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November 2018 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 11/29/2018

Taking a Hard Look at Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month, and a good time to think about getting tested for diabetes or learning prevention and management tips. There is a good chance you or someone close to you is affected by diabetes. More than 30 million Americans (9.4% of the population), have diabetes, and an estimated 84.1 million adult Americans have pre-diabetes.

Are You at Risk for Diabetes?

In the last decade, the number of people with diabetes jumped almost 50 percent – to 30 million Americans. There are many risk factors for diabetes, some may even surprise you. Click here to take a quiz to see if you are at risk.

Silent Warning Signs of Diabetes

Nearly 25 percent of people with diabetes don't even know it because they have “silent symptoms.” Talk to your doctor about getting tested if you think you might be at risk. Read about the “silent symptoms.”

Managing Diabetes? Let Us Help!

The Diabetes Education & Support Group can help you manage living with diabetes through education and peer support. The group usually meets the second Tuesday of each month. Click below for more information. Click here for more information.

Easy Recipes to Help Prevent Diabetes

We've put together easy recipes full of fiber, healthy fat and protein to help prevent diabetes by keeping blood sugar stable for a long period of time. Click here to view the recipes.

Griffin Hospital to Host Soul in the Valley Holiday Concert Dec. 12

Griffin Hospital invites the community to a free holiday concert on Wed., Dec. 12 at Assumption Church, 61 North Cliff St., Ansonia. The Griffin Hospital Annual Holiday Concert will feature Valley Soul, a choir of volunteer singers under the direction of recording artist and music industry veteran Angela Clemmons. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments to follow the concert. The event is free and open to all. No reservations needed. Seating is general admission on a first come, first served basis.

Join us for a FREE Hip Seminar!

Learn how minimally-invasive surgery can relieve your pain and get you back in action!

Join Orthopedic Surgeon Philip Minotti, MD, for a free seminar about the anterior hip replacement surgery at Griffin Hospital on Wed., Dec. 19 at 5:45 p.m.

These seminars are offered monthly at Griffin Hospital. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to reserve your spot, call Griffin Hospital Orthopaedic Care Specialist Amy Gagne at 203-732-7524.

Dr. Minotti will explain the advanced Direct Anterior Approach, which offers important advantages over standard surgical procedures. There is generally less pain, it decreases the length of stay in the hospital, and can have you enjoying better comfort and mobility in as little as a few days!

Learn the Skills of Special Education Advocacy at Griffin Hospital on Dec. 6

The Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital will host a free talk to help caregivers of students with special needs advocate for their loved ones education on Thurs., Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Kevin Daly, Health Care Information Specialist with PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of Connecticut, will lead “The ‘Soft Skills’ of Special Education Advocacy,” a presentation for parents of students with disabilities who want to sharpen their advocacy skills. This program is part of a series of free, educational forums hosted by the Community Health Resource Center in an effort to help improve the health of the community. To register or for more information, call Kerry or Deborah at 203-732-7399.

Griffin Hospital to Host Fall Prevention Program Dec. 7

The Valley Parish Nurse Program at Griffin Hospital and Griffin Hospital Lifeline will host a free Fall Prevention Program on Fri., Dec. 7 from 9 a.m.-noon. The program will discuss the dangers of falling, especially for seniors, and will help attendees prevent falls by: Assessing their fall risk; teaching them to assess their, or a loved one’s, risk of falling; teaching and practicing exercises to improve balance and leg strength; providing a medication review; encouraging annual eye exams; teaching ways to reduce tripping hazards at home and learning how to get up or to call for fast help if a fall occurs. To reserve a seat or for more information, contact Esther at 203-732-1523 or ejones@griffinhealth.org.

School of Allied Health Careers Offers Winter Semester for CNA, PCT and Phlebotomy

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers, at 300 Seymour Avenue, Suite 206 in Derby, is offering winter classes for its Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Patient Care Technician (PCT) and Phlebotomy programs. Classes for the CNA program will be Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. starting Jan. 14. The day PCT program and the Phlebotomy program begin Jan 15. For more information or to apply, call 203-732-1276 or 203-732-7578 or visit griffinhealth.org/allied-health. Read more.

Griffin’s Low Dose Lung Cancer Screening Featured on WTNH

Dr. Richard Salzano, Chair of Surgery at Griffin Hospital, and Co-Founder of the Lung Cancer Screening Program at Griffin, and Dian Ostuno, a local lung cancer survivor, were recently interviewed on WTNH’s CT Style. Utilizing Griffin Hospital’s state-of-the-art, 128-slice CT scanner, screening exams are performed at ultra-low-dose radiation levels yet still yielding excellent imaging results. The program is open to individuals ages 55-77, with at least a 30 pack year history of smoking and/or a lung cancer survivor; and one or more added risk factors for lung cancer. This includes people who still smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Since the start of the program, more than 2,591 scans have been made, resulting in 29 numbers of cancers being detected. For more information, visit griffinhealth.org/lung. Click here to see the interview.

Join the 1 Billion Step Challenge!

Get fit and help Griffin meet its community goal of one billion steps!

Griffin Hospital and News8-WTNH have challenged Connecticut to get up, get moving and improve their well-being by taking one billion steps.  Sign up for free at OneBillionStepsCT.com, create a profile and follow the directions to start tracking steps.

Click here for more information.

Do You Know about Advance Care Planning?

Did you know Medicare covers Advance Care Planning services like help creating an Advance Directive (living will)? Contact Griffin Hospital’s Advance Care Planning services at 203-732-1255 or acp@griffinhealth.org to find out how we can help. CLICK HERE for an explanation of Advance Care Planning and resources to help you get started. We’ve also created a list of questions to help you prepare.

Volunteers Wanted for Innovative Hospital Elder Life Program at Griffin

The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) at Griffin Hospital is looking for volunteers to provide additional support for elderly patients.

HELP is designed to offer special services to older adults while hospitalized at Griffin Hospital. Between 30 and 50 percent of seniors can experience a decline in their physical and cognitive abilities during a hospital stay.

Training and supervision will be provided. No previous medical experience is required. Volunteers have a choice of working various weekday shifts between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Scholarship incentives are also available for eligible college students.

The next HELP training is scheduled to begin in the spring. To learn more about this exciting program or to become a HELP volunteer, please call Laura Murphy at 203-732-7466.

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