4108 or wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org.

Drug Overdose Grief Support Group — Third Thursday of each month; Aug. 16, Sept. 20 and Oct. 18. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Hope and Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville.  A drop-in group for individuals, 18 and older, dealing with the loss of a loved one from drug overdose. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts at 443-262-4109 or rknotts@compssregionalhospice.org, or Linda Turner at 443-262-4120 or lturner@compassregionalhospice.org.

All Losses Grief Support Group — Fourth Tuesday of each month; Aug. 28, Sept. 25 and Oct. 23. From noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Caroline County Public Library, Federalsburg branch, 123 Morris Ave., Federalsburg. A drop-in group for individuals, 18 and older, who have experienced any type of loss. Please bring a lunch. For more information, contact Wayne Larrimore at 443-262-4108 or wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org.

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