Benefits of Nuts and Seeds

guest October 16th, 2014, 3:04 PM
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nuts-and-seedsThis guest blog is by Lisa R. Young, PhD, RD, CDN. Dr. Young is a nutritionist in private practice, an adjunct professor at New York University, and a blogger for the Huffington Post.

While you may have been told to avoid nuts and seeds due to their high fat and caloric content, these tasty gems contain heart-healthy unsaturated fats, and are truly terrific to include in your diet. They contain protein, fiber, and plant stanols, which may help lower cholesterol, and antioxidants including vitamin E.

Research has found that including a serving…

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VNSNY and National Rehabilitation Awareness Week

guest September 25th, 2014, 1:17 PM
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ot-weekOn September 22nd, VNSNY marked National Rehabilitation Awareness Week (September 21-27) with an event honoring our own rehab therapists. Occupational therapist Siomara Heron spoke at the event.  Her words reflect the importance of the personal connections that our therapists make with their patients at the same time they are providing them with essential therapy, and how these connections help sustain and support the individuals they work with:

“At the age of 23, my first job was in skilled nursing facility. I loved working with so many seniors, and hearing all their…

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Encouraging Patients to Go Outside When the Weather is Nice

guest September 24th, 2014, 12:15 PM
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This guest blog was written by Constantine Checa, a nurse in VNSNY’s Behavioral Health Program for the past three years. She has her psychiatric-mental health nursing certificate and is going to Hunter College to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Most people I’ve met while working at VNSNY–the vast majority of them well into their 70s or older—face multiple obstacles that prevent them from going outside. And most everyone I’ve ever known, no matter what age, hates to be told what to do. So when a person has physical or mental…

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Overcoming Loneliness through Personal Connections

guest August 20th, 2014, 8:48 AM
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165997881Ivriia was receiving home care from VNSNY for a variety of medical conditions, but the care she received from a VNSNY social worker addressed her deepest pain.

“Ivriaa was intelligent and proud,” recalls Shoshana A., the social worker who helped Ivriia deal with the psychological pain and anguish. “She had conflicts with her husband, her family lived out of the country, and she was home bound. She stayed home except to go to the doctor. She felt stuck, lonely, and helpless to change her unhappy state.

“I provided her with perspective and encouragement—resources…

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The Importance of Compassion in Providing Care

guest August 6th, 2014, 8:06 AM
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Caring for our patients goes far beyond seeing to their medical needs. Nurses work to create an attitude of calmness and listen to patients and caregivers with respect. This allows clinicians to provide the right care to every person in every setting.

Eno Onda is a nurse in VNSNY’s Children and Family Services in the Bronx. Recently, Eno received a home care nursing referral for a two-week-old baby, born to a 15-year-old mom. The baby was smaller than normal and had been diagnosed with “failure to thrive.” The mother wanted…

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Tools & Encouragement for Overcoming Diabetes

guest July 16th, 2014, 8:00 AM
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DiabetesJuan had diabetes. He had trouble managing his disease and he didn’t feel his medical professionals understood him, which lead to an antagonistic relationship and failing health. Juan was dealing with various complications, and had even undergone a kidney transplant. Luckily for Juan, VNSNY became a part of his care team, and through kindness and understanding, they established a great relationship. As Juan learned to trust his medical team, his health improved.

“Juan had been through a lot prior to coming to me,” remembers his nurse, Huda. “He’d had a kidney…

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Summertime Skin Protection: Sunscreen is Not Just for the Young

guest July 9th, 2014, 7:54 AM
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Adults and seniors need sun protection too. Wear sunblock!This guest blog was written by Jennifer Morales, an acute care nurse in Queens. She has been with VNSNY for eight years and specializes in wound and geriatric care. She’s currently pursuing her master’s degree in administration at Adelphi University.

We are out in the sun a lot in the summer. My kids go to summer camp; we go to the parks, the pool and the beach; and I always make sure I am slathering my children with sunscreen to protect them from getting too much sun or a sunburn. But…

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Living with Tension and High Blood Pressure

guest June 30th, 2014, 8:00 AM
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A VNSNY social worker with a client.

A VNSNY social worker with a client.

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York received this touching thank you letter from a client.

During a recent meeting with my internist, I mentioned the stress that I live under at home. My husband died a few years ago and my son, who is in his sixties, still lives at home—he’s dependent on me financially. I live with a lot of tension, and had very high blood pressure, which is why I was in the doctor’s office. Psychologically, though, I was in an even…

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The Emotional Aspects of Parkinson’s Disease

guest June 24th, 2014, 6:18 AM
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A VNSNY behavioral health nurse visits a patient at home.

A Visiting Nurse Service of New York behavioral health nurse visits a patient at home.

As a Behavioral Health nurse, Amelia often enters someone’s life during a time of great crisis, illness, and distress. It is her job to help people transform over the course of just a few weeks and bring them from darkness into a better place. Daniel* is a perfect example of her caring approach. A resident of Flushing, Queens, Daniel struggled with symptoms related to his Parkinson’s disease. He was on disability and was depressed because his illness…

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Getting Outside for Your Health

guest June 16th, 2014, 8:00 AM
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prospect_parkBy Amelia Muir, BSN, RN-BC, Behavioral Health Nurse, Visiting Nurse Service of New York

As the weather in New York continues to improve, there is no better time to take advantage of the health benefits one can experience from spending more of the day outside. Research has shown that there are numerous advantages, both for mental and physical health, to getting outside more often.

Vitamin D: Exposure to sunlight can increase Vitamin D levels, which has been shown to help with a variety of ailments from depression to osteoporosis to cardiac disease. While…

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