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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smcternan March 2nd, 2014, 5:34 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Recently I read an interesting article about activity levels in different ages of children and adults. Apparently we do little exercise even though we ALL know it is good for us in many ways. Research shows preschool children tend to do better at sit down activities that require focused attention if they have the opportunity to move and exercise in-between focused activities. Have you ever noticed that if you walk on a nice day you feel refreshed and focused on your return to your desk. Most preventative health practices encourage…

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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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Become a Donor

smcternan January 12th, 2014, 9:22 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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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…

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Girl Scouts & Seniors Learn Life Lessons

dstricoff March 12th, 2013, 6:24 AM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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The Girl Scouts Troop 1986 from Westchester has been coming to the VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center to lead and participate in intergenerational activities for many years. We’ve literally watched the girls grow up. Over the years, they’ve become so comfortable and developed a true appreciation for seniors. For our seniors, their creativity and energy has been an inspiration and comfort. Sadly, this year will be Troop 1986’s last year with us. We’re hoping Victoria’s younger brother in the Cub Scouts and younger sister in the Daisies continue intergenerational activities for many years to come. Here…

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The Importance of Dreams

smcternan February 21st, 2013, 12:45 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Ask young children what they want to be when “they grow up,” and you may be pleasantly surprised by their responses. Childhood is filled with wonderful, almost magical, looks at the real world. To all of us adults who may be a little more reality focused, we laugh and think longingly of our own dreams. If you think back to your feelings about growing up, you may have also had very high hopes. Wasn’t that a great feeling? Where did that joy go? Well, dreaming up these marvelous carreer paths never has…

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Cooking and Seniors

dstricoff January 28th, 2013, 12:40 PM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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The Girl Scouts Troop 1986 is working hard on their 2013 intergenerational project at the VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center. The goal of this year’s initiative is to create nutrition-related in home activity kits for an underserved community in Westchester. Some bags will go to VNSNY CHOICE Westchester and others may go to a Meals on Wheels Program in Mt. Vernon.    

A few months ago, Troop 1986 Heart of the Hudson, came to the Center to introduce the project. The Girl Scouts gave a cooking demonstration and led a discussion group…

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Celebrating Grandparents Day

dstricoff September 6th, 2012, 6:27 AM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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On Tuesday, we celebrated Grandparents Day with our friends from the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Daisies in Westchester. Victoria, from Troop 1986, has been coming to the center and coordinating activities for the seniors for the past 6 years. Here are some of her thoughts about the day…

Sharing Grandparents Day with the VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center and some of my scouts was a great opportunity to celebrate grandparents. By using cooking, I was able to bring my great grandmother’s memory to life. I shared her favorite recipes and cookbooks, which she kept…

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Seniors and Scouts – Creating Recipes and Memories

dstricoff August 27th, 2012, 1:35 PM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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The VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center is so lucky to partner with Girl Scout Troop 1986 to create fun and meaningful intergenerational programs for our seniors! Congratulations to Victoria, one of our Scouts that wrote and received a grant from Generations United in Washington DC! Funding will go toward an intergenerational nutritionally based program, which will not only help our seniors but will extend way beyond our four walls. The program will include a Grandparents Day event, creation of an intergenerational cookbook and in-home activity kits for 150 seniors in Westchester.

We’re…

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Generations Helping Each Other – In-Home Activity Kits for Seniors

dstricoff May 4th, 2012, 2:29 PM
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The VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center had an Intergenerational Day with the Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Daisies this week.  It’s wonderful to see how they’ve grown, matured and opened their hearts to seniors since starting at our center years ago.

Victoria, who did an amazing job planning the day of activities, presented about their experience at the American Society on Aging Conference in Washington D.C. in March. She spoke about the Girl Scouts responses the first year they were scheduled to come – “What’s the point, they’re old” or “What…

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