2015 October – Health News

2015 October – Health News

WELLNESS CORNER by Sue Hoeffner, Parish Nurse

2nd Annual Worship in Pink—Sunday, October 11—Wear pink!

Breast cancer has touched the lives of all of us—whether personally, or the lives of our families and friends. Worship in Pink is a way our faith community can come together to offer inspiration, education, and hope to all women in the fight against breast cancer.

The goals of this day—observed in cities all around the country—are to provide breast health education, increase the number of women receiving mammograms, and honor those who are currently or have previously fought breast cancer. Please join us for this special worship service on October 11th—and wear pink!

Women’s Cancer Support Group Brunch—Saturday, October 17

Is cancer a part of your life story? If so, please consider joining us for an informal brunch gathering on Saturday, October 17, 9:30-11:00 a.m. at Trinity. Please come to offer or receive support from your Trinity sisters. Questions? Please call Sue Hoeffner @ 695-1221, ext. 28 or Tammy Eshom @ 695-9598.

Flu Season

It is that time of year again! This year’s influenza (flu) vaccine is now available. The flu is a respiratory infection with serious symptoms such as high fever, headache, cough, sore throat, and body aches. The flu is highly contagious and can spread through coughing and sneezing. The flu is very preventable through vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone age 6 months and older receive the yearly vaccine, especially those age 65 and older. The vaccine is specific to the viral strains that cause the infection and each year the vaccine changes, so it is imperative that everyone gets the vaccine annually. The CDC recommends that you get vaccinated as soon as possible in order to provide proper protection throughout the entire flu season. Many insurance companies cover the cost of the vaccine, including Medicare Part B. The vaccine is readily available throughout the community at local grocery stores (Safeway, Albertsons, Fred Meyer), pharmacies (Rite Aid, Walgreens), and of course your doctor’s office. For those out there that are wary of shots, ask your heath care provider about the nasal spray version of the vaccine.

So get to your local grocery store or doctor’s office and get the vaccine at your earliest convenience to protect yourself from getting the flu!

Information from the National Council on Aging and the Centers for Disease Control

Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of SW Washington: Choice, Independence, Care

This local agency is an integral and vitally important asset in our community. They connect seniors, adults with disabilities and family caregivers to a full range of free and other community resources designed to: Offer you choice, respect your independence and to support you in living and aging well. Call their knowledgeable and caring staff to learn more about Agency programs and services, such as:

  • Information & Assistance
  • Care Management
  • Senior Health & Wellness
  • Personal Care Assistance In Home
  • Transportation Options
  • Family Caregiver Support Program
  • Legal Services
  • Nutrition Programs
  • Long Term Care Ombudsman
  • Resource Library
  • Gatekeeper Program

Contact them by calling (360) 694-8144 or online at www.HelpingElders.org