Health Notes

October 05, 2007

Memory Walk set for Oct. 20

The Alzheimer's Association will hold its 2.5-mile Ellicott City Memory Walk from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20, rain or shine, at Centennial Park.

Registration is to begin at 8 a.m.; light refreshments and music and other entertainment are planned. Walking teams will have their photos taken, and walkers who raise $100 or more can get a T-shirt.

Participants can register as a team (with four or more members) or individually. Registration is free and is available online at www.alz.org/maryland. To register by phone: 410-561- 9099 or 800-272-3900.

The not-for-profit Alzheimer's Association provides information, consultations and support services for families, and it works to increase funding for research and seeks to influence public policy. Its goal is to prevent, treat and find a cure.

More than 600 Memory Walks are held around the nation.

Hospital to hold neonatal reunion

Howard County General Hospital will hold its 17th Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Reunion from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

"Graduates" of the NICU will celebrate with the staff members who cared for them. Hundreds of former patients are expected to attend. The celebration includes dancing, face-painting, arts and crafts and a magic show.

Since the hospital opened its Special Care Nursery in 1990, more than 5,400 patients have been treated successfully.

Hospice planning annual fundraiser

Hospice of Howard County will hold its annual fundraiser, the Taste & Auction of Howard County, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 21 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City.

The event's theme will be "Caribbean Dreamin'" and will feature a steel drum band, auction items and food provided by 20 Howard County restaurants. A 50/50 raffle and a raffle for a 2007 Mustang convertible are also planned.

Honorary co-chairs for the event are County Executive Ken Ulman and his wife, Jaki.

Tickets are $75. Proceeds will benefit the Hospice of Howard County, which provides medical, emotional and spiritual services to people who are dying, regardless of their ability to pay.

Information or to order tickets: www.hospiceofhoward county.org. Information about sponsorships: 410-730-5072.

Caregiver support -- The Caregiver Support Group at Winter Growth, 5460 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month. 410-964-9616.

Living with illness -- The Howard County chapter of NAMI will sponsor "In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness" from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin River Road, Columbia. Residents whose lives were interrupted by mental illness will speak. The program seeks to convey how people with serious mental disorders cope with the reality of their illness and reclaim productive lives. The event is open to everyone. Admission is free. 410-772-9300.

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