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Alzheimer’s Symposium at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart

St. Mary Medical Center, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association, is hosting an Alzheimer’s Symposium on Thursday, 9/30/10 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at St. Mary Medical Center, 1500 S. Lake Park Ave., Hobart. AlzheimersAssociation

The agenda for the Alzheimer’s Symposium will include a Resource Fair from 4:00-6:00 PM with information about resources available throughout the northwest Indiana area, including healthcare services, supportive services, financial and legal information, alternative placement options and information on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

At 6:00 PM, Elder Law Attorney Bill Green will discuss the basics of how to get your financial and legal obligations in order when the disease strikes. At 7:00 PM, Neurologist Mark Simaga, MD will give the latest information on the causes, diagnosis and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

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Prevention Programs at the YMCA

Afternoons ROCK in Indiana will be rockin’ at the YMCA this fall! Fifth graders from Central & Myers will join us on Mondays and Wednesdays! ymca-new-logo-blueFifth graders from Jones & Aylesworth will join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays! ROCK educates youth in a fun environment about the dangers of legal and illegal street drugs, while providing life & leadership skills, snacks, recreation activities, and homework help. Keep an eye out for information that will be coming home from the schools with your children in these grades and schools.

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Porter: Advancing Through Evidence-Based Practices

Porter_Innovator_Cafe_2010-5An Innovator’s Café event was held Thursday, September 23, 2010 at Porter Health System. This event, “A Culture of Excellence: Fostering Innovation through Evidence-based Practices”, co-sponsored by Porter and Ivy Tech Community College of Northwest Indiana, focused on Porter’s successful model of combining evidence-based medicine and leadership to create an environment of innovation and a culture of delivering high-quality care.

The Café opened with an introduction by Barb Young, President of Porter County Community Foundation and J. Guadalupe Valtierra, Chancellor of Ivy Tech, followed by a lunch and presentation, given by Porter CEO Jonathan Nalli. He spoke on the various aspects of medicine in which Porter is leading the way, from robotic surgery to evidence-based care in the ICU to a higher rate of employee satisfaction. Porter is consistently encouraging their employees by rewarding those who work hard and listening to the feedback they provide. The encouragement leads to better work performance which ultimately betters the quality of care delivered daily at the hospital.

After Nalli’s presentation and a question and answer session, the group of 115 broke up into smaller sessions to learn more details about the areas in which Porter is excelling. Taffy Arias, RN, and Cathy Pera, RN, gave a presentation on Hourly Rounding, a system that the nurses utilize in checking on their patients, making sure they are comfortable and receiving the best care.

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August/September 2010 Healthy Woman Magazine

The August/September 2010 Healthy Woman magazine is now available from Porter Health System! This issue contains the following articles: aug-sept-2010

  • Ali Vincent Biggest Loser: "Believe it! Be it!"
  • 3 Reasons to Hydrate
  • Get Rid of your Headaches Once and for all
  • True Stories
  • Curvy Questions, Straight Answers
  • Annoying or Alarming?

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VNA "Senior Moments" Free Presentation - Lower Your Blood Pressure

The Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County will present 'Lower Your Blood Pressure' at locations in Lake and Porter Counties in October. VNA-BLUEThis informational program will provide attendees with increased knowledge regarding causes of hypertension (high blood pressure) and ways the attendees can attempt to lower their blood pressure. The importance of a healthy lifestyle and seeking healthcare assistance when appropriate will be emphasized as it relates to high blood pressure.

  • October 5th at 10:30 a.m. at Merrillville Senior Center at Merrillville High School. ( 276 E. 68th Place)
  • October 15th at 12:15 p.m. at Village Park Enrichment Center at Banta.(605 Beech St., Valparaiso)
  • October 22nd at 2 p.m. at Jamestown Apartments Community Center. (Virginia Park Drive, Valparaiso)
  • October 29th at 3 p.m. at Linden House in Hobart. (360 W. 61st Ave., behind St. Mary's Hospital)

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Porter Health System’s Healthy Woman Program Presents “Teen Relationships: A Program for Moms and Daughters”

Are you a mom concerned about your teen daughter dating? What about safety? Do you know the warning signs of abuse? To learn the answers to these questions and more, attend Porter Health System’s Healthy Woman Program entitled, “Teen Relationships: A Program for Moms and Daughters.” The program will begin at 5:30 pm, on Thursday, Sept. 16, at Strongbow Inn, 2405 E. US 30, Valparaiso. Healthy_Woman_porter_logo

Linda Boxum, DO, as well as Amanda Wyatt, LMHC, ATR-BC, Gary Seacrest, MA, LMHC, and Natalie Muskin-Press, MA, from Porter Starke are the presenters. The evening includes a light dinner and free mini-makeovers compliments of area Mary Kay consultants.

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Becoming an Expert Caregiver at Dyer-Schererville Library

The Alzheimer's Association of Greater Indiana will host “Becoming an Expert Caregiver” on Monday, August 23 at 6:00 PM. This program will be held at the Dyer-Schererville Library, 1001 West Lincoln Highway in Schererville. AlzheimersAssociation

Becoming an Expert Caregiver is for those who are caring for a loved one with memory loss. This program will empower you with simple techniques to hone in on your loved ones’ strengths and supporting their needs, while maintaining as much independence a possible. Topics include verbal and non-verbal communication, coping with challenging behaviors, wandering and activities of daily life such as bathing, dressing, toileting and eating.

This program is free and open to the Public. Reservations are encouraged, but not required. To reserve your space or for additional information, please call the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline at 800.272.3900.

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