August is National Immunization Month
It’s National Immunization Awareness Month! Is Your Family Up to Date on Vaccines?
 
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. You have the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV, and pneumonia with vaccines.
During NIAM, Visiting Nurses of the Lower encourages you talk to your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional to ensure you and your family are up to date on recommended vaccines.

We also encourage you to visit CDC’s Interactive Vaccine Guide , which provides information on the vaccines recommended during pregnancy and throughout your child’s life.

August is also a key time to make sure you are up to date on all the vaccines you need to stay healthy. Use CDC’s adult vaccine assessment tool to see which vaccines might be right for you.

During NIAM, Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley will be sharing information and resources on social media to highlight the importance of vaccines. Help spread the word!

For more information, click here.
The Power of Music on the Brain
Sing, dance, move to the beat: It's all good for mood, memory and more.

If you want to do something good for your brain, turn on your music player and sing along to a few songs. Better yet, sing and dance at the same time.

It sounds like a simple exercise, but, really, it's a full brain workout. That's because music stimulates many areas of the brain, including those responsible for memory, movement and mood, according to a new report from the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH). Music even gets different parts of the brain working together simultaneously.

How Music Can Keep Your Brain Healthy
And all that brain activation translates into some serious health benefits. Researchers have found that music can improve sleep and sharpen memory, as well as reduce stress and stimulate thinking skills — all of which are good for maintaining brain health as we age.

Music boosts mood, inspires movement
When music hits your ears, the sound waves are translated into nerve impulses that travel to several areas of the brain, including those that release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in pleasure, explains Psyche Loui, an assistant professor in the department of music at Northeastern University and director of the Music, Imaging and Neural Dynamics (MIND) Laboratory.

8 Ways to Turn On the Power of Music
1. Put music in your life, and share it with friends and family. Music may improve well-being, including quality of life.

2. Dance, sing or move to music for exercise, stress relief, social connections and brain stimulation.

3. Listen to familiar music that comforts you and evokes positive memories and associations.

4. Try listening to new music, too. Unfamiliar melodies may stimulate your brain.

5. Listen to music to encourage yourself to exercise. Music can provide a mental boost and help motivate you to move your body.

6. Get your hearing checked. Correcting hearing loss is important for maintaining brain health, preserving cognitive function and enjoying music.

7. Make music yourself by singing or playing an instrument.

8. Make music with other people. Try joining or forming a community choir, a band or an orchestra.

Keeping Your Home Healthy Before, During and After Caregiver Visits
For those living at home who require the assistance of home health aides and other caregivers, avoiding others to avoid the coronavirus isn’t necessarily an option.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends face masks be worn with social distancing and that can be difficult to maintain. That’s often the case in caregiving situations, when it’s difficult to stay 6 feet apart. We asked health and hygiene experts for other tips on staying healthy before, during and after in-home visits by aides and other caregivers.

To read what the experts have to say, click here. Content credit: AARP
Marinated Chicken Thighs
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 8 large sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
  • 4 large sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 2 tablespoons cracked black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons cracked pink peppercorns
  • 1 1/4 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 skin-on chicken thighs
  • Flaky salt, such as Maldon, for seasoning
  • Salad, for serving

Directions:
  • Mix the parsley, thyme, rosemary, garlic, shallots, black peppercorns and pink peppercorns together in a bowl.
  • Add the olive oil to cover the herbs/spices. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the marinade.
  • Place the chicken thighs in a resealable plastic bag. Add the marinade and marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat the grill to medium.
  • Remove the chicken thighs from the marinade, pat with a paper towel and place, fleshy-side down, on the hot grill. Grill until cooked through, turning once, 7 to 8 minutes per side. Finish with the reserved 2 tablespoons of marinade and some flaky salt. Serve on top of your favorite salad.

We're Hiring!
RN Case Manager

Full Time position – Responsible for providing skilled nursing care to patients and families in their home or community and coordinating activities of home health care. Duties include but not limited to client assessment, care planning, therapeutic intervention, and overall supervision of client care and outcomes. Provides functional support and supervision to home health aides.

Must be a graduate of an accredited or approved school of nursing, licensed to practice in the state of CT, and have a minimum of one year med-surg clinical experience. Home health care/OASIS/revisit documentation experience preferred.

We offer flexible scheduling and a competitive wage/benefit package.

Job Type: Full-time

Benefits:
   Dental Insurance
   Disability Insurance
   Health Insurance
   Life Insurance
   Paid Time Off
   Retirement Plan
   Tuition Reimbursement
   Vision Insurance

Please submit resume to info@visitingnurses.org .
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