Parish Nurse Health Tips for June 25, 2017

Parish Nurse Health Notes 06-25-17

June has been a packed full month of activities and summer schedules are in full swing.  I have noticed a common thread in all of the events and I am using one word to describe what I see and hear … CHANGE.

In my field of nursing we are seeing health care changes.  One thing that has come to light in the many research articles I have received shows that we can implement changes in our brain health by practicing some positive lifestyle changes.

Our summer Sunday School activities are implementing some of these activities as we fellowship together – young and “less young” together exploring God’s word and keeping mind and body active as we refresh our brain.  As we age, we change physically, mentally and emotionally; and our daily level of activity, nourishment and rest can have a huge bearing on our brain health as well as our physical health.

Intergenerational activities are a great way to keep us active.   Safety issues are very important to review as we begin our summer.  The more robust activities that we undertake during the summer increase our risk of falling and possible traumatic head injury.  Some ways to help prevent this possibility can include:

🚨 Exercise: walking, yoga, Tai Chi all help to develop balance that can reduce the risk of falling.

🚨 Eye Exam: an eye exam yearly can help prevent vision changes that can compromise your safety in all aspects of life.

🚨 Ear Problems: such as ringing in the ears, decreased hearing, etc., can cause equilibrium problems that increase fall risk

🚨 Home Safety: changes such as grippers on the back of area rugs, bathroom safety rails and rails on stairs will greatly reduce the risk of falls and physical injury.

🚨 Sleep Pattern Support: to assure that we are nourishing our brain and decreasing loss of function.

On Wednesday this week I will be presenting some helps for talking to your doctor.  I encourage all of you to think about your most recent visits to the doctor, things that went right and things that didn’t.  We will enjoy Tea, Coffee, and goodies and spend an hour getting some tips on how to make those doctor visits more productive.  We meet at 9:30 in the parish hall.  Please set aside time to get tips on making your health a priority.  I hope to see you there!

Blessings on a healthy and safe week, and don’t forget to join me on Wednesday.  You’ll be glad you did!

Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace, peaceparishnurse@comcast.net