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  • Virtual Health Emerges as Safe Choice for Seniors During COVID-19

    June 29, 2020

    An older woman was worried about a cat bite she had that wasn’t healing and she feared going to her doctor’s office. Jessica Dakin, Geriatric Care Program Manager of Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, checked on her client at home and realized it was a medical problem that could…

  • Grandson Honors Grandmother with 98th Birthday Jazz Concert at Jefferson House

    June 23, 2020

    The Dixieland jazz that filled the halls and courtyard at Jefferson House on June 13 was delivered with love in celebration of a resident’s 98th birthday. This wasn’t just a musical performance for Berlin musicians Matt and Atla DeChamplain; it was a demonstration of love and musical traditions deeply rooted…

  • Wellness, Home Safety Among Upcoming Center for Healthy Aging Webinars

    June 23, 2020

    Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, a not-for-profit member of Hartford HealthCare Senior Services, offers many educational events each year, often in conjunction with area senior centers. Observing current social guidelines and restrictions, the Center for Healthy Aging is continuing to provide pertinent health information through webinars and video conferencing….

  • Summer Countdown: 9 Health Benefits of Sunshine

    June 08, 2020

    Usually, at this time of year, we like to warn people about the dangers of too much sunshine or too little protection from sunshine. Not today, with the state reopening after so many weeks of self-quarantine during COVID-19. In so many ways, glorious sunshine is good for your health. Here…

  • New Visitor Guidelines: Hospital Restrictions Eased

    June 04, 2020

    With safety measures in place, Hartford HealthCare (HHC) announced a phased-in relaxation of the visitor restrictions put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was the right thing to do, the safe thing to do to try to limit the potential spread of this virus,” said HHC President and CEO…

  • Things to Know, What to Do When a Loved One Dies

    May 11, 2020

    By Marc Levesque, senior resource case manager; Jessica Dakin, geriatric care program manager; and Michelle Wyman, certified dementia specialist, all with Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging The death of a loved one is difficult and overwhelming. Experts at the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging have created a guide…

  • Senior Services Celebrates National Skilled Nursing Care Week

    May 10, 2020

    In celebration of National Skilled Nursing Care Week being observed May 10-16, Hartford HealthCare Senior Services is recognizing its long-term skilled nursing communities: Jefferson House, 1 John H. Stewart Drive, Newington, and Southington Care Center, 45 Meriden Ave., Southington; and managed community Jerome Home, 975 Corbin Ave., New Britain. These…

  • Tips for Getting Medications Safely During COVID-19

    May 08, 2020

    Medications are such an important part of keeping well and health. Keeping yourself as safe as possible in getting medications can be a challenge in light of COVID-19, especially for those at higher risk. Some of these higher risk groups include individuals with chronic lung disease, serious heart conditions, are…

  • The Top 7 COVID-19 Symptoms, Ranked by Prevalence

    May 05, 2020

    Initial COVID-19 symptoms vary, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most people with a coronavirus infection will experience: Fever (83-99 percent). Cough (59-82 percent). Fatigue (44-70 percent). Anorexia: loss of appetite (40-84 percent). Shortness of breath (31-40 percent). Sputum production (28-33 percent). Muscle aches (11-35 percent). The…

  • You’re Wearing a Mask, But What About Communicating? Some Tips

    April 29, 2020

    As wearing face masks becomes the new normal, not only for healthcare workers but for everyone else navigating life, it’s important to communicate effectively while wearing one. Paulette Schwartz, Director of Human Centered Care for Hartford HealthCare Community Network, and LeaAnn Blanchard, Executive Director of The Orchards at Southington, know…


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