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  • CBS Weekend News Report: How Cedar Mountain Commons Addresses Flu Outbreak

    February 19, 2018

    At Cedar Mountain Commons, a senior assisted living facility in Newington, flu season is a common worry. This season is no exception, especially given the severity of the nation’s flu outbreak this year. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, about one in every 13 emergency room visits across…

  • Windham Hospital to Receive Federal Reimbursements as Medicare Dependent Hospital

    February 13, 2018

    Congressional approval of an extension for the federal Medicare Dependent Hospital Program (MDH) last week means about $3.8 million more in reimbursements for Windham Hospital, the only MDH hospital in the entire state. “Windham Hospital is a critical source of high-quality care for the Windham region,” said Congressman Joe Courtney…

  • How to Choose a Private-Duty Caregiver

    February 13, 2018

    Choosing a caregiver for yourself or a loved one can seem overwhelming. Here are questions to ask and points to follow when choosing a private-duty caregiver: 1.  Do you need hands-on care? Help around your home? Companionship? If you need hands on care you want to make sure that you…

  • New Windham Dementia Specialist Helps Bridge Gap for Caregivers

    February 08, 2018

    In most cases of dementia, there are two people in need – the person with the disease and their caregiver. Adrianne DeVivo, the new dementia specialist at the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging at Windham Hospital, cares for both of them. DeVivo conducts assessments with dementia patients and their…

  • How To Help Parents As They Age

    January 31, 2018

    By Margaret DeMarino Perhaps, having recently visited your family during the holidays, you can’t stop thinking about how surprised you were when you walked into your mother’s kitchen for the first time in months and saw crumbs scattered over the counter and dust bunnies settled under the table. Your mother had…

  • Hartford HealthCare Independence at Home receives 2018 Best of Home Care–Employer of Choice Award

    January 29, 2018

    GLASTONBURY – Hartford HealthCare Independence at Home recently announced that it has received the 2018 Best of Home Care – Employer of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. The Employer of Choice Award is granted only to the top-ranking home care providers, based on caregiver satisfaction scores gathered by Home…

  • Flu Season Sends Most People to Medical Professionals Since 2009 Pandemic

    January 29, 2018

    Flu season, which already has sent the highest percentage of people nationally to their health care providers since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, is still at least a couple weeks weeks from its expected peak. The virus has been linked to 63 deaths through Feb. 2 in Connecticut, including 10-year-old Nico…

  • A Patient’s Heartfelt Thanks

    January 28, 2018

    It’s the little moments that have the biggest impact. “You know, all the holidays, all the birthdays – they weren’t as important as the little things every day,” said Leigh Pechillo. It was Mother’s Day 2014, and Leigh was enjoying a day of pampering that featured a song written just…

  • At GoodLife Fitness, Age No Excuse to Avoid Exercise

    January 23, 2018

    Whether you’re young or older, exercise begins with the first step – literally, according to GoodLife Fitness exercise physiologist Aaron Russ. Activity and exercise in older adults may be limited initially by poor posture, cardiovascular conditions and muscle limitations but these issues are not insurmountable. With the right exercise strategies,…

  • Is Taking Out The Trash Any Way To Live Longer? (Really?)

    January 16, 2018

    Thanks to fitness-tracker accelerometers, researchers have learned more precisely the amount of physical activity it takes to live a longer, fitter life. Surprisingly, not much. Three studies that used accelerometers to measure participants’ activity  concluded in recent months that even the lightest regular physical activity — making a bed, taking…

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