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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Move It, Move It

smcternan March 16th, 2014, 1:00 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Upon my return from a national conference on all things Pediatrics and Healthcare, an interesting discussion was ignited by Bone Health and the loss of bone density in children. Why are children today experiencing more bone breakage and weaker bones? Does the use of sunscreen have anything to do with it? Maybe,but then again maybe not as skin cancer is also on the rise in younger and younger children. What is a parent to do about their child’s bone health. Well it is known that kids that are active have…

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It’s Snowing…..

smcternan February 16th, 2014, 11:49 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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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…

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Bridging the Generations: A Winning Strategy for Family Caregivers

jsantamaria January 29th, 2014, 5:02 PM
Judy Santamaria, MSPH
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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…

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STRESS Less Holiday

smcternan December 26th, 2013, 10:58 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Rushing, running and feeling a little overwhelmed. This time of year can do it to all of us. We try to plan and sudden last minute changes make us spin. How to handle it well and not take it our on your family, friends, pets or pillow!! Well suggestions posed by experts recommend not indulging (food and Wine) too much will help. Well if that is not a contributor to your stress then what can you do to glide through this time of year with less stress. The holidays are…

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A Day in the Life of a Shark

smcternan August 17th, 2013, 10:27 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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A friend was recently fishing along the New Jersey coast and caught five Brown Sharks, on one day, and no it was not all the same shark. As he fished off the beach-not that far from a large group of swimmers, they were there and there were many. The experienced fisherman informed me they are harmless but so close  to swimmers, we are in their territory. What have you ocean swimmers learned? Like all wild creatures they have skills that help them survive and when provoked  those skills come into…

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Hot Weather Safety: Six Essential Tips

jjue July 19th, 2013, 12:37 PM
Jeffrey Jue, PT, Rehabilitation Consultant
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egypt-21157_1280[1]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…

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Caregivers Need Fresh Air Too!

jsantamaria July 9th, 2013, 12:44 PM
Judy Santamaria, MSPH
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walk_central_parkAfter this year’s long and rain-filled spring, just about everyone I know is itching to get out and enjoy the extended daylight and gentle breezes. Recent research has shown that being in nature has very real benefits for our physical and emotional health. For family caregivers, summer weather offers opportunities for slowing down a bit and exploring the healing powers of nature.

Most of us don’t get outside enough. The EPA has shown that the average American spends 90% of their time indoors.1 And of course, family caregivers looking after a homebound…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Easy Cooking Tips

jjue March 27th, 2013, 9:19 PM
Jeffrey Jue, PT, Rehabilitation Consultant
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MealThose living with Rheumatoid Arthritis often have difficulty with daily activities and cooking is no exception. This chronic condition causes inflammation at the joints and surrounding tissues. This can affect your ability to use a cutting board, open jars, carry pots and stand for long periods of time.

But by using certain kitchen tools and modifying your kitchen environment, you can decrease the amount of stress placed on your joints. If you or a loved has Rheumatoid Arthritis, follow these tips to make cooking easier.

Use Adaptive Kitchen Tools

  • Speed up and reduce prep work with a food processor
  • Decrease…
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Helping Loved Ones with Hearing Loss

jsantamaria March 5th, 2013, 3:01 PM
Judy Santamaria, MSPH
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The latest research from Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute on Aging showed that seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing.1 When I read this, I was expecting to see the suggestion that the use of hearing aids can, therefore, help prevent dementia. Unfortunately, that recommendation did not come (hearing aid use is the subject of the researchers’ next study).  So are there any lessons for a family caregiver of an elderly person who is exhibiting signs of hearing loss?

First, it…

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