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January 2019 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 1/22/2019

Tips to Stay Motivated with Your 2019 Health Goals

Every new year, people make promises to live a more healthy lifestyle, but that’s not an easy goal. At every turn, temptations can lure people towards unhealthy choices. Here are some methods that can help you stick to health goals this year and beyond.

Detox Recipes to Kick off the New Year

A healthy body requires vitamins, minerals and amino acids to operate on a daily basis. All of these superstar food elements help your body’s natural detoxification pathways in a gentle way. Think of it as maintenance care for the liver, kidneys, and digestive tract. Click here for two clean, nutritious recipes that can support your body’s natural detoxification pathways.

What If – The “First Steps” of Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning is about being prepared for the “what if” scenarios that no one likes to think about, but can profoundly alter an individual’s life and painfully disrupt even the most stable families. In less than 60 seconds, you can motivate friends and family to start thinking and begin to do some Advance Care Planning by asking questions like: Due to a sudden illness or accident, you could not make or communicate medical decisions for yourself? Who would make those decisions for you? Would that person know enough about you to make medical decisions in line with your beliefs, preferences and wishes? Is any of this information written down anywhere?

This is what is called Advance Care Planning or ACP. Griffin offers a free service to help adults start this conversation, and we'd be happy to help put you in touch with one of our ACP facilitators.

If we can make Advance Care Planning a routine conversation with loved ones and patients, then we’ll start to develop the skills and build the foundation for more difficult conversations if – when – their health takes a turn. For more information, visit griffinhealth.org/acp.

Find Peace at Griffin’s Free Meditation Program Jan. 24

Griffin Hospital’s Community Health Resource Center will host a free program on meditation on Thurs., Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the hospital.

Janice Lautier, director of Spiritual Care and Education at Griffin Hospital, will present "Finding Peace," an interactive demonstration of how meditation can help individuals achieve tranquility. There will also be an opportunity to participate in a group meditation. Studies have shown that meditation can have many health benefits, including reducing stress, controlling anxiety, improving emotional health and increasing attention span, and managing pain.

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 for the program or for more information, call Kerry or Deborah at 203-732-7399.

Hip Pain? We can help!

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., Feb. 20 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!

New Year, New Career – Become a CNA

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers is offering an evening session of its Accelerated Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program starting March 4 to help individuals start a fulfilling career in healthcare.

The CNA course offers students an affordable and condensed 6-week schedule with classes Monday through Thursday from 5-9 p. m. Course content includes infection control, legal and ethical responsibilities, communications, body mechanics, moving and positioning residents, personal care skills, nutrition, measuring vital signs, and restorative care.

The CNA course tuition fee includes the course book, CPR training, and malpractice insurance coverage for the clinical rotation. The CNA clinical experience will be at Griffin Hospital and a long-term care facility from 5-10 p.m. for 40 hours. After successfully completing the course and clinical experience, students will be qualified to take the State exam for certification as a Nursing Assistant in Connecticut.

Anyone 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED may apply for admission. Early application is encouraged for all courses, as space is limited. For more information or to apply, call 203-732-1276 or 203-732-7578 or visit griffinhealth.org/allied-health.

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.

Prendergast Students Don Mustaches for Men’s Health

Griffin Hospital Health Initiative for Men (HiM) recently received a $340 donation from Prendergast School in Ansonia.

Students raised the funds by selling fake mustaches throughout November. Across the country during November, men take pledges to refrain from shaving or grow mustaches as a way to raise money and awareness for Men’s Health issues, especially prostate cancer.

For more information about HiM, visit griffinhealth.org/him.

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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