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June 2019 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 6/20/2019

‘Man-up’ for Good Health

June is Men’s Health Month. Making it a perfect time for you men out there (and those with men in their lives) to focus on everything men need to do to get (and stay) healthy. Getting into the habit of scheduling an annual physical is especially important for men, who are 25 percent less likely than women to have visited a healthcare provider in the past year.

When you don’t have an annual physical, you are more likely to miss important screenings for chronic health condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. Click here for more information about Griffin’s Health Initiative for Men, which encourages men to get the good health they need.

Top Five Screenings for Men

Early detection is key to effective treatment, so screening tests are the most important things a man can do for his health. Click here to learn the top 5 screenings for men.

Win Free Gift Cards at the Griffin Men's Health Day

Griffin's Health Initiative for Men (HiM) will be giving out free game passes and chances to win gift cards to men who take part in free screenings at its Men’s Health Day Sat., June 22 from noon-4p.m. at The Sports Center of Connecticut, 784 River Rd. in Shelton. Everyone is welcome. Click here for more information.

Improve Your Lifestyle this Summer

Griffin Hospital is helping individuals make this summer a sensational start to a healthier life with a special condensed eight-week version of its popular Wellness for Life Program starting June 25. Wellness for Life is an evidence-based lifestyle change program that helps prevent and treat many chronic diseases. Learn more.

Wellness for Life is an evidence-based lifestyle change program that helps prevent and treat many chronic diseases. Meeting on Tuesdays from 1-3:30 p.m. until Aug. 13 at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby, the program offers a custom fitness evaluation, individual nutritional guidance, one-on-one coaching, and small, interactive health seminars so participants can make a commitment to a healthier life. Each participant also receives a Fitbit, which helps track participants’ activity, sleep patterns and food intake. Click here for more information.

What You Need to Know about Prostate Cancer

Click here to see a video of Dr. Joseph Cardinale, Radiation Oncologist at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, explain the symptoms of and treatment for men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Take Control of Your Diabetes

Griffin Hospital is offering a free, six-week workshop to help empower individuals diagnosed with diabetes take control of their health. The Live Well Diabetes Self-Management Workshop will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. on Thursdays from June 20 to Aug. 1 at the hospital. Click here for more information.

Recipes Dad Will Love

Dads love to grill and what better time of year to grill than summer? Here are some tasty summer recipes for dad to try out. Click here to see the recipes.

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Debilitating Falls

The Valley Parish Nurse Program at Griffin Hospital and Griffin Hospital Lifeline will host a free Fall Prevention Program on Fri., June 21 from 9 a.m.-noon at the hospital. The program will discuss the dangers of falling, especially for seniors, and will help attendees prevent falls. Click here for more information.

Patient Family Advisory Council Helps Griffin Provide Person-Centered Care

Griffin Hospital’s Patient Family Advisory Council is designed to provide valuable patient/family insight to care and services provided. As either former patients themselves or family members of patients, the 14-member Council is charged with providing real-time feedback/insight with the goal of enhancing hospital services and programs. The Council partners with the hospital to assist in maintaining its patient-center care focus. Click here for more information.

Snow Shovels and Healthcare Decisions

Spring is a great time to buy a snow shovel! There’s no urgency, it’s easy to do, and buying one isn’t going to bring on any snow. Best of all, there is immense satisfaction in knowing you’re ready for the first storm of the season!

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is like buying snow shovels in the spring.  It’s best done when there’s no health crisis. Conversations are relaxed, thoughtful, informative and productive. No amount of discussion, no matter how serious, is going to hasten the onset of anyone’s last days. And the knowledge that important values, beliefs, priorities and health care preferences have been discussed and communicated to loved ones is a precious gift – and relief – for all.

So, learn from your snow shovel! Just as you know how to plan ahead for winter’s storms, use that same wisdom to start a conversation and make some important plans for future health care.

Advance Care Planning information and Advance Directive forms are available in Griffin’s Community Health Resource Center. For additional resources, assistance or to meet with an ACP Facilitator, call the Advance Care Planning office (203-732-1255).

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.

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., July 17 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!

Get Certified as a CNA in Weeks!

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers, 300 Seymour Ave., Suite 206 in Derby, is offering a summer session of its Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course starting July 15. The School is also taking applications for its Certified Clinical Medical Assistant course starting in the fall. Learn more.

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.

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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