Health + Wellness
Living healthier together.
Health Education and Support for the Monadnock Region
Please join us for one or more of the upcoming programs designed to provide learning opportunities and supportive connections with others on similar paths to health and wellness.
Reserve your place by calling (603) 354-5460 or visiting health-wellness.cheshiremed.org/events.
Please join us for one or more of the upcoming programs designed to provide learning opportunities and supportive connections with others on similar paths to optimal wellbeing. These classes and programs are brought to you by the Center for Population Health at Cheshire Medical Center and are part of the many ways we are working to advance the health and wellbeing of the Region. Cheshire Medical Center established the Center
Learn How to Navigate Cheshire Medical Center’s Patient Portal, myD-H Dana Carley, Patient Portal Concierge, Cheshire Medical Center myD-H is Cheshire Medical Center-Dartmouth Hitchcock’s online patient portal that makes managing your health information and communicating with your health care team easy and convenient. If you have questions about creating a myD-H account, or need assistance navigating your account, you can make an appointment with Dana Carley, the patient Portal Concierge at Cheshire. Call 603-354-5454 x 2446 to set up a one on one session to learn how to get the most out of this useful tool.
Flourishing Skills Group
for Population Health as a department dedicated to guiding and facilitating the implementation of community-based health and wellness projects and policies, integrating our clinical care into these efforts, and providing resources for education, outreach, and support to individuals, families, work-sites, schools, and the community.
Jennifer Begley and Tom Stearns, PhD., Cheshire Medical Center Resilient Living Team We could all use a little help reducing stress, building resilience, and cultivating joy to create more meaningful, happy lives.This monthly skills group will allow you tune inward and use Positive Psychology tools to improve your life in a non-judgmental, supportive group setting. Each meeting will start with an overview of the month’s topic and tools like gratitude, mindset, and mindfulness, then group activities to build the supportive connections that will help you apply and sustain these skills and practices in your daily life. Think of it like a support group for happiness and wellbeing.
All programs are held at Cheshire Medical Center, 580 Court St., Keene, NH unless otherwise noted.
First Tuesday of every month 5:15-6:30 p.m. Central Conference Room 6
All programs require registration and are free, unless otherwise noted.
Sleep Good – Feel Good!
If special accommodations are required for you to attend any of our programs, please call the Center for Population Health at (603) 354-5460.
Catherine Sickles, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), Behavioral Health Specialist, Cheshire Medical Center Join us for these monthly classes to explore the delightful benefits of a good night’s sleep. Sleep problems are one of the most common concerns that patients bring to Family Medicine, and poor sleep is a contributor to many other health issues from mood problems to high blood pressure to poor attention span and memory. Come once for the basics*, or enjoy the whole series to create and achieve your goal of better sleep. Activities include sleep logs and self-assessment, myths and facts about sleep, relaxation tips and tricks, information about Apps, gadgets and sleep “gear”, foods that promote sleep, the role of movement and activity level. It’s a hands-on learning experience that will pay off big in more hours of restorative sleep. For more information contact Catherine Sickles 354-5454 ext. 3532 Family Medicine Team C. *Registration is preferred, but walk-ins will be accommodated on a space available basis. FREE! Last Friday of the month March 29, April 26, May 31, June 28 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Auditorium B 2nd Tuesday of the month April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9 5:30-7:00 p.m. Auditorium A
Explore the benefits of restorative sleep and learn how you can get more of it.
Green Dot Overview Training
Carolyn Crane, Vicky Pitman, D’Vorah Kelley and Lesley Johnson, Green Dot Trainers Imagine a map of your community where each red dot on this map represents an act of power-based personal violence (physical or sexual violence, stalking, bullying, child abuse, or elder abuse). Now imagine adding a green dot in the middle of all those red dots on your map. A green dot is any action that promotes safety for all our citizens and communicates utter intolerance for violence. A green dot is pulling a friend out of a high risk situation, displaying an awareness poster in your room or office, or striking up a conversation with a friend or family member. A green dot is simply your individual choice at any given moment to make our world safer. What can you do to end violence in our community? We all play a role in preventing personal violence. Join us for this overview of the Green Dot Program to learn more about how you can become part of the solution and how to recognize the behaviors that may constitute sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking as well as how to effectively intervene. Additional presentations can be arranged upon request at greendot@ mcvprevention.org. Choose a date: Tuesday, April 9 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. North Conference Room 2 Wednesday, June 5 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. North Conference Room 2
Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors
Carrie Amorim Good, Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/ New Hampshire Chapter Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease (60-minute program + 30-minutes of Q&A). Monday, April 15 2:30-4:00 p.m. North Conference Rooms 1 & 2
Reserve your place by calling (603) 354-5460 or visiting health-wellness.cheshiremed.org/ events.
Advance Care Planning: It’s About the Conversation!
Jennifer McCalley, MSW, ACHP-SW Program Coordinator, Honoring Care Decisions or Nicole Boudle, RN, and Lori Guyette, RN, Collaborative Care Nurses, Cheshire Medical Center What if a sudden illness or injury left you unable to speak for yourself? Who would you want to speak for you? What would you want them to know about your values and wishes? Advance care planning is a process that helps any adult at any state of health think about your values and goals; consider health care choices you may have to make in the future; talk about your choices with your doctor and your loved ones; and make or update a written plan for the future (advance directive). Join us in a thought-provoking conversation to help make your wishes known. Learn vocabulary, reflect on your values, choose a healthcare agent, explore goals for treatment, and take the first steps toward completing an advance directive. You will have the opportunity to complete or update your advance directive if you are ready or sign up for a 1:1 meeting with a trained Honoring Care Decisions facilitator for a more in depth conversation. Choose a date: Wednesday April 24 3:00-4:30 p.m. Auditorium B Thursday May 23 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Auditorium B Thursday June 20 5:00-6:30 p.m. Auditorium B Wednesday July 24 3:00-4:30 p.m. Auditorium B Thursday August 22 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Auditorium B Tuesday September 24 5:00-6:30 p.m. Auditorium B
Wake Up Monadnock!
Jane Skantze, Certified Prevention Specialist, Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator with Monadnock Voices for Prevention at Cheshire Medical Center Substance misuse has changed dramatically in recent years. Learn how to recognize the signs of substance misuse in an interactive workshop which begins with a presentation on substance misuse prevention and resources for support, followed by a walk-through of a mock teen bedroom to test your ability to identify items and paraphernalia related to substance misuse. This program is designed for parents and guardians of teens and is not recommended for youth to attend. Tuesday, April 30 6:00-7:30 p.m. North Conference Rooms 1 & 2
Resilient Living Book Club – Make Time
Jennifer Begley and Tom Stearns, PhD., Cheshire Medical Center Resilient Living Team Make Time is a new book about finding focus and energy in your daily life. Make Time is not about productivity, life hacks, or timesaving tricks. It’s about creating time for what matters by rethinking the defaults of constant busyness and distraction. A must-read for anyone who has ever thought, if only there were more hours in the day. Make Time will help you stop passively reacting to the demands of the modern world and start intentionally making time for the things that matter. Wednesday, May 1 5:30-7:00 p.m. Auditorium A
Healthy Living with Diabetes Class
Halley Rust, RDN, LD, Diabetes Program Coordinator Cheshire Medical Center Our 4-part Healthy Living with Diabetes classes are designed to teach you the skills you need to control your diabetes and prevent or delay complications associated with this disease. Each session consists of 4 classes. Topics include diabetes management, healthy eating, activity, medications, & coping with diabetes (stress management). Tuesdays, May 7 - 28 3:00-4:30 p.m. Team F - Centering Room Future 2019 sessions are offered on July 9, 16, 23 and 30 and September 3, 10, 17, and 24
Dealing with Dementia
Pamela Goodell, Author of Dementia: The Demon in the Closet This presentation examines Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving from a personal perspective. It is based on Pam’s seven-year caregiving journey with her husband’s Alzheimer’s as well as research done for the book she wrote on the subject. It is intended for caregivers, family, and friends who want to be prepared for what they may encounter, or for those who want to expand their knowledge of Alzheimer’s. Wednesday, May 15 2:30-4:00 p.m. North Conference Rooms 1 & 2
Welcome to Medicare
Kim Lauer, Medicare Counselor, Monadnock ServiceLink Turning 65 soon? Need help understanding Medicare? This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of “How Medicare Works” and is designed for anyone who is close to Medicare age, or people who may be retiring and switching from Employer Group Health Insurance to Medicare. Thursday, May 16 6:00-7:30 p.m. North Conference Rooms 1 & 2
Share in a lively discussion at our Resilient Living Book Club.
The Eye Doctor is In!
Dale Pollack, MD, Ophthalmology, Cheshire Medical Center Join Dr. Pollack for a question and answer session on common ocular problems such as conjunctivitis, astigmatism, macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma and how to maintain healthy eyes. Thursday, May 23 6:00-7:30 p.m. Auditorium A & B
Be Good to Your Feet: Common Foot & Ankle Problems Serena Rose Doris Shomody, DPM, Podiatry, Cheshire Medical Center Did you know that foot and ankle complaints result in more than 5.3 million visits to doctors each year? Join us to learn about everyday foot and ankle problems such as bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, flat foot, and common ankle pain. You will also learn about the cause, symptoms and treatments for plantar fasciitis (also known as â€œheel spursâ€?). Join Dr. Shomody as she provides tips to help you be good to your feet. Tuesday, May 28 6:00-7:30 p.m. Auditorium A & B
Beyond the Hearing Aid: Shakers, Lights, Personal Amplifiers, and iPad Apps
Joan Marcoux, Communication Access Specialist, New Hampshire Dept. of Health and Human Services and Stacy Driscoll, Assistive Technology Specialist, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire The prevalence of hearing loss essentially doubles with each decade of age. As a result, nearly two of three Americans ages 70 and above have a clinically meaningful hearing loss, and yet only about 15 percent of people with a hearing loss in the United States use a hearing aid. At the same time, technology is continuing to advance rapidly, and newer devices, such as hearing loops in public spaces and hearing applications built into smartphones, have tremendous potential to help people communicate better. Please come and learn more about both old and new technologies and resources for people with a hearing loss. Thursday, May 30 3:00-4:30 p.m. Auditorium A & B
REGISTER TODAY! Reserve your place by calling (603) 354-5460 or visiting health-wellness.cheshiremed.org/ events.
Learn about new resources for people with hearing loss.
Nutrition for Preventing Type II Diabetes
Keene State College Dietetic Interns A pre-diabetes diagnosis can be scary! Healthy lifestyle choices can help bring your blood sugar back to normal or prevent it from climbing to the levels seen in Type 2 Diabetes. Instead of focusing on all the foods you should remove from your plate, come learn what health promoting foods nutrition professionals recommend adding to support your health and wellness goals. Thursday, June 6 4:30-5:30 p.m. Auditorium A & B
Everything You Always Wanted to Ask about Men’s Health Martin Gross, MD, Urology, Cheshire Medical Center Every man has questions and concerns about his health but may not feel comfortable discussing them in the office. In this program, Dr. Gross, our specialist in male health, will talk about the most common concerns and answer any questions you may have. Partners are also welcome! Tuesday, June 11 3:00-4:30 p.m. North Conference Room 1
Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Carrie Amorim Good, Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s; the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available for some symptoms, and Alzheimer’s Association resources. (60-minute program + 30-minutes of Q+A) Wednesday, June 12 1:00-2:30 p.m. Auditorium A & B
Your Medicine Cabinet and You
Denis Fortier, Registered Pharmacist, Cheshire Medical Center Join us for an interactive discussion of the rights and responsibilities of healthcare providers and individuals regarding medications. We will cover such practical issues as: medication assistance programs, proper storage and use of medications, questions to ask your doctor during appointments, questions to ask your pharmacist, and what’s new in the world of medications. Thursday, June 13 3:00-4:30 p.m. Auditorium A & B
Learn what kind of questions to ask your doctor or pharmacist in Your Medicine Cabinet and You.
Personal Emergency Preparedness
Tricia J (Wadleigh) Zahn, MPH, Center for Population Health, Cheshire Medical Center Families or loved ones may not be together in an emergency, so it is important to plan in advance. Attend this highly interactive, two-hour workshop to learn how to be better prepared as an individual or family. Discussions will be on how to make a family plan, build an emergency kit and what items should be included, and the proper way to store it. The workshop will also cover items to keep in mind if the need changes from sheltering in place to evacuating. Thursday, June 13 5:30-7:00 p.m. Auditorium A & B
Meeting the Needs of Seniors
Angel Nicoletti, Cheshire Village at Home/Keene Senior Center Many seniors encounter social isolation and depression as they encounter limitations on their mobility and transportation. Please join Angel Nicoletti to learn more about available state resources and the various living arrangements that seniors can choose from, including remaining at home, living with family, or moving to a Continuing Care facility. She will also talk about the nationwide Village-toVillage Network that aims to expand opportunity, choice, support, and care for all older people. Children of aging parents, seniors looking at options as they age, and healthcare providers looking for resource options are all welcome. Tuesday, June 18 6:00-7:30 p.m. Auditorium A & B
Keene State College Dietetic Interns June is National Dairy Month! Dairy products pack a nutritional punch with evidence linking dairy with health benefits such as improved bone health, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and lower blood pressure in adults. Come learn about the latest science and practical ways to incorporate more of these delicious foods into your routine. Dairy alternatives will also be discussed for those who are lactose intolerant. Thursday, June 27 4:30-5:30 p.m. Auditorium A & B
Reserve your place by calling (603) 354-5460 or visiting health-wellness.cheshiremed.org/ events.
Learn about the health benefits of incorporating dairy or dairy substitutes into your diet.
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