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WINTER 2017

WHY YOUR FOOT HEALTH MATTERS

HIGHS + LOWS IMPROVE YOUR HEART HEALTH

FACES OF VOLUNTEERING HELP YOUR COMMUNITY, HELP YOURSELF

ONE STEP FORWARD


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It Takes a Village... BE PRESENT

To Serve a Village In 2017, the Greater Lewes Community Village—one of a growing network of volunteer villages—embarks on the fourth year in its mission to serve older adults in Lewes and Milton, enabling them to live independently at home. Our communities know our volunteers as an amazing team of men and women from all walks of life who together help others maintain a quality of life that includes body, mind, and spirit, and fulfills their wishes to live independent lives. I’m always moved by what I see in our members’ eyes and heartened by their gratitude for our trained volunteers who provide many varied services—transporting members to stores, medical appointments, and cultural events, assisting with various household chores inside and outside the home ... the list goes on. And based on their friendly visits and telephone calls, it's clear they'll never stop caring. Our village helps our members stay active, with such programs as memoir writing, a book club, and speakers on such topics as nutrition, maintaining strength and stamina in later years, and avoiding the danger of scammers on the internet and by mail. Both members and volunteers are welcome to join us on these occasions. To meet the challenge of Delaware’s aging citizens, we need more villages like ours—and more volunteers. To learn more about the mission and work of the Community Village and its volunteers, I invite you to visit our website, GreaterLewesCommunityVillage.org, or call (302) 703-2568.

WHAT WE DO TO KEEP OURSELVES WELL There's so much that we can do to impact how we feel. And all that talk about eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and being as active as we can, is true. Wellness is about what we eat and how active we are. It's about the time we create in our lives to relax and enjoy the people we love, and time spent doing the things that bring meaning into our lives. Wellness is about how we treat others and ourselves every day. It's also about getting our screenings and vaccinations, and about visiting our doctors for annual checkups. It’s about listening to our bodies when something feels wrong and calling the doctor, too. Wellness means enjoying life to its fullest, even in the face of a chronic disease. Wellness is about caring for ourselves, and also about reaching out to others in their time of need. So, be well, keep each other well, and together we can positively affect the health of our community.

TO YOUR HEALTH, ERIN LAVIN, DO

MID-ATLANTIC FAMILY PRACTICE

JACKIE SULLIVAN

424 Savannah Road Lewes, DE 19958 (302) 645-3300 www.beebehealthcare.org

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GREATER LEWES COMMUNITY VILLAGE

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

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MUST READS

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TAKE YOUR SHOT. If you’re 60 or older, or have a new grandchild, it’s time to get vaccinated against diseases like whooping cough. PAGE 4

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TIME TO ORGANIZE. Feel you have too much stuff and no place to put it? Evaluating your joy with each item can help you declutter. PAGE 4

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GIVE BACK. Volunteering in the community not only improves the lives of others, but can help you stay happy and healthy. PAGE 9

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KNOW YOUR HEART. Many things can affect your blood pressure. Learn which you can address, and know when to see a doctor. PAGE 6

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FIND YOUR VOICE. Speech therapy can help those suffering from injury or memory loss learn to better communicate with caregivers. PAGE 13

SHARE YOUR WELLNESS JOURNEY As we move through

Stories // TABLE OF CONTENTS

life, our view of health

Vaccine Vitals | BE CURRENT

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slow down, and enjoy

The Heart of the Matter | BE MOTIVATED

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life one day at a time.

One Step at a Time | BE INFORMED

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This issue is all about

Giving Back | BE WELL

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keeping your mind,

Trust Your Gut | BE CURIOUS

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Bridging the Communication Gap | BE THERE

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Why Beebe? Ready to give back?

Beat the Winter Blues | BE AWARE

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STARTS ON PAGE 9

Calendar of Events | BE INVOLVED

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and wellness changes. We learn to be mindful,

body, and spirit healthy and fulfilled no matter where you are on your journey. What’s the best advice you’ve been given about living well? SHARE IT WITH US ON SOCIAL MEDIA!

The Beacon is published by Beebe Healthcare to present health information to the people living, working, and visiting in southern Delaware. Health information provided in the Beacon should not be substituted for medical advice offered by a physician. Please consult your physician on medical concerns and questions.

BEACON EDITORIAL BOARD

PUBLISHER Kelly L. Griffin EXECUTIVE EDITOR Susan L. Towers MANAGING EDITOR David A. Chlastosz CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jordan Dickenson Erin Wooddell DESIGNER Victoria R. Carlson

PRODUCED BY LIFT1428 FOR BEEBE HEALTHCARE


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Vaccine Vitals

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Who really needs vaccines? Seniors, that’s who. Staying up-to-date on routine immunizations as you get older is just as important as when you were a child, and can be a vital step for a safe and healthy life as a senior.

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THE TDAP VACCINE IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR NEW GRANDPARENTS. TO HOLD YOUR PRECIOUS NEWBORN GRANDCHILD, YOU WILL NEED TO GET THIS VACCINE TO PROTECT THEM FROM THE POTENTIAL THREAT OF WHOOPING COUGH. TO LEARN MORE, VISIT BEEBEHEALTHCARE.ORG/ WINTERBEACON.

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According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, seniors need vaccines for the following diseases. Talk to your doctor. + Influenza (Flu, Annually) + Shingles (Herpes Zoster) + P  neumococcal disease (Pneumonia) + Tetanus + Diphtheria + Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Bhaskar Palekar, MD, FACP, of Beebe Internal Medicine, Lewes, says your immune system becomes more susceptible to common ailments like shingles, pneumonia, and the flu the older you get. “The incidences of infections increase as we get older, and our immunity goes down at the same time,” Dr. Palekar says.

The severity of infections as we age is higher, as are the complications that can occur. The vaccination for shingles, for example, reduces the severity of the infection for the older person, as well as the level of pain he or she experiences.

 I F YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHICH VACCINATIONS ARE RIGHT FOR YOU,

TALK TO YOUR PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR OR CONTACT OUR POPULATION HEALTH TEAM AT (302) 645-3337 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Organize Your Home

with Passion and Purpose WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY IN YOUR HOME?

Whether you keep every birthday card, or you’re already devoted to minimal clutter, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up is sure to guide you as you mindfully restructure your home or office. Pick up that clock sitting on your nightstand and ask yourself, "Does this bring me joy?" If you can’t answer the question within seconds, you probably don’t need it. So says Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizational consultant and author whose book is redefining household organization with its simplistic, but effective, approach to decluttering the spaces you live in. Why declutter? For joy, says Kondo. You should live in a space that cultivates a feeling of motivation and serenity, and each object should add to your environment in a positive way. Here are some tips and tricks to help you connect with your surroundings on a deeper level:

IDENTIFY each item in your home for purpose and feeling. Kondo says it can take up to six months to apply this mindset effectively.

LINK your passions to your home by keeping what works and removing all the unnecessary fluff.

CELEBRATE the act of decluttering by making it a special event, rather than a bothersome chore.

“TIDYING OUGHT TO BE THE ACT OF RESTORING BALANCE BETWEEN PEOPLE, THEIR POSSESSIONS, AND THE HOUSE THEY LIVE IN.” —MARIE KONDO


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PLE STEPS IM S N E T E S E OBSERVE TH NT E N V IR O N M E R U O Y E V O TO IM P R E F IT S O F A N E B E H T Y O AND ENJ F U L L IF E. L E S S WA S T E DID YOU KNOW the average household of four wastes more than 120 pounds of trash a week, and nearly 44,000 pounds a year? If you’re wondering how to live a healthier and more mindful life, follow along as we explore how to minimize waste and get the most from things you use in your everyday routine with these simple steps. 1.  TURN OFF LIGHTS and fans, and unplug electronics as much as possible. 2. BUY FRESH PRODUCE, avoid food wrapped in plastic, and say "no" to ingredients you can’t pronounce. 3. 

LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF MAIL you receive by unsubscribing to things you don’t need.

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KEEP A REUSABLE BAG in your car at all times for carrying groceries.

BE MINDFUL

GOING GREEN @ HOME THE NEW DROP-OFF ON THE BLOCK CALLING ALL OLD MEDICINES

Tossing your old medicine down the toilet can end up polluting the water you drink. And throwing your pills in the garbage can be a toxic disposal for anyone rummaging through your trash. Think twice the next time you get rid of old prescriptions—instead take part in local “take-back” programs where you can safely drop off any medicine you no longer need. T  O REVIEW A LIST OF LOCAL DROP-OFF

LOCATIONS, VISIT BEEBEHEALTHCARE.ORG/ WINTERBEACON.

5.  DONATE OLD CLOTHES or belongings to thrift stores. SAY NO TO HARSH CHEMICALS and related products in your home.

WHAT’S ONE

7.  CREATE A VINEGAR WATER MIX. Equal parts of each work well as a great disinfectant or add-in for your laundry detergent.

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8. TRY COMPOSTING unused food to create soil for indoor our outdoor plants. 9. RECYCLE. Join the 100 million Americans who have already adopted this valuable way to reuse trash. Start by separating out any glass or aluminum. You can recycle metals, paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, batteries, bulbs, and electronics. 10.  AVOID PLASTICS whenever you get the chance to avoid harmful chemicals like BPA. Practicing even a few of these steps and you can immediately begin to shrink the amount of waste in your home—so commit to change today! Create a checklist reminder on your phone or refrigerator to avoid slipping into old habits. V  ISIT BEEBEHEALTHCARE.ORG/WINTERBEACON FOR LINKS TO MORE ARTICLES AND

INFORMATION ABOUT ADOPTING A CLEAN LIVING LIFESTYLE.

START RECYCLING THIS WEEK?


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BE MOTIVATED

THE HEART OF THE MATTER

DON’T OVERLOOK LOW B.P. While high blood

pressure is top-of-mind for most of us, low blood pressure (hypotension) is often overlooked. Hypotension is common as people age and has been linked to many causes, including medications, fatigue, and even dehydration. If your blood pressure dips below 90/60, contact your doctor right away.

S W O L & S H G I H E TH : E R U S S E R P D BL O O

YOUR HEART IS YOUR LIFELINE—BOTH EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY—AND YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE AFFECTS THE OVERALL HEALTH OF THIS VITAL ORGAN.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT HEART HEALTH? WE’RE HERE TO HELP! CONTACT OUR CARDIAC NURSE NAVIGATOR AT (844) 316-3334 OR VISIT BEEBEHEALTHCARE.ORG/ WINTERBEACON FOR LINKS TO SPECIALISTS AND OTHER VALUABLE RESOURCES.

BLOOD PRESSURE is the force exerted on our blood vessels by the circulating blood flow. When you’re at risk for high blood pressure–or hypertension—your numbers skew higher than 140/90 when you’re at rest. What does that mean? It means you’re at a higher risk for heart and health problems. Hypertension is a leading cause of stroke, and contributes to heart failure, heart attacks, and kidney failure. While the diagnosis sounds bleak, R. Alberto Rosa, MD, of Cardiovascular Consultants of Southern Delaware, tells us it’s one of the most preventable contributors to heart disease. Similar to diabetes control and not smoking, high blood pressure can often be tackled from basic lifestyle changes.


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WEIGHT. The more you weigh, the greater your chances of suffering from hypertension. Also, as you gain or lose weight, work with your doctor to reevaluate your medication plan. As you lose weight, your medications may cause blood pressure to be too low, increasing risk for falls.

SALT INTAKE. For healthy blood pressure, experts recommend no more than 1 teaspoon of salt consumed per day. Less, if possible.

For those who try to alter their lifestyle and still struggle with hypertension, genetics may be to blame. While there is no specific gene determined to be the cause of high blood pressure, Dr. Rosa explains that people who modify their lifestyle and still deliver high numbers typically have a family history. Dr. Rosa encourages those with a family history to learn how to check blood pressure on their own in between annual wellness visits. He coaches patients on when and how to take it for accurate readings. Mid-morning is preferable, after you’ve had 5-10 minutes of rest, and are sitting at the kitchen table with your arm at heart height. This method of self-screening is encouraged because most people aren’t aware they have high blood pressure until they visit their doctor or present with symptoms.“By the time you experience symptoms like shortness of breath and fatigue, it may be too late to make a change,” Dr. Rosa says. For those whose symptoms have progressed, an evaluation and eventual consultation with a cardiac surgeon like Christopher Genco, MD, at Beebe Healthcare may be necessary.

ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION. There's a direct correlation between alcohol consumption and high blood pressure. Dr. Rosa recommends no more than two 4 oz. glasses of wine per day for men and no more than one for women, due to the way women’s bodies metabolize and tolerate alcohol.

SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE. Spending the day sitting can be detrimental to your health. Adopting an exercise routine you can stick to is crucial.

DID YOU KNOW THAT WOMEN OVER 50, OR AT POST-MENOPAUSAL AGE, ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE HYPERTENSION?

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Dr Genco believes there are three basic forms of therapy for a patient diagnosed with coronary artery disease (CAD). The first line of therapy is lifestyle modification and drug therapy. The second line of therapy for more advanced CAD is the placement of stents by an interventional cardiologist. The third line of therapy for patients who have multiple blockages that are heavily calcified and diffuse in nature may well be coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG).

FATTY ACIDS, ANTIOXIDANTS, & CALCIUM. THEIR NUTTY FLAVOR IS A NICE ADDITION TO VEGETABLES, YOGURT, DRINKS, OR BAKED GOODS!

In addition to coronary artery disease, Dr Genco tells us that patients may suffer from valvular heart disease. The valves in your heart are like doors in your home that separate rooms. In your heart there are four valves separating the four chambers. If they are not working properly they may need to be repaired or replaced.

 THE BEEBE MEDICAL FOUNDATION IS WORKING TO EXPAND BEEBE'S

STATE-OF-THE-ART INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY FACILITIES IN 2017 AND BEYOND. TO BE PART OF THIS EXCITING EFFORT, CALL (302) 644-2900 OR VISIT HTTPS://WWW.BEEBEMEDICALFOUNDATION.ORG/DONATE/.

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ACHIEVING GOOD FOOT HEALTH

BE INFORMED

One Step at a Time From neck and back pain to alignment issues and poor circulation, our feet play a bigger role than you may realize. Whether we notice right away or not, footwear that doesn’t fit correctly can negatively impact our health. Roman Orsini, DPM, with Orthopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware, recommends that people try to wear the proper shoe for the proper endeavor. “There are always trends in shoes and those trends are not always good. Right now there are shoes that are soft and pliable and very comfortable. But depending on what you are doing, they might not give you enough support,” says Dr. Orsini. When treating a patient for more orthopaedic issues, Dr. Orsini likes to start from scratch. “If a patient comes in my office with a stress fracture or tendonitis, we will discuss the events that led up to the injury,” Dr. Orsini says. “We can be cognizant of whether the shoes were the proper ones.” He also notes that certain foot issues, such as poor circulation,

issues with sensation, and infection, can occur when a person is already suffering from another illness. Diabetes and vascular disease, for example, are leading causes of foot ailments requiring medical attention.

IF THE SHOE FITS SWOLLEN FEET Tight shoes are unhealthy shoes. Make sure yours are sized correctly to reduce swelling and promote good circulation. GOUT Choose shoes that allow room and flexibility for swelling to cut down on pressure and pain. BUNIONS & HAMMER TOES Look for shoes with ample room for your toes to move. Shoes with soft toe boxes can help, too! DIABETES Check for good shoe fit often— don’t overlook width—to avoid ulcers, infections, nerve damage, and other serious complications.

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In fact, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are two pulses that can be found in your feet. Doctors can test them to ensure blood pressure is normal. If it isn’t, and if the patient is experiencing aching in the feet when resting, it could be a sign of other health issues, making feet evaluation an important part of regular health screenings. H  AVE ONGOING FOOT AND ANKLE PROBLEMS? CONTACT OUR ORTHOPAEDICS NURSE NAVIGATOR AT (844) 316-3332 OR VISIT BEEBEHEALTHCARE.ORG/WINTERBEACON TO ACCESS A LIST OF SPECIALISTS.

DIABETES & YOUR FEET Diabetics are at risk for serious foot ailments due to nerve damage caused by the disease. This condition, referred to as neuropathy, makes it so diabetics cannot easily feel heat, cold, or other painful sensations in their feet. “When blood sugar is high and your foot skin is broken and exposed to the insides of shoes, the dark damp environment creates risk for infection,” says Tina Trout, APRN, ACNS-BC, certified diabetes educator with Beebe Healthcare’s Diabetes Management and Medical Nutrition Therapy. Tina recommends diabetics get their feet checked by a primary care physician at least once a year, if not more often. She recommends careful, daily evaluation of feet using a mirror to view those hardto-see spots, back of the heels and bottom of the feet. Any abnormal findings—blisters, callouses, redness, warmth—may indicate a need to see a doctor. T  O LEARN MORE ABOUT DIABETIC FOOT CARE, CALL (302) 645-3121.


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AND STAYING HEALTHY A VOLUNTEER: A PERSON WHO FREELY— WITHOUT COMPENSATION— OFFERS TO TAKE

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THAT’S HOW IT FEELS FOR JOHN, FRANK, AND NINA—THREE LOCAL RESIDENTS AND AVID VOLUNTEERS. VOLUNTEERING PROVIDES THEM WITH COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP, A WAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE USING THEIR SKILLS, A WAY TO STAY SHARP, AND THE ABILITY TO BRING JOY AND COMFORT TO THOSE THEY CARE FOR.

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BE WELL

GIVING BACK


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GIVING BACK & STAYING HEALTHY BE WELL

Try practicing one of these simple acts of kindness to benefit both the community, and your overall health and wellbeing: PAY IT FORWARD. If you're able, shovel your neighbor’s driveway before work, without reward or recognition. REACH OUT. Prepare a nutritious meal for a pregnant friend. A home-cooked dinner and good conversation are guaranteed to make her day as she prepares for baby. WALK FOR A CAUSE. This time of year, many health initiatives are planning fundraising walks and runs. Participate to get out of the house, get your blood moving, and to give back.

From an early age, we’re taught that it’s important to help others. For some, that lesson becomes a desire to volunteer, serving loved ones and the community. The Beacon met with three local Beebe volunteers to learn why they give back and how it makes them feel. The unanimous answer: volunteering makes them feel happier and healthier. Get to know them! For 30 years, Nina Lichtman helped people heal. As an operating nurse who worked all around the country, she was able to explore the science she found interesting, while being a compassionate humanitarian along the way. Upon her retirement, she felt led to give back in an avenue that fit her passion, her life of service, and her industry of comfort: volunteering at the Tunnell Cancer Center.

Be Active, Be Well

NINA LICHTMAN

CHEMO/INFUSION DEPARTMENT AT BEEBE’S TUNNELL CANCER CENTER

TO KEEP A HEALTHY MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT, PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED TO STAY ACTIVE THROUGHOUT LIFE.

As the longest active Tunnell volunteer, Nina has helped shape the community and its offerings, focusing heavily on providing comfort and emotional care to chemotherapy patients. “Cancer treatment can be frightening. If we can help alleviate some of their fears and make them comfortable, it takes away from their condition,” Nina says.

Not only do Nina and her fellow volunteers provide comfort, compassion, and care to chemotherapy patients, they also step in and take extraneous tasks off the nurses’ plates. Nina’s nursing background has given her insight into what can be done to make nurses’ lives easier so they can focus on care and treatment of patients.

“Participation in activities that keep us stimulated is the first step for successful aging. It can reduce continued disability and enhance mobility, strength, and self-confidence,” says Abraham Scheer, MD, medical director for neurology and stroke services at Beebe Healthcare.

“If we can make patients happy and comfortable and take the tedium out of the nurses’ day, I know we’re helping,” Nina says.

Dr. Scheer encourages members of the community to explore the many volunteering opportunities available in the local area; to find a place where experience can shine while improving wellness.“I love to talk to the volunteers at Beebe,” Dr. Scheer says. “I feel that we are lucky to have them here.”

HERE'S HOW NINA, JOHN, AND FRANK EACH KEEP THEIR MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT ACTIVE AND ENGAGED IN ADDITION TO THEIR IMPORTANT DAY-TO-DAY VOLUNTEER WORK AT BEEBE.

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FEEL GOOD. IT GIVES YOU A SENSE OF PURPOSE AND AT THE SAME TIME, DECREASES YOUR RISK OF DEPRESSION. THE SOCIAL INTERACTION THAT COMES WITH HELPING OTHERS IS A GREAT BENEFIT. IT KEEPS YOU MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY

BE WELL

JOHN MARCHETTI

“HELPING OTHERS HAS A NATURAL EFFECT OF MAKING YOU

ACTIVE AND REDUCES STRESS LEVELS.” —LEE HALLORAN, VOLUNTEER SERVICES MANAGER, BEEBE HEALTHCARE

In 2007, John Marchetti had a stent placed in his heart. His medical team and the volunteers were incredibly helpful throughout the process, and before he left the hospital, they recommended he attend a Mended Hearts meeting. Mended Hearts provided a way to gather with others who were healing from heart surgery. After the first meeting, he signed up as a volunteer. John’s job is to take patients to pre-admission testing all around the hospital, oftentimes stopping at the cafeteria after blood tests for a bite of breakfast and a chance to let the patient talk. “I sit with patients and loved ones. I try to calm them and encourage them. You’re always scared when you have a major surgery like that, but the object is to calm everybody down,” John says. John was drawn to Mended Hearts’ support role; a program that exists solely to help people through a difficult time. Since he began volunteering for Beebe in 2007, he’s noticed a dramatic change in his health. “Before, I was sitting around the house all day. Now I feel better in my mind—I feel younger; all because of what I’m doing,” John explains.

Volunteering had always been a part of Frank Robinson’s life. It was never a question of whether he would volunteer, it was just a question of where. After a family member underwent care at Beebe’s Emergency Department, he felt called to get involved. Two morning shifts a week, Frank works in the Emergency Department, moving stretchers, making beds, stocking medical equipment and tools for the nurses, bringing drinks to patients (if allowed), and also getting to know people. He loves that no day is routine and the work is both challenging and different. He also loves that his role keeps him moving, walking miles by the end of his shift.

FRANK ROBINSON VOLUNTEER IN BEEBE’S EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

“I love putting smiles on people’s faces. It reminds us of all the little things we take for granted,” he says. He looks forward to waking up and going to the hospital, being with people, and making a difference. In his experience, when people see volunteers helping others, they’re more inclined to do the same. “We’re not supposed to forget the sick and less fortunate,” Frank says. “Some days are fun; some are very sad … it all helps you help people.”

 I F YOU FEEL DRAWN TO BEEBE, CONTACT LEE HALLORAN, VOLUNTEER SERVICES MANAGER,

AT (302) 645-3531 TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF JOINING OUR VOLUNTEER RANKS.

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BE CURIOUS

TRUST YOUR GUT KEYS TO GOOD G.I. HEALTH If you’ve ever suffered from severe abdominal pains, bowel troubles, or discomfort from indigestion and heartburn after eating, you know how important it is to take care of your gut. Take a side of these digestion essentials with your next meal to help improve gut health.

NOSHING & NIXING THE HABIT If you’re on the path to quitting you may not realize just how important it is to eat the right foods. According to the American Heart Association, food can play a crucial role in curbing those pesky cravings more than you might think. The sensation of feeling full can make your body less likely to desire a cigarette, and you can realign your body’s craving by substituting cigarettes with foods full of flavor.

SO WHAT SHOULD YOU EAT? A lot of people who give up smoking end up craving sweets, so here are some healthy options to keep you happy and healthy during the ups and downs of quitting: + Frozen bananas and grapes + Juice bars + Nonfat frozen yogurt Also, be sure to have an emergency food fund with a few snack “substitutes” with you at all times for when you feel a craving coming on. These foods can quickly take the place of a cigarette when your mouth feels “empty:” + Celery and carrots IT’S + Sugar-free gum + Sugar-free hard candy IMPORTANT TO + Breath mints EAT A NUTRITIOUS AND  TUNNELL CANCER

CENTER OFFERS LUNG CANCER SCREENINGS TO ALL WHO MEET

CONSIDER PROBIOTICS Did you know your gut holds close to 100 trillion cells of bacteria? According to The National Center for Biotechnology Information, they influence metabolism, nutrition, and your immune system. It’s easy, however, to throw these healthy bacteria off track. Antibiotics, for example, are built to get rid of bacteria and can wipe away even the good ones. When experiencing side effects from medication or trouble with digestion, take probiotics in the form of a supplement or foods like yogurt. They can help calm your stomach and return digestion to normal. CUT DOWN THE HEAT If you experience heartburn, indigestion, or acid reflux, spicy foods may be to blame. By cutting down on the amount of acidic and spicy foods you consume, you may find relief. O  UR GASTROENTEROLOGY

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EVALUATE YOUR DIET Eating too many carbohydrates and too much sugar can negatively affect your gut and your bowels. To combat this, The National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine recommends incorporating healthy levels of fiber into your everyday diet. Simply add foods high in soluble fiber, such as oatmeal, lentils, quinoa, and wheat bran.

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TO LEARN ABOUT SCREENING

TO AN INCREASED DESIRE TO SMOKE.

CRITERIA, CALL OUR CANCER SCREENING NURSE NAVIGATOR AT (302) 645-3169 OR VISIT BEEBEHEALTHCARE.ORG/WINTERBEACON

AND CONCERNS. VISIT BEEBEHEALTHCARE.ORG/ WINTERBEACON FOR MORE INFORMATION.


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At Beebe, it is our vision for Sussex County to be one of the healthiest counties in the nation. This section showcases the Beebe community, including patients like you and our care providers, as well as ways we connect to our mission, vision, and values.

BEEBE SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST HOLLY SULLIVAN, M.ED., CCC-SP/L, HELPS PATIENTS REGAIN THEIR VOICE AND COMMUNICATE WITH THE WORLD AROUND THEM. When someone says “speech therapy,” the mind may instantly jump to children as they learn to enunciate their Rs or overcome lisps. Many may not realize that speech therapy also plays a crucial role in improving communication between adults with cognitive impairment and their caregivers. When adults sustain a brain injury, suffer from a stroke, or show signs of dementia, speech can be affected. If this occurs, speech-language pathologists can assess the situation and develop a plan for improving speech as well as cognitive reasoning, explains Sullivan. These tools can get you

and your loved one back on the same page. By strengthening problem-solving skills, memory, and speech, Sullivan finds caregivers can better understand the needs of loved ones and patients can find ways to be heard. “For most adults with cognitive communication impairment, their single biggest hope is that they are not a burden. The ability to communicate thoughts, wants, and needs … that is freedom from being a burden,” says Sullivan.

T THOLOGIS NGUAGE PA A -L A H H C IT EE SP NSULTS W C-SP/ L, CO . C N C IO ., S ED ES . S LLIVAN, M THERAPY HOLLY SU A SPEECH G IN R U D PATIENT

 SULLIVAN HOSTS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR STROKE SURVIVORS, CARE PARTNERS, SPOUSES, AND FRIENDS THE FOURTH THURSDAY

OF EACH MONTH AT 5 P.M. TO LEARN MORE, CALL (302) 645-3100, EXT. 2436 OR VISIT BEEBEHEALTHCARE.ORG/WINTERBEACON.

BEEBE BITE

THERE FOR YOU: THE GULL HOUSE

BEEBE’S SPEECH (ST), PHYSICAL (PT), AND OCCUPATIONAL (OT)

If you have a loved one 60 years of age or older suffering from dementia, Beebe Healthcare’s Gull House Adult Activities Center is here to help. Since 1987, the Gull House has been committed to supporting the community with an intermediate care facility to bridge the gap between 24-hour home care and nursing home care. Open Monday through Friday, adults can attend for customized programs and activities, providing a break for caregivers. The Gull House also hosts monthly support groups for families and caregivers the third Thursday of each month.

THERAPISTS WORK TOGETHER TO STRENGTHEN EACH PATIENT’S QUALITY OF LIFE.

PT

OT

PHYSICAL

DAILY SKILLS, HOME

SAFETY, ENERGY

SAFETY, VISUAL

CONSERVATION

DEFICITS, ADAPTIVE TECHNIQUES

ST MEMORY, PROBLEM-SOLVING,

 FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT

COMMUNICATION TRAINING FOR

THE GULL HOUSE, CALL (302) 226-

CAREGIVERS AND FAMILY

2160 OR VISIT BEEBEHEALTHCARE.ORG/ WINTERBEACON.

BE THERE

Bridging the Communication Gap


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BE AWARE

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GOAL TO SUPPORT Beebe's third electrophysiology (EP) and cath lab.

TONS OF WASTE generated by American families every year.

TSP. OF SALT or less a day for healthy blood pressure.

HARMFUL CHEMICALS are found in tobacco smoke.

THOUSAND MILES are walked by the average person by age 50.

STEP OUTSIDE YOURSELF TO

BEAT THE WINTER BLUES WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

Now that the busy excitement of the holiday season and visiting friends and family has passed, you may be spending more time alone. This can trigger feelings of loneliness or dissatisfaction. Chaplain Keith Goheen M.Div., BCC, with Beebe’s Patient Experience Department, says this is common and occurs because humans are innately social creatures. “We’re made from stories for stories, and loneliness can occur when we’re not able to share our stories with others—or hear theirs,” says Goheen, emphasizing human connection and encouraging you to remember the way you feel isn't permanent. To battle the winter blues, Chaplain Goheen recommends you:

1 APPROACH YOUR CALENDAR WITH INTENTION. Planning ahead gives you something to look forward to. Schedule get-togethers with friends, sign up for local events, and make an effort to see other people.

2 GET PLUGGED IN. From local initiatives to state and federal programs, there are many ways to get involved in organizations that support groups with common interests, like the Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park.

3 MAKE YOUR OWN MEANING. Develop a personal, spiritual ritual to dive into how you're feeling and what matters to you, helping you regain an emotional balance. Create a group for discussing spiritual topics.

4 PRACTICE YOUR CURIOSITY. When interacting with others, remember to shift the focus to them. Ask questions, actively listen, and learn to be creative with how you share stories—build on positives.

For those who remain busy all year long, Chaplain Goheen suggests paying attention to family members, friends, and neighbors who may lead more isolated lives. Find ways to keep in touch and check in, whether it’s setting a phone date or writing a letter once a month, to make loved ones feel connected.

5 ADOPT A PET. A fuzzy, lovable companion can be beneficial for emotional and physical health, giving you someone to care for while feeling loved in return.


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FEBRUARY 11

BEEBE MEDICAL FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC SERIES

ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR: BE THERE

Join us at the annual Beebe Health Fair SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, FROM 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M. AT THE ATLANTIC SANDS HOTEL on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Enjoy talks by area doctors, cooking demonstrations, educational materials and giveaways, kids’ activities, light refreshments, and entertainment for the entire family! Take advantage of FREE health screenings for glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), bone density, and HIV; flu shots will also be available.

No registration is required. For additional information, call (302) 645-3337 or visit beebehealthcare.org/calendar.

Get ready to dust off those drivers, Spring is coming and that means the Beebe Medical Foundation’s Charitable Golf Classic Series is just around the corner. Join more than 400 area golfers in support of various needs at Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center. See you on the greens!

MAY 8 12th Annual Baywood Golf Classic at Baywood Greens

FEBRUARY 15

MAY 12

MENDED HEARTS

Our cardiovascular, peer-to-peer, support network, meets THE THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH AT THE BEEBE CARDIAC REHABILITATION office in the Medical Arts Building at the Beebe Health campus. The next meeting is on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15.

For more information about the group, please contact Joe Prematta, the organization’s president, at (302) 988-1012 or visit beebehealthcare.org/calendar.

MARCH 8

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed or have been living with it for your entire life, you don’t have to face diabetes alone. Beebe’s Diabetes Management Department hosts the Diabetes Support Group on Wednesdays throughout the year. The next meeting is WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, FROM 4:30 P.M. TO 6 P.M. AT THE DIABETES MANAGEMENT’S OFFICE, SUITE 210, IN THE MEDICAL ARTS BUILDING AT THE BEEBE HEALTH CAMPUS (Route 24).

For more information, please call (302) 645-3121 or visit beebehealthcare.org/calendar.

9th Annual Mike A. Ruddo Golf Invitational at the Ocean City Golf Club

JUNE 22 14th Annual Progress for Prostate at Cripple Creek Country Club

SEPTEMBER 25 18th Annual Jean & Joan Cancer Fund Golf Tournament at Kings Creek Country Club

The Medical Foundation raises money that helps change and save lives every day. In fiscal year 2016 alone, the series raised more than $150,000 thanks to the generosity of our partners. All funds support patients at Tunnell Cancer Center.

To find out how you can help or participate, call (302) 6442900 or visit beebemedicalfoundation.org/events.

There is no one great step to achieve wellness. It’s a lot of little steps.

BE INVOLVED

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

JOIN US


CALL FOR DONATIONS | The Beebe Medical Foundation is working to expand Beebe's stateof-the-art Cardiac and Vascular facilities in 2017—adding a new lab for electrophysiology and catheterization procedures, as well as a new hybrid lab to support noninvasive vascular procedures.

424 Savannah Road | Lewes, DE 19958 (302) 645-3300 www.beebehealthcare.org

STILL STICKING TO YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS? WHAT STEPS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO STAY OR GET

T  O BE A PART OF THIS EXCITING EFFORT, PLEASE CONTACT THE FOUNDATION AT (302) 644-2900 OR VISIT HTTPS://WWW.BEEBEMEDICALFOUNDATION.ORG/DONATE/

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BACK ON TRACK?

JOIN US SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 FOR OUR ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M. THE ATLANTIC SANDS HOTEL

No registration is required. For additional information, call (302) 645-3337

KEEP YOUR FAMILY in Good Health

Enjoy talks by area health professionals, cooking demonstrations, educational materials and giveaways, activities, light refreshments, and entertainment for the entire family! Take advantage of FREE health screenings for glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), bone density; flu shots will also be available.

FEATURED SPEAKERS BEEBE CARDIAC SURGEON CHRISTOPHER GENCO, MD

ORNISH LIFESTYLE MEDICINE'S CHEF MIGUEL CUEVAS + “I DID IT MY WAY” MAKING DECISIONS REGARDING YOUR HEALTHCARE WISHES. PANEL INCLUDES: DELAWARE HOSPICE | LORETTA HIGGINS, NP GRISWOLD HOME CARE | BETH COPELAND PROCINO-WELLS + WOODLAND MEAGAN SEKSCINSKI SHORT FUNERAL SERVICES | GEORGE SHORT

MAKE YOUR EVERYDAY DECISIONS HEALTHY ONES. BEEBE—BE THERE.

Winter Beacon 2017  

The Beacon magazine is a health and wellness publication, produced by Beebe Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Lewes, D...

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