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Ten Years Into The Journey

jjue August 31st, 2013, 1:30 PM
Jeffrey Jue, PT, Rehabilitation Consultant
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Ten years ago this week, I shed the title of physical therapy student and started my first day of work. I stepped through the front doors of a New York area hospital a bit nervous, filled with enthusiasm and a new license in hand.

Today I make home visits, the license has been renewed several times and the enthusiasm is still strong. I’ve had my share of success and of course made mistakes along the way. Before I knew it, one day turned into a year which turned to five and here…

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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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Storm Preparation: Tips from Seniors

dstricoff February 12th, 2013, 1:36 PM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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Last Friday, everyone was on alert for the impending snow storm. We weren’t sure how many seniors would attend the Day Center, but we opened for those who wanted to come. We had early dismissal to get everyone home safely before the storm arrived, even though they didn’t want to stop activities!

I was simply amazed at how many seniors showed up on Friday! 

Ms. N. told me that, although her daughter wanted her to stay home, she said, “I’m going to the Center – it’s my second home and I’m not missing…

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Volunteers: A Key Part of Adult Day Services

dstricoff February 7th, 2013, 11:28 AM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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The VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center is lucky to have a fantastic group of volunteers that help us serve our members! Volunteers come to us from all walks of life, ages (12 – 80 years old) and cultural backgrounds. They have a wide variety of talents and skills to share with our members, including pet therapy, art, music and computers. Most importantly, they bring companionship and compassion to support our members.     

I recently read a quote from President Woodrow Wilson that moved me and really described our volunteers: “You are not here to…

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Computer Classes for Seniors

dstricoff January 25th, 2013, 12:44 PM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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At the VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center in Woodside, Queens, we’re excited that we have begun offering computer classes to VNSNY CHOICE members! Our Activities Coordinator, Michele, has been working hard to recruit and train volunteers and staff to lead this new effort.  

Members are learning about the internet and how to find music, Skype, news, fashion and videos. They are practicing how to use a mouse by playing simple match games and solitaire. On the tablets, they’re playing word games, match games, Family Feud, The Price Is Right and tuning into radio…

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Prevent Falls with a Nightlight

jjue January 25th, 2013, 9:12 AM
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Are you looking for a device that can help your loved one lower his or her risk of falling in the home? How about one that fits in the palm of your hand? Surprisingly this post isn’t about the latest generation of smart phones, but the good old-fashioned nightlight.

I have found that many older adults fall at night simply because adequate and accessible light is not available. A routine trip to the bathroom could potentially result in injury. Unfortunately, in this country, falls related injuries continue to be one…

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Member Wisdom: Love Myself, Love Others

dstricoff January 2nd, 2013, 11:41 AM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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2012 was a great year for the VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center! Filled with activities, laughter, love and compassion, our members and staff once again demonstrated what a special haven our center has become.   

What do our members hope for in 2013?  Here are some of their thoughts…

  • Stay healthy with the help of VNSNY CHOICE!
  • Eat the right foods
  • Laugh more
  • Exercise
  • Walk in the light
  • Make new friends
  • Be honest
  • Live peacefully among everyone
  • Love myself so I can love others
  • Loving everyone helped me make it to 92 years old – I’ll keep doing what I’m doing!

On behalf of our…

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A Joyful Sing-a-Long

dstricoff December 26th, 2012, 1:10 PM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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Our Adult Day Center is so lucky to have an exceptional group of home health aides caring for our seniors. Our aides come from Partners in Care, a part of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York that’s been providing home care professionals since 1983. Partners in Care has been a dedicated, outstanding partner to the VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center since we opened in 2000. Many of our aides have been here for more than 10 years, and the care and compassion they provide is second to none. For the…

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Holiday Activities and Adult Day Centers

dstricoff December 17th, 2012, 9:12 AM
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Christmas ornamentThe holidays are a festive time of year at the VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center. Since we serve seniors from over 30 countries, it’s important to us that we incorporate all cultures and traditions into our celebrations.

In addition to all of our holiday parties filled with multi-cultural entertainment, music and dancing, we had a tree-trimming party that sparked lots of reminiscing. Members’ faces lit up as they talked about memories and traditions from their countries. Ms. S. remembered making their family ornaments. She said that our tree-trimming festivities help to…

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Hurricane Sandy – Different Generations, Different Perspectives

dstricoff November 19th, 2012, 2:56 PM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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It’s been so interesting listening to the reactions to Hurricane Sandy. At the VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center, we’ve definitely noticed different generational reactions to the storm. Our seniors are more accepting of the difficult circumstances, especially our seniors from other countries. They tell us that they’ve “seen it all and this is life,” and their expectations about how quickly things should “get back to normal” after the storm are quite different from the younger generations. They seem to have more patience coping with the stress and they focus on…

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