Giving it Their Best

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The Threshold Choir. Sue Ribaudo is in the middle of the back row, in the blue shirt.

The Threshold Choir. Sue Ribaudo is in the middle of the back row, in the blue shirt.

April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week, and this marks the 40th year of recognizing the people who give their time and their talents to our organization and our communities.  This week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. A Day in the Life talked to two of VNSNY’s amazing volunteers.

Sue Ribaudo is the Music Director of the New York City chapter of the Threshold…

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Q&A: A Conversation with a Long-Distance, Long-Time Caregiver

guest March 21st, 2014, 10:53 AM
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lisahirschandmomA Day in the Life spoke with Lisa Hirsch, author of My Mom My Hero: Alzheimer’s—A mother and daughter’s bittersweet journey, creator of the My Mom My Hero blog, and long-distance caregiver of her mother Ruth, who has Alzheimer’s.

Your mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s more than nine years ago. How has your relationship with your mom changed?
Oh, it’s changed completely. I just fell deeply in love with my mother. She inspires me. Before her illness we spoke maybe once a week. Since her illness, I’ve spoken to her nearly every single…

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Living Well as Home at 101

guest September 13th, 2013, 8:00 AM
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centarian_ruth_gruberNewspapers worldwide once touted Dr. Ruth Gruber’s precocious accomplishment as the world’s youngest Ph.D, but now that she is 101 years old, Ruth’s great age is part of what makes her remarkable. As one of VNSNY’s centenarian patients, Ruth is among more than 650 New Yorkers in our care who have passed the century mark and are still living comfortably at home—thanks to the frontline clinicians who carry out our mission, like Ruth’s nurse Amy Willie.

At age 20 in 1932, Ruth dodged reporters clamoring for interviews about her academic feat.…

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Talking about Hospice Ethics

guest September 4th, 2013, 8:57 AM
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Kirk headshotTimothy W. Kirk, PhD, is ethics consultant to VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York, York College.

Hospice care is care supported by a team of nurses, social workers, spiritual care counselors, physicians and many others and is provided to patients at the end of life.  It is a philosophy of care that puts the goals and values of patients and their families first, developing plans of care tailored to their specific preferences and situations.  Sometimes, figuring out which care decisions do…

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10 Ways to Make Your Favorite Meal a Healthy Meal

guest February 27th, 2013, 11:10 AM
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This guest blog was written by Theresa Brereton, Visiting Nurse Service of New York Regional Nutritional Manager.

Looking for easy ways to make your favorite meals a little healthier? Try these 10 simple tips—you won’t have to give up the things you love when you learn a few heart-healthy cooking skills.

Roast
Try it for meats and vegetables. Use a rack so meat/poultry does not sit in its own drippings. Baste with fat-free, unsweetened liquids like wine, or salt-free or low-sodium tomato juice or lemon juice.

Bake
Add a little extra liquid to meats and vegetables,…

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The VNSNY Early Steps Family Center Is a Safe Haven for Families in Rockaway

guest August 6th, 2012, 9:31 AM
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family_center1Standing on the boardwalk at Beach 84th Street and the Shore Front Parkway, facing the serene Atlantic Ocean beachfront, it’s easy to see why Rockaway, Queens was once an alluring vacation spot for many New Yorkers. When the area’s popularity started to decline in the years after World War II, the city built many housing projects, in the name of urban revitalization. In the decades since, the community has become a residential neighborhood of limited means. If you turn away from the water, walk inland down Beach 84th Street, you’ll…

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Q & A with Mary Winters, Director of Facility Care for VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care

guest August 1st, 2012, 12:55 PM
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Winters2Mary Winters talks about why a home health care agency provides hospice care in a hospital setting, and why the Haven, VNSNY’s Hospice Specialty Care Unit at Bellevue Hospital, has the potential to change how New Yorkers receive end-of-life care.

It seems counterintuitive that a home health care agency provides care in facilities—especially hospice. Isn’t the goal of hospice to allow patients to avoid hospitals?
Most patients’ symptoms can be managed at home and they are able to die comfortably at home. At the Haven, our in-patient unit at Bellevue, we provide around-the-clock…

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Yoga as Therapy

guest June 1st, 2012, 12:45 PM
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ninaBy Nina Priya Ma David

I originally founded Creative Yoga Therapy to provide inspiring, therapeutic services for a wide variety of needy populations. As a result, I have had the honor of sharing Yoga with a multi-cultural elderly population.

While some of my elderly students are ambulatory, alert, responsive and agreeable, others are not. Many are physically disabled. Some are de-conditioned and extremely weak. Some take medication that makes them drowsy or irritable. Some are mentally impaired. Others are so anxious or depressed that, no matter what you say or do, they resist…

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Twitter Chat Transcript of Depression in the Elderly

guest May 29th, 2012, 2:43 PM
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mnhomecare Welcome everyone to our Twitter Chat about depression in older adults. #VNSNYchat #homecarechat is teaming up today.
HCANYS Ready for #homecarechat with @mnhomecare and @VNSNY_News
RachelleNorman I’ll be in the #vnsnychat for the next hour, discussing depression among older adults. #vnsnychat
mnhomecare During chat @VNSNY_News will be Larry Jacobsberg, MD & PhD is a psychiatrist in VNSNY’s Behavioral Health program #VNSNYchat #homecarechat
thinkhomecare Here as well. #homecarechat
mnhomecare I’ll start with general questions and anyone should chime in with their experiences and advice. #VNSNYchat #homecarechat
mnhomecare We’ll leave some room at the end of the hour to ask Larry any specific questions…
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Twitter Chat Transcript of Fall Prevention in Elderly Adults

guest April 24th, 2012, 2:46 PM
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@stavieb: Welcome everyone to our first Twitter Chat, it’s Stav, usually tweeting as @VNSNY_news and today I’ll be acting as moderator. #VNSNYchat
April 19, 2012, 5: 00 pm

@stavieb: We’re talking about falls risk, especially in older adults, how 2 spot signs & prepare in advance to help avoid an injury. #VNSNYchat
April 19, 2012, 5: 00 pm

@stavieb: During chat @VNSNY_news will be Dr. Eileen Bach. She’s a PT w/ clinical doctorate & Director of Rehabilitation QA & Ed at VNSNY #VNSNYchat
April 19, 2012, 5: 01 pm

@stavieb: Why don’t we spend a few minutes introducing…

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