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November 2019 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 11/22/2019

Healthy Lifestyle Key to Preventing, Managing Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and an estimated 84.1 million American adults have pre-diabetes. While these numbers may seem scary, Griffin Health offers information and lifestyle change programs to help prevent or properly manage diabetes. Click here for more information.

What is Diabetes? Learn From Dr. Chi Tang

Looking for information on what to expect from a diabetes diagnosis and to learn how to manage your diabetes? Let Griffin Faculty Physician Dr. Chi Tang fill you in. Watch video.

Silent Warning Signs of Diabetes

The early warning signs of diabetes can be hard to spot at first. Learn more about what “silent” symptoms to look for that may point to diabetes.

What Diabetes Screenings Is Best for You?

There are several ways to diagnose diabetes and test your blood sugar levels. It’s important to meet with your doctor to determine which screening option is right for you. Learn more.

Manage Diabetes with Glucosezone

Griffin’s comprehensive exercise program, Glucosezone, is designed to help patients manage their diabetes and live a healthier life. Watch video.

Diabetes Education & Support Group

If you are managing diabetes, the Griffin Diabetes Education & Support Group offers peer support. Join us the second Tuesday of each month and learn how to manage the challenges of living with diabetes. Learn more.

Join Us for Valley Soul Dec. 11!

Griffin Health invites the community to a hand-clapping, foot-stomping, this-couldn’t-possibly-be-Naugatuck-Valley concert of traditional and contemporary gospel and holiday music on Wed., Dec. 11 at Assumption Church, 61 North Cliff St., Ansonia. Learn more.

Staying Healthy Through Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving may be the kick-off to a season of unhealthy habits, but it doesn’t have to be. Learn ways to stay healthy over the holidays. Learn more.

Get started on a Healthcare Career this winter

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers, at 300 Seymour Avenue, Suite 206 in Derby, is accepting applications for the winter semester of Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and Patient Care Technician (PCT) programs. The accelerated CNA program starts Jan. 13, the PCT and Phlebotomy programs begin Jan. 15. Learn more.

Griffin Physician Excited to Be Back in Shelton Caring for His Hometown

Growing up in the Valley, Shaun Najarian developed a desire to help others in his community. His passion took him out of the state and overseas as he pursued a career as a physician. Now, he’s back in his hometown and excited to repay his community for instilling that drive to care for other’s wellbeing. Dr. Najarian is one of the newest members of Griffin Faculty Physicians, which provides primary and specialty care to the Lower Naugatuck Valley with offices in Shelton, Ansonia, Oxford, Naugatuck and Southbury. Watch Dr. Najarian’s profile video.

AARP Driver Safety Program Dec. 7

Griffin Hospital will host an AARP Driver Safety Program from 8:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 7 at the hospital, 130 Division St., Derby. The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation's first and largest refresher course for drivers. While the course is geared toward drivers age 50 and older, the course is open to everyone. Learn more.

Griffin Hospital Provides Free Prostate Cancer Screenings to 29 Men

The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby recently provided 29 free prostate cancer screenings to help encourage men to get checked for the disease and to increase men’s health awareness. Learn more.

Planetree Honors 20 Exemplary Healthcare Organizations in 7 Countries

Twenty healthcare organizations from around the world were awarded last week with the prestigious Person-Centered Care Certification®. Established by Planetree International, of Derby, CT, the Certification is an international standard for quality in healthcare as defined by patients and family caregivers. These distinguished organizations have each re-designed standard care delivery practices to emphasize compassion, partnership, access and inclusion as critical elements of healthcare quality and safety. Learn more.

Become an ACP Volunteer!

Griffin Hospital is looking for volunteers to help provide patients and caregivers peace of mind about future healthcare decisions. The hospital’s new Advance Care Planning Facilitator Program will train individuals to help guide others in developing a plan for their healthcare, in the event they are unable to speak for themselves. Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process of understanding, reflecting on, and discussing individual goals, beliefs and values in order to determine one's healthcare wishes and select a Health Care Representative to make decisions on his or her behalf. Click here for more information.

Writers Needed!

Griffin Hospital’s Vital Patient Stories Program, which provides patients with short stories about their lives, is looking for volunteers. The program helps improve patient morale and the healing process by taking his or her mind off their illness or treatment.

For more information about the volunteer opportunities at Griffin Hospital or its upcoming complementary healing workshops, call Kathy Browne at 203-732-7555. Click here for more information.

Bereavement Support Groups

Griffin Hospital offers ongoing support groups for anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one.

These groups are facilitated by caregivers in Griffin’s Department of Spiritual Care and Education and provide grief education and support to ease the pain of loss as well as encouraging healing and growth. There will be groups meeting on Tuesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. at the hospital.

Due to limited capacity, pre-registration is required. To learn more or to register, contact Janice Lautier at 203-732-1100 or jlautier@griffinhealth.org.

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