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JULY 4, 2016

caring_for_the_caregiverBeing a caregiver involves many challenges.  Ascension will be offering a free 6-week course called Powerful Tools for Caregivers.  The class will be held in the Family Center on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.  The first session begins on August 10 and will be taught by the Area Agency on Aging.  This is a wonderful program that will provide the caregiver with tools and strategies to better handle the unique challenges of caregiving.  You can count on this program to make a positive difference in your life.  If you are interested, please call Barb Bzura at 561-699-3553.

JUNE 6, 2016

June is National Fireworks Safety Month.  It is summer and fireworks are here.  Below are some tips for lighting your fireworks without blowing yourself up or setting yourself, yard or neighbors on fire.  Have a blast!

  • Read the instructions!
  • Have water nearby.
  • Inspect the area for potentially flammable objects like dry grass, leaves, buildings, etc.
  • Light fireworks only on level surfaces.
  • Keep spectators out of range.
  • Do not re-light a firework that doesn’t go off with the first attempt.
  • Extinguish used fireworks in water.
  • Don’t light fireworks while under the influence of alcohol.
  • Light fireworks one at a time.

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MAY 30, 2016

Sunscreen Tips!  Sunscreen prevents sunburn, reduces risk of skin cancer and helps prevent early signs of skin aging.  Who needs sunscreen?  Everyone!  One in five Americans will develop skin cancer.  Here are some tips from the American Academy of Dermatology:

  • SPF 30+ – Use sunscreen that provides broad spectrum protection, Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or higher and is water resistant.
  • Seek Shade –  especially between 10 am and 2 pm.  If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
  • Wear Protective Clothing – such as a broad-brimmed hat and long sleeves.
  • Use Extra Caution Near Water and Sand – as they may reflect the damaging rays of the sun.
  • Get Vitamin D Safely – through a healthy diet; don’t seek the sun.
  • Avoid Tanning Beds – ultra-violet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause cancer.
  • Check Your Birthday Suit On Your Birthday! – if you notice anything changing, itching or bleeding on your skin contact a board-certified dermatologist.

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MAY 23, 2016

From Your Parish Nurse … Back to the Basics of Staying Healthy!  Every day there seems to be some quick fix for health that everyone is talking about.  Consistency and moderation are key to an overall health plan.  So here are some basic tips  to help us keep healthy.

  • Regular check-ups with your doctor – Go see your doctor.  He/she will help you stay on the right road to health.
  • Sleep – A goo night sleep is essential.  Try to get 7-8 hours every night.
  • Exercise – Everyone should walk even a bit every day.  Remember that 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise 3 times a week will help your heart stay strong.
  • Eat Healthy – Consume fruits, vegetables, protein, carbs and healthy fats every day!
  • Don’t skip breakfast – Breakfast boosts our metabolism, balances our blood sugar levels and gives us the energy to focus on tasks for the day.
  • Drink water – 6-8 glasses of water a day will hydrate you and keep your kidneys flushed.
  • Stress – Take breaks to pray and meditate.  Chronic stress is terrible for your overall health.  Surround yourself with supportive and positive people.  Go to for more information.

MAY 16, 2016

From Your Parish Nurse … May is stroke awareness month.  A stroke can happen to anyone. It is the fifth most common cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States. By evaluating the face, arms, speech and time, you can increase your likelihood of receiving appropriate emergency care. Think F.A.S.T. to recognize a stroke:

  • Face:  Is one side of the face drooping down?
  • Arms:  Does either arm drift down when raised?
  • Speech:  Is speech slurred or confusing?
  • Time:  If you observe any of these sign dial 911 immediately.