Health

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11
Sep

Ladies 14kt two-tone gold diamond fashion ring to be given away at VMH Auxiliary and Elliott Jeweler’s 15th Annual Women’s Health Day September 24


15th Annual Women’s Health Day ... The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital, together with Elliott Jewelers of Waukon, will be hosting their 15th annual Women’s Health Day wellness event and luncheon Tuesday, September 24 at the Waukon Banquet Center. Pictured from last year’s event is Cheryl Duncklee of Waukon being awarded the grand prize diamond necklace by Shelly Elliott, at left, with Nona Sawyer, Auxiliary President, at right. All ages are invited to attend any part of this educational event, beginning at 11 a.m. with a wellness fair offering a variety of free health tests and information, and a salad luncheon and program held from Noon to 1 p.m. Submitted photo.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital, together with Elliott Jewelers of Waukon, will be hosting their 15th annual Women’s Health Day wellness event and luncheon Tuesday, September 24 at the Waukon Banquet Center.  All ages are invited to attend any part of this educational event, beginning at 11 a.m. with a wellness fair offering a variety of free health tests and information, and a salad luncheon and program held from Noon to 1 p.m.

Wed
11
Sep

“Welcome to Medicare” seminar offered again at Veterans Memorial Hospital September 23

Russ Hagen ...
Russ Hagen ...

“Welcome to Medicare” is a free, two-hour seminar offered by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors.  Due to popular demand, this program will again be held Monday, September 23 from 5-7 p.m. in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

“Due to the great turnout for these meetings last spring, we have decided to offer another free seminar to the community right away this fall,” says Russ Hagen, SHIIP volunteer. “I am happy they are so well attended.  Medicare is such an important program and understanding what it offers helps assure that anyone eligible gets the health benefits they deserve.”

“Welcome to Medicare” will cover Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance.

Wed
11
Sep

Caregiver Support Group to meet at VMH; The need for Caregiver Support

The next Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held Monday, September 16 at 1:30 p.m. in the Meditation Room in the front entrance of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. When a person is diagnosed with a chronic illness, a lot of focus and attention is put on how to keep that person as independent and as healthy as possible. When a person loses some of their abilities to care for themselves the burden of care is often assumed by the spouse, a child (or children), or sometimes friends and neighbors. While everyone who becomes a caregiver handles the added responsibility with different skill sets, attitudes and understanding levels, there is no question that there is a very real strain associated with care giving.

Recent studies have estimated that the stress caused just by becoming the caregiver of an adult with a chronic illness or disability will take seven years off of a persons’ life. With more and more Iowans aging, this is a real concern in the local community.

Wed
11
Sep

Hospital Auxiliary Euchre Marathon September 19

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, September 19.  Men and women are welcome to attend, even if not an Auxiliary member. The Euchre marathons are held the third Thursday of each month at the Senior Citizens Room at the Waukon Wellness Center.

The Auxiliary’s Euchre Marathons begin at 11:30 a.m. with dinner, if chosen. Call Northland Agency on Aging at 877-838-8077 if choosing to eat dinner. Card playing will follow at 12:30 p.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to stay and play cards following the Senior Citizens meal is more than welcome to do so. All proceeds go towards the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Prizes will be awarded.

Anyone interested in attending but preferring to play Bridge is also welcome to join in. It is asked that they come with their own table of four players, however.

Wed
11
Sep

September is National Cholesterol Education Month: How to lower bad cholesterol by improving your diet

By Jill Fleming, RN/RD, Dietitian at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in the fats in your blood. Too much cholesterol can cause a build-up in your blood vessels, causing them to narrow and close. This process increases your risk for heart disease or stroke.

If you’ve been told your cholesterol is too high, it usually means your total cholesterol is greater than 200mg/dl and your LDL (low density lipoprotein) or “bad cholesterol” is higher than the recommended level of 130mg/dl. If you have additional risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, you want your LDL cholesterol to be less than 100mg/dl.

Wed
11
Sep

Community CPR for child care providers and lay people to be offered at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, in cooperation with the American Heart Association, is offering a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for lay people (those not working in healthcare), which includes child care providers, Wednesday, September 18 from 5-8 p.m.

The CPR class, which will cover adult, child and infant CPR, will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of the hospital. The cost of the class, for certification or recertification, is the same. Upon successful completion of the class, the participant will receive an electronic card certifying them in Heartsaver CPR AED for a two-year time period. This class does not include a first aid certification.

CPR is administered when someone’s breathing, pulse, or both, stop. When both of them stop, the victim has suffered sudden death, which can be caused by poisoning, drowning, choking, suffocation, electrocution, smoke inhalation, or the most common cause, heart attack.

Wed
11
Sep

Diabetes Support Group to meet September 19

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, September 19 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital in the Large Conference Room, located on the lower level of the hospital.

This diabetes class is open to everyone who has diabetes or a friend or loved one with diabetes. For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, call  Angie Mettille, RN at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
04
Sep

Veterans Memorial Hospital’s “Get Your Walk On in Waukon” route remains available to public for walking or running anytime


“Stop the Bleed Training” offered during VMH Walk/Run ... The Healthiest State Initiative strongly encourages everyone to walk at least 30 minutes per day. The hospital would like to invite the public to still follow the Corn Days family fun 1.5-mile and the 5K (3.1-mile) route anytime over the next few weeks. Just stop by the front entrance of the hospital to pick up a route map and event goodie bag. Then follow the bright blue painted arrows on the streets marking these routes around town. This year at the hospital’s annual event, blood sugar diabetes tests and massages were offered in addition to the Stop the Bleed training, pictured above. The Veterans Memorial Hospital Family Fun Walk/Run is offered each year in conjunction with the annual Waukon Corn Days celebration. Submitted photo.

The route from the annual “Get Your Walk On in Waukon” family fun walk and run held Saturday, August 17 in conjunction with the Waukon Corn Days celebration is still marked and available for anyone to follow at any time.

The Healthiest State Initiative strongly encourages everyone to walk at least 30 minutes per day. That is the reason the hospital offered a 1.5-mile walk and the optional 5K (3.1-mile) again this year. The hospital would like to invite the public to continue to enjoy the event routes anytime. Maps of the 1.5-mile and 5K (3.1-mile) routes, as well as event goodie bags, are available to be picked up at the main entrance of the hospital.

In addition, bright blue painted arrows on the streets throughout Waukon outline the 1.5-mile course that ends at the east side of the hospital or they can choose to continue on to complete the 3.1-mile course that ends at the south side of the hospital.

Wed
04
Sep

VMH Auxiliary and Elliott Jewelers to host 15th Annual Women’s Health Day September 24


Drawing for diamond fashion ring ... The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital and Elliott Jewelers of Waukon will be hosting the 15th annual Women’s Health Day Tuesday, September 24, at the Waukon Banquet Center. This year, everyone purchasing a ticket for the event will be entered into a drawing for a ladies’ 14kt two-tone gold diamond fashion ring (retail price $1300), compliments of Elliott Jewelers of Waukon. In addition, many more door prizes will be given away at the event. Tickets will go on sale September 9 for the Women’s Health Day event at Veterans Memorial Hospital and Elliott Jewelers. Submitted photo.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital, together with Elliott Jewelers of Waukon, will be hosting their 15th annual Women’s Health Day wellness event and luncheon Tuesday, September 24 at the Waukon Banquet Center.  All ages are invited to attend any part of this educational event, beginning at 11 a.m. with a wellness fair offering a variety of free health tests and information, and a salad luncheon and program held from Noon to 1 p.m.

Wed
04
Sep

“Welcome to Medicare” seminar offered again

“Welcome to Medicare” is a free, two-hour seminar offered by Veterans Memorial Hospital Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors.  Due to popular demand, this program will again be held Monday, September 23 from 5-7 p.m. in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

“We’re excited to be offering another free seminar to the community and happy they are so well attended,” says Russ Hagen, SHIIP volunteer. “Medicare is such an important program and understanding what it offers helps assure that anyone eligible gets the health benefits they deserve.”

“Welcome to Medicare” will cover Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance.

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