Health Ministry/Parish Nurse

 

Health Ministry Team Members 

We are excited to introduce the Health Ministry Team Members! Dian Ward, RN, Paula Anderson, Tim Friday, Laura Martin, Tim Martin, and Beverly Norton. 

 

Memory Education and Support Team

In 2010 I toured the Lou Ruvo Brain Center. Since that time, it has been a dream of mine to work within this incredible facility. Now that we live in Summerlin I am able to volunteer there and learn so much more about supporting and educating persons with dementia and their families.
 
Some of our subjects discussed at MVPC Memory Education and Support Gatherings include:
 
Dementia 101
Getting Affairs in Order
Understanding Behaviors
Prevention
Driving
Bathing
 
These are just a few of the subjects we will address. Plus, we are there to give support to each other with ideas and experiences. Please let me know if there is a particular subject or issue that you are dealing with that we can address. We will do our best to find help and resolution to concerns. All our meetings are confidential.
 
We meet at MVPC on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel.
 
Thank you and hope to see you there. I am gladly available for questions and comments.
Paula Anderson

 

Thoughts from your Parish Nurse

Hello, MVPC! The last installment on WALKING, thanks to the NIH Health Information pages, follows. You’ll see tips on stretching and safety.
 
Should I stretch before I walk? Research is ongoing about the best time to stretch. You may warm up before your walk by walking more slowly for a few minutes before picking up the pace. You may choose to stretch after you warm up and after you are done walking and cooling down. Cool down by walking slowly the last few minutes of your walk. After you are done walking, gentle stretching may help make you more flexible. To stretch correctly, avoid bouncing or holding your breath. Do each stretch slowly and move only as far as you feel comfortable. Below are some examples of stretches you may want to try, if you are physically able.
 
Side Reach
Reach one arm over your head and to the side. Keep your hips steady and your shoulders straight to the side. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat on the other side.
 
Wall Push
Lean your hands on a wall and place your feet about 3 to 4 feet away from the wall. Bend one knee and point it toward the wall. Keep your back leg straight with your foot flat and your toes pointed straight ahead. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat with the other leg.
 
Knee Pull
Lean your back against a wall. Keep your head, hips, and feet in a straight line. Pull one knee toward your chest, hold for 10 seconds, and then repeat with the other leg.
 
Leg Curl
Pull your right foot toward your buttocks with your right hand. Stand straight and keep your bent knee pointing straight down. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat with your other foot and hand.
 
Hamstring Stretch
Sit on a sturdy bench or hard surface so that one leg is stretched out on the bench with your toes pointing up. Keep your other foot flat on the surface below. Straighten your back, and if you feel a stretch in the back of your thigh, hold for 10 seconds and then change sides and repeat. If you do not feel a stretch, slowly lean forward from your hips until you feel a stretch.
 
What about safety? Some places are safer to walk when you are outdoors than others. Keep safety in mind as you plan when and where you will walk.
 
• Be aware of your surroundings. If you wear headphones while walking, keep the volume low enough so you can hear car horns, people’s voices, barking, and other sounds and noises.
 
• Walk with others, when possible, and take a phone and ID, such as a driver’s license, with you.
 
• Let your family and friends know where and when you walk.
 
• Wear a reflective vest or brightly colored clothing if it is dark outside.
 
• Be careful walking around large bushes, parked cars, and other barriers that may block your view of traffic or other people.
 
• Watch out for uneven or slippery streets and sidewalks; or holes, rocks, or sticks that could cause falls.
 
• Walk in an indoor mall or shopping center if you don’t feel safe or comfortable walking outside.
 
Enjoy your time walking! Soon it will be beautiful fall weather just perfect for walking. As I said before, I truly believe Spirituality, Faith and Prayer heals and strengthens us. Marrying walking and discussion of scripture, especially with a friend or two, is a win-win! Remember to contact me to get your complimentary copy of “Walk and Talk, Walking Together with Scripture”. There are just a few. Blessings and Health,
Launa