Know the Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

stav May 15th, 2014, 6:02 AM
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Stroke Signs and Symptoms (1)

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The Alzheimer’s Caregiver

stav May 13th, 2014, 9:20 AM
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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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Seasonal Complaints

smcternan May 12th, 2014, 11:42 AM
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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.…

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National Nurses Week Facebook Roundup

stav May 12th, 2014, 11:29 AM
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Starting on Tuesday, May 6 and ending on Monday, May 12, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York honored the many nurses that work so hard every day with these posts from Facebook.

Learning to Be a Mother with Help From VNSNY

guest May 9th, 2014, 6:41 AM
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This is the story of CG, a graduate of Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s Nurse-Family Partnership program.

nfp2I was born and raised in the Bronx. My parents were drug addicts and unable to properly care for me. After my maternal grandmother died, my aunt assumed guardianship of me and my brother. She was very abusive.

Despite growing up in turmoil, I had a dream: to become a doctor. I was on a clear path … and then I found out I was pregnant.

My life shifted significantly. I found myself alone and afraid.…

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Asthmatic-Don’t Suffer Through Allergies!

smcternan May 7th, 2014, 2:01 PM
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Here comes the pollen, mold, airborne irritants that all asthmatics really dread. Well there are methods to deal with this season with a positive outcome rather than a trip to the ER. How? Well, to begin with there are certain strategies that can curtail your symptoms. There are some easy ways for exampleTaking your medications as prescribed and monitoring your symptoms. It is best to treat symptoms early not late. While heading outside consider protecting your eyes from airborne irritanats by wearing large sunglasses, wear a hat and wash your…

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Smiles or Sorrows

smcternan April 27th, 2014, 7:50 PM
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On a good day we are all smiles…on a bad day we are?  Everyday we choose our mood based on any number of things. The good side of the bed the wrong side of the bed. A great night sleep or a poor night sleep.We all need rest but some of us may need more than others. Well when all things are considered some children are naturally happy temperaments and others not so much. What is a mom or dad to do if their child is all smiles or all…

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Parkinson’s Disease & Bone Health

marthaschueneman April 17th, 2014, 6:30 AM
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Unfortunately, there’s no magic bullet—or even a recommended diet—that can help to prevent or even relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. But that doesn’t mean you can eat anything you want! It’s always important to eat a balanced diet, focusing on nutrient-rich foods. Medications used to treat Parkinson’s often cause nausea or decreased appetite, so you want to make sure that you’re getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs—especially when it comes to calcium and vitamin D.

Those with Parkinson’s are…

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Giving it Their Best

guest April 8th, 2014, 12:35 PM
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The Threshold Choir. Sue Ribaudo is in the middle of the back row, in the blue shirt.

The Threshold Choir. Sue Ribaudo is in the middle of the back row, in the blue shirt.

April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week, and this marks the 40th year of recognizing the people who give their time and their talents to our organization and our communities.  This week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. A Day in the Life talked to two of VNSNY’s amazing volunteers.

Sue Ribaudo is the Music Director of the New York City chapter of the Threshold…

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Dairy Farms and Open Space

smcternan April 7th, 2014, 8:10 AM
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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…

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