Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention, Osteoporosis Awareness, Meet Judy,
                             We're Almost 100 Party, Caregivers Bill of Rights...and more!
May is  Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month & Osteoporosis Awareness Month

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early.

Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley is proud to participate in Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. During the month of May, join us in taking action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage.

Take simple steps today to protect your skin:

  • Stay out of the sun between 10am and 4pm.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Put on sunscreen every 2 hours and after you swim or sweat.
  • Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.
  • Check your skin regularly for changes.

For more information, click here.

                Links to other Skin Care Resources :

Dem Bones, Dem Bones Gonna Walk Around 
Most  people have heard this old spiritual detailing skeletal connections  from the toes to the top of the head. The  “hip bones connected to the back bone, back bone connected to the shoulder bone” and so forth. But how much thought do we give to our bone health? 

May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, one in two women and one in four men will break a bone due to this silent condition. There are things you can do to improve bone strength. The US Dietary guidelines for good health also promote healthy bones. The Vitamin D, Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K found in many fruits and vegetables help your bones stay strong in many ways. Here is what you can do:

  • Eat lean protein such as poultry, fish, beans and nuts.
  • Eat a least 1 ½ cups of fruit and 2 cups of vegetables daily.
  • Eat calcium rich foods: fat free or low fat dairy, dried figs, broccoli, sardines, kale
  • Exercise regularly
  • Check with you healthcare provider about calcium and Vitamin D before taking vitamin supplements.  

Step up and stay strong and lean!   To learn more, click here.
Call Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley 860-767-0186

Upcoming Events  

Join us for our...
"We're Almost 100 Party!
When: Wednesday, September 20th
Where: The Copper Beech Inn
Time: 5:30 - 8:30pm
Tickets: $25 (includes light fare and 2 drinks: beer or wine)

Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support!
  • Quality Care Pharmacy
  • Whelen Engineering
  • The Clark Group
  • Tower Labs
  • Noble Construction & Management

Interested in becoming a Sponsor for the event or would like to make a donation to show your support? Contact us at 860-767-0186 for more information. Thank you!

  Meet Judy Bushka, RN, the Newest Member of the VNLV Team!
Judy has been a nurse for "a very long time,"  working in many capacities. Her primary experience has been in psychiatric care, which she enjoys very much.

Judy lives in Killingworth with her husband. She has two children and two grandchildren and is an avid an animal lover. She has three horses, one pony and two miniature donkeys! Two of her horses are "show" horses and , in her free time, she loves to ride. 

Judy says she's "really excited about being here" and loves the staff.

                Welcome, Judy! The VNLV team is happy to have you with us as a per diem nurse.

  Caregivers Bill of Rights

Caregivers Bill of Rights       
I have the right: To take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness. It will give me the capability of taking better care of my loved one. To seek help from others even though my loved ones may object. I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength. To maintain facets of my own life that do not include the person I care for, just as I would if he or she were healthy. I know that I do everything that I reasonably can for this person, and I have the right to do some things just for myself. To get angry, be depressed, and express other difficult feelings occasionally. To reject any attempts by my loved one (either conscious or unconscious) to manipulate me through guilt, and/or depression. To receive consideration, affection, forgiveness, and acceptance for what I do, from my loved ones, for as long as I offer these qualities in return. To take pride in what I am accomplishing and to applaud the courage it has sometimes taken to meet the needs of my loved one. To protect my individuality and my right to make a life for myself that will sustain me in the time when my loved one no longer need my full-time help.

Jo Horne, author of CareGiving: Helping an Aging Loved One

For more information, call Lower Valley Care Advocates at (860) 767-2695 or click here.

A recent testimonial from Lower Valley Care Advocates

“I want to thank you on behalf of my father for the outstanding care provided by your staff at Lower Valley. The professionalism and consideration shown by (your staff) helped the whole family during a difficult time.”

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