- Peter Liggett, M.D., a renowned retina specialist, will conduct an educational seminar, “What You Need to Know About Macular Degeneration,” at 10 a.m. June 23 at Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite L.
The event is open to the public. Registration is required by calling the Senior Center at 843-785-6444 or registering online at www.hhmr.org/hhseniorcenter.
Macular degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside back layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them via the optic nerve from the eye to the brain.
Dr. Liggett is a leader in the evaluation and treatment of macular and retinal diseases. Liggett has been a clinical professor of ophthalmology at Yale School of Medicine and Weill Cornell College of Medicine. He founded New England Retina Associates, which had six retina specialists and more than 10,000 patient visits per year.
Hilton Head Macula and Retina is located on the north end of Hilton Head Island at 15A Lafayette Place near the entrance to Indigo Run. For more information, call 843-422-9987 or visit www.hhmr.org.
- Hospice Care of the Lowcountry offers several grief and loss support groups each month, as well as caregiver support sessions.
New Beginnings, an open-ended support for anyone who has lost a loved one through death, is held Thursdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in the library
The church is at 540 William Hilton Pkwy. on Hilton Head Island.
Walking the Pathway of Loss is another bereavement support group, co-led with Dr. Owen Tucker. It is held Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. in the parlor at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church, Hwy. 278 and Simmonsville Road in Bluffton.
A Pregnancy and Infant Loss support group is offered the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Dr. Scott Condie Conference Room at the HCL office.
Partnered with The TEARS Foundation, this group helps families who have suffered infant or pregnancy loss by easing the financial burden of memorial costs, as well as providing support through local groups and peer connections.
Caregiver’s Journey, a support group for caregivers of the elderly and terminally ill, offers peer support, education and recreational activities.
The group meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church and is co-led with Sandy Mecca, RN.
Additionally, a Yoga for Cancer and Chronic Illness class offers restorative and gentle yoga coupled with peer support for those suffering from cancer and chronic illness.
The class is held Wednesdays through June 29 from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. in the Dr. Scott Condie Conference Room at the HCL office and is co-led with yoga instructor Susan Hackett.
Hospice Care of the Lowcountry is located at 7 Plantation Park Dr. in Bluffton. For more information, call 843-706-2296 or visit www.hospicecarelc.org.
- A Caregiver Vent, Learn and Support group will meet at 2:30 p.m. June 28 at Fat Patties, 207 Bluffton Rd. in Old Town Bluffton.
To register, email Leah Kidwell, community educator for Hospice Care of America, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 843-422-2612.
The group is on www.meetup.com, where on-going conversation and RSVP options are available.