In an effort to raise awareness about colorectal cancer, Governor Hassan proclaimed March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month — a national movement to increase awareness and education about colorectal cancer and to spread the message that colorectaI cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable. Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month will be observed throughout March and will include events and outreach activities nationwide.
Colorectal cancer is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented through the use of screening tests, yet colorectal cancer remains the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second most common cause of cancer deaths for men and women in the United States. Each year, tens of thousands of lives are lost to this disease.
The vast majority of colon cancer deaths can be prevented through proper screening and early detection. The survival rate of individuals who have early-stage colorectal cancer is 90 percent, but is only 10 percent when diagnosed after it has spread to other organs; and only 39 percent of colorectal caucer patients have their cancers detected at an early stage.
Despite these staggering statistics, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable, treatable, and beatable forms of cancer, especially when it is caught early. Unfortunately, nearly half of all Americans are not getting the recommended screenings they need. Many deaths expected from colorectal cancer this year could be avoided with wider use of proven screening tests.
Governor Hassan’s support in proclaiming March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month will help to increase awareness in New Hampshire during this important month. Hassan’s proclamation notes that if the majority of people in the United States age 50 or older were screened regularly for colorectal cancer, the death rate from this disease would plummet by up to 70 percent. African-Americans, American Indians, and Alaskan Natives are significantly less likely to be screened for colorectal cancer compared to Caucasians.
“Fight Colorectal Cancer and the Colon Cancer Alliance are thrilled that Governor Hassan proclaimed March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in New Hampshire,” said Anjee Davis, president of programs at Fight Colorectal Cancer. “Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is about educating men and women to save lives. The more we talk about this disease, and the more we encourage our family and friends to get screened, the move lives we can save.”
For additional resources about colorectal cancer, visit Fight Colorectal Cancer at www.FightColorectaICancer.orgorColon Cancer Alliance at www.ccalliance.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 02:00
CONWAY — Dr. Steven Wehrli and the staff of Conway Family Dental Care have announced that Dr. Hanna Shekarlaban has joined the practice as an associate.
Dr. Shekarlaban is a 2013 graduate of the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. During dental school, she focused on advanced treatments for anxious patients and others who may have allowed their oral health care to lapse. In 2012, she helped form and fund-raise for a non-profit organization that provided dental care combined with arts programing for children at an orphanage in Cambodia.
Prior to dental school, she attended Georgia State University in Atlanta where she studied psychology while working as a dental assistant, which triggered her interest in dentistry.
Dr. Shekarlaban was born in Iran and moved to the United States with her parents and younger sister in 1995.
“I look forward to working with Dr. Wehrli and staff, and getting to know this community and our patients,” Shekarlaban said. “The lifestyle of the Mount Washington Valley and patient-focus of Conway Family Dental Care are a perfect fit for me.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 02:00
Sandra Ruka and Sharon Malenfant: Home Care Matters: Getting the right help at home
We've discussed a lot of ways for people to age well in their own homes. Most of us express a clear preference for remaining in familiar surroundings and in our own communities. "Aging in place" is a viable option for many but it's important to identify when there is a need for help in the home. It's also critical to understand the types of services available and who provides them.
If you or a family member could benefit from assistance with activities of daily living such as cleaning, cooking, dressing or shopping, then a good choice is hiring a personal care provider, homemaker or home health aide. Sometimes, when family members are overwhelmed with caregiving responsibilities, bringing help into the home can create a better balance and quality of life.
Some families or individuals choose to hire an individual caregiver while others hire a home care agency. There are pros and cons to each approach, and consumers should be well informed before they make these decisions. Most people consider factors such as the cost, reliability, security and expertise of an agency or caregiver that they are looking to hire.
HIRING A LICENSED HOME HEALTH AGENCY
The State of New Hampshire requires all home care agencies to be licensed and follow strict regulations regarding the services they offer, the people they hire, and the quality of care provided. Some agencies provide all types of home health care services, while others only offer personal care and homemaking services.
Important things to consider include the agency's responsibility for hiring, training and continued supervision of its employees. References and background checks are essential to an agency's workforce who also receive ongoing training and certification. Home care staff are supervised by a Registered Nurse and are part of the team that develops the care plan for each individual. They can also identify and report to their supervisor any changes they notice in a person's physical or mental capacity.
Other pros to hiring a licensed agency are that they can be paid through long term care insurance; they maintain a consistent schedule even if an aide is ill or on vacation; and their employees are covered by worker's comp insurance.
Some of the negatives to hiring an agency are that aides may not be able to do everything a person needs, such as driving places or handling medications. It may be confusing to a client if they are dealing with different staff members on the schedule, and family has less choice about which individual is providing care. Also, agencies are typically more expensive than private caregivers.
HIRING PRIVATE CAREGIVERS
Under a New Hampshire law passed in 2012, people who offer themselves for hire as "individual home care service providers" must be registered through the Department of Health and Human Services. This requires that they pass criminal background checks and are CPR certified, among other qualifications.
On the plus side, private hiring lets a family select the person or persons they think will provide the best care and be a good personal match. Private caregivers may be friends or neighbors that are already known to and trusted by the individual, and generally cost less. They are more likely to be able to drive the client to activities and appointments, accompany them to events, and generally be more flexible in the tasks they perform.
However, the client or family should be thorough in screening individuals and performing background checks. You may be responsible for withholding taxes, Medicare and Social Security, as well as filling out the appropriate documentation. If the caregiver is ill or on vacation, it will be your responsibility to fill in or find a replacement. As an "employer", you should also check your homeowner's insurance to be certain what gets covered in case of an accident.
Learning about the differences between a licensed home care agency and privately hired caregivers is an important step in getting the help that's right for you or your loved ones. It's part of the formula for successful aging at home.
Looking for more information about getting the help that's right for you? Call us at (603) 356-7006 or 1-800-499-4171, or attend our "Aging Well at Home" series on Monday, March 10 and 17 from 6-7:30pm at the Center Conway United Methodist Church. Free and open to the public.
Home Care Matters" is a bi-weekly column sharing information on today's important healthy aging and home health issues. The articles are written by Sandra Ruka, RN MSN and Sharon Malenfant, MS APR for Visiting Nurse, Home Care & Hospice of Carroll County.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 07:51
WOLFEBORO — The Huggins Hospital Medical Arts Center will be transformed into a Venetian dream Saturday, March 29. The Huggins Hospital Charitable Foundation is hosting their first President’s Gala. This year’s theme is a masquerade ball.
“Our vision is for this event to be an annual event bringing the hospital community, local businesses, and the communities served by Huggins Hospital together,” said Nancy Devine, executive director of the Huggins Hospital Charitable Foundation. “We have had wonderful support from the hospital staff and we are looking forward to an exciting event.”
The masquerade ball will begin at 5 p.m. with fire dancing performance by Luna Soleil and the Shooting Stars outside the Medical Arts Center entrance as guests arrive. There will be silent and live auction items, dinner, dancing, and gourmet desserts. The net proceeds of the event will benefit orthopedics and the emergency department.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Huggins Hospital Charitable Foundation at 569-7682. There are sponsorship opportunities for businesses as well.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 07:50
CONWAY — The volunteers at Memorial Hospital are on a mission to enhance patient comfort by raising funds towards the purchase of replacement state-of-the-art beds for both the hospital in-patients and Merriman House. Having already donated $10,000 towards this ambitious goal, the "Come Fly With Me" will help raise additional funds. Tickets can be purchased at hospital's Gift Shop starting March 1.
The credit card air miles, earned from wholesale buying for the shop, are being donated by the volunteers. This air line ticket raffle is for a pair of round trip tickets with any airline, to anywhere within the continental United States (a $1200 value). Tickets are $20.00 each and only 250 tickets will be sold. The drawing of the winning ticket will take place in the Memorial Hospital Gift shop on March 31 at noon. Travel must be completed by March 31, 2015.
Photo Caption: Russ and Ellie Vale of Intervale were the lucky winners in a similar airline raffle several years ago. They used the free tickets to visit their son and grandchildren in Virginia. Since then, Emergency Department Nurse, Terry Johnson, became the lucky winner in 2010 and traveled to Denver, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, saw Mount Rushmore and the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and other sites, claiming it was the "best vacation ever!" The Memorial Hospital Gift shop is the fundraising "leg" of the volunteer program. It is staffed by volunteers and all proceeds from sales are donated back to support quality health care. The shop is open Monday-Friday from 9-4pm and most Sundays from 10am-2pm.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 07:50
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