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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Natural Ways to Help Depression and Anxiety Symptoms

admin June 19th, 2014, 7:35 AM
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By Amelia Muir, BSN, RN-BC, Behavioral Health Nurse, Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Recently, I’ve been working with a patient to manage his depression and anxiety symptoms. I suggested to Mr. B. that he try taking 15- to 20-minute walks two or three times a week with his home health aide as an experiment to see if this would help to improve his mood. Mr. B. decided to try my suggestion, and over the next few weeks I started to hear a real shift in how he described his life.

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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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“I had no idea what it meant to be a dad.”

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A BFP graduate breaks the cycle of absentee fatherhood.

Studies show that children whose fathers are involved in their lives tend to do much better socially and in school. The Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s Bronx Fatherhood Program aims to break the cycle of absentee fatherhood. This program helps young, low-income fathers understand the important role a father plays in his child’s life and to accept the responsibilities and enjoy the rewards of fatherhood. Participants attend support groups, receive instruction in basic parenting skills, and are connected to resources and agencies…

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Garlic-Crusted Steak on Greens

marthaschueneman June 10th, 2014, 7:00 AM
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In Tuscany, bistecca alla fiorentina, or Florentine-style beefsteak, is traditionally made by grilling a thick porterhouse over a wood-burning fire. I use a different steak and a different cooking method, and those two changes aren’t the only ones. Bistecca alla fiorentina, like all traditional recipes, seems to invite liberties—consult twenty cooks and you’ll find twenty recipes. Some use no garlic at all and just rub the steak with olive oil before seasoning with salt and pepper; others use a dozen cloves. Some add rosemary or sage to the garlic paste,…

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Dealing with Chronic Pain Without Drugs

guest June 2nd, 2014, 6:10 AM
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Arthritic HandsThis guest blog was written by Jennifer Morales, an acute care nurse in Queens. She has been with VNSNY for 8 years and specializes in wound and geriatric care. She’s currently pursuing her masters degree in administration at Adelphi University.

Dealing with chronic pain is not an easy task. Chronic pain is defined as pain that last longer than six months. It affects over 100 million Americans and can take both a physical and emotional toll on patients, so many patients also suffer from depression. Common causes of chronic pain are joint…

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Linguine with Asparagus and Chicken

marthaschueneman May 20th, 2014, 12:32 PM
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Linguine with Asparagus and ChickenOnce upon a time, asparagus heralded spring. Times have changed, and asparagus is in stores for more than just a few weeks in April and May. Just because you can buy asparagus in December and pomegranates in July doesn’t mean you should. I’m a big believer in eating foods when they are in season. They’re fresher and tastier, and they cost half as much as those that are imported from halfway around the globe.

No matter when you buy asparagus, here’s a secret to choosing the best spears: Look at the…

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Know the Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

stav May 15th, 2014, 6:02 AM
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The Alzheimer’s Caregiver

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Last week, I attended the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, lecture “Who Am I Now? The Existential Dilemma of Caregiving.” Jed Levine, the Executive Vice President and Director of Programs and Services, led a panel discussion with author Alix Kates Shulman, who has been a caregiver to her husband with dementia since 2004; Daniel Kuhn, who is also an author and a social worker; and Sharon Shaw, a social worker and psychotherapist who leads caregiver support groups.

Every panelist had their own insight on caregiving – specifically giving for those with…

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