Since 2009, Hing Lin (Helen) Sit, LCSW, has managed VNSNY’s Chinatown Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NNORC). The program, based in VNSNY’s Chinatown Community Center at 7 Mott Street, provides health, social, educational and recreational services to seniors in a 24-block area of Chinatown in lower Manhattan, to help them age in place successfully.
How did you come to the Chinatown NNORC?
I was doing social work at another home care company when I heard VNSNY was looking…
18% of men under the age of 65 do not have medical insurance.
34.6% of men 20 years of age and older are considered obese.
31.6% of men 20 years of age and older have hypertension.
12.1% of men 18 years of age and over are in fair or poor health.
(Data retrieved from CDC Website.)
It makes sense to talk about healthy activities that inspire change in some of these trends during Men’s Health Month.
I asked some…
By 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…
As the pollen flies…so does the nose. As anyone who suffers from allergies knows, the irritation from seasonal pollens and allergens can cause havoc. What is a allergy suffer to do?
Check the weather forecasts, and pay careful attention to the pollen counts. When they are high, take steps to protect your airway. Masks may be too much for you, but you can always wrap a loose scarf over your mouth and nose.
Take any medications that are prescribed for you, but know when you are dosing and don’t over do it.…
I recently spent a wonderful, sunny and warm weekend in Pennsylvania, where I happily noticed sooo much green. After such a long winter with everything covered in white it was nice to see, hear and smell all that spring is.
Southeastern Pennsylvania has so many farmlands that it seems to roll on forever. I love this kind of countryside and know that there are many children and adults who never leave their communities to experience it. Here in the city, there are many things that are beautiful, but rolling pastures and grazing…
Another day of school at home, and a day at home doing what? Well most kids are not complaining about not going to school, but I can safely say that my kids have caught up (sufficiently) on deprived sleep.
We have also shoveled and dug out from snow bound homes, apartments and cars many times over now. Shoveling is hard work, and it is not the type of work that gets you in shape. Shoveling stresses your back more than anything.
On the other hand, snow forts and snow people and snowball fights…
Posted in: Children and Teens, Events, Healthy in NYC, Home Safety, Staying Active, Your Mind and Body Tags: exercise, gratitude, intergenerational programs, parenting, prevention, Recreation Therapy, tips, wellness
We often refer to the difficulties faced by the “sandwich generation” — those in their 40s and 50s who find themselves caring for elderly family members while they still have children at home. Worrying about driving your elderly mom to the doctor can be especially stressful when you also need to cook a healthy meal for your growing teen. But sandwiched caregivers, take heart: While no one can diminish the stresses you face in caring for both older and younger family members, this may be an opportunity for multiple generations…
Have you ever considered combating loneliness by sharing your living space with someone else? Brain studies prove that the more social we are, the longer we live—and the better quality of life we enjoy. In one study, researchers at Harvard Medical School followed nearly 45,000 people who had heart disease or were at high risk of developing it. The four-year study found that those who lived alone were more likely to die from heart attack, stroke or other heart-related problems than those who lived with others.
Many seniors live alone after divorce or…
As New Years’ resolutions go most have settled into working out, more family time, eating healthy and balancing work and life better. But for those of you who may not have chosen or even consider doing anything new with the New Year I urge you to consider becoming an organ donor. Why? Well for one thing there are so many awaiting organs, estimates are that about 15,000 people die per year that would make perfect donors had they consented to donation. For every person who donates there are multiple recipients…
Posted in: Bereavement and Grief, Caregiving, Children and Teens, Diseases and Conditions, Events, Health Care Tips, Healthy in NYC Tags: caregiving, coping with illness, intergenerational programs, organ donor, parenting, pediatrics, prevention, safety, self-management, tips, wellness
Rising summer temperatures are not only a source of discomfort but can cause heat related illnesses especially in the elderly. Before you head outdoors stay safe by following these essential safety precautions.
1) Check the latest local heat advisories
2) Avoid walking between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — generally the hottest time of the day
3) Begin your daily walk at a slow pace to prevent exhaustion and retreat to a cool place if you start to feel uncomfortable
4) Wear light colored and loose fitting clothing
5) Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids to stay adequately hydrated and pack…