• Memory Matters has several openings in its Connections program for persons who are in the early stages of dementia or who have mild cognitive impairment.

The group meets from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday.

This is a proactive program that encourages cognitive stimulation, incorporating technology, yoga, and creativity, and promotes a sense well-being.

For more information call Karen Doughtie at 843-842-6688.

  • Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) was selected to be among the first hospitals in the nation to join the Enhancing Maternity Practices (EMPower) breastfeeding initiative.

EMPower Breastfeeding is a hospital-based quality improvement program in which hospitals can earn Baby-Friendly USA designation for meeting 10 breastfeeding standards established by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

The goal of the program is to increase breastfeeding rates throughout the United States and to improve public health.

The standards include items such as having a written breastfeeding policy, having staff members who can teach new mothers how to breastfeed, and teaching all mothers about the health benefits of breastfeeding.

As part of the program, MUMC will receive training materials and coaching for staff in breastfeeding quality initiatives.

Hospitals earn Baby-Friendly designation when they complete and implement the 10 steps to successful breastfeeding.

It is a three-year program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity.

To learn more, visit www.memorial health.com.