Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events in New York City

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Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Remember to speak to your primary care provider about scheduling a breast exam or mammogram! If you’d like to show your support for those affected by the disease (or get some support yourself), there are several events throughout the month. Here are some of them:

October 4: We Run for Fun 5K Run/Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness

October 18: Saturday Night Yacht Club Pink Party

October 19: Making Strides sponsored by the American Cancer Society

October 18-19: Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

October 29: In the Pink: Stay…

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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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VNSNY and Women’s History Month

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March has been a big month for VSNY on Facebook. It’s Women’s History Month and we celebrated our founder, Lillian Wald’s 147th birthday on March 10th. Here are our top three posts:

Which post if your favorite?

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Weekly Facebook Roundup for January 12, 2014

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Here are the top posts for the week. Which was your favorite?

STRESS Less Holiday

smcternan December 26th, 2013, 10:58 AM
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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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Facebook Roundup for Giving Tuesday

stav December 8th, 2013, 8:00 PM
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This past week was Giving Tuesday and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York promoted some of the amazing programs that are funded directly from generous donations. Here is a roundup of some of those posts:

How did you spend Giving Tuesday?

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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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Patient Visit: Caring for his Mom with Liver Cancer

stav September 6th, 2013, 8:00 AM
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caregiver2We woke him up when we arrived, well after 10 am, but it’s no surprise he needs to sleep in. Victor is 25-years-old, works at night and finds it hard to sleep because he is constantly checking on his mom who is dying of liver cancer.

Victor told me how quickly her decline had been and how she was so full of energy and life just a short time ago. Then, the last time she went to the hospital for an emergency and before she was released, VNSNY’s hospice team approached Victor…

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Talent for End-of-Life Care

stav September 3rd, 2013, 7:24 AM
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hospice_nurse2Dahlia’s experience with her mother’s passing influenced her to become a hospice nurse. She came to New York City and got a job with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, a job she loves. She left briefly to work at another hospice and, after one day, knew she wanted to be back with VNSNY. She called her old boss who welcomed her with open arms, because in just that one day, she was already missed terribly.

When I had asked VNSNY blogger and hospice manager, Vince Corso, if he knew of…

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Five Steps to Back to School

smcternan August 30th, 2013, 9:07 PM
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school-40597_150It is that time of year and, as Mom’s and Dad’s rejoice, kids are in shock! How did summer go by so quick? Busy summer schedules makes for a fast  two months and before you know it, summer is over and the school year routine has begun again.

Here are some suggestions on transitioning back to school smoothly, without tears, anxiety and sudden illnesses.

  1. Shop for all your back to school stuff as early as possible. I sometimes get back to school gear in June!
  2. Start getting into your routine a week before…
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