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If You Can Do Just One Thing to Make the World a Better Place, Volunteer!

Today, we all lead busy lives. Even those who have retired find their spare time quickly fills up  with babysitting, family gatherings, grandkids’ sporting events and concerts, or simply enjoying activities we never had enough time for until now. 

With all this “busy-ness,” it may seem challenging to find time to volunteer. However, those who do say the rewards are great.  Numerous studies show volunteering to help others can reduce stress, lift sprits and provide greater meaning and purpose in your life. 

Choosing the right volunteer opportunity is the key.  Hospice of the Western Reserve offers many options. If you have a special hobby or talent, we’ll even work with you to create a personalized volunteer experience that lets you bring it to life to help others. What could be better that volunteering to do something you love? 

 Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting or sewing?  Many of our volunteers enjoy creating textured lap blankets for dementia patients or creating pretty customized pillows to relieve discomfort. Best of all, you can choose to work on the projects from your own home or to enjoy socializing with a group sewing circle that gets together every other month.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 3:59 PM, 03.09.2017

Children Needing Grief Support Can Find Help at Overnight Camp

Support is available for children ages 8-14 who are coping with the death of a loved one. “Together We Can Overnight,” a children’s grief support camp hosted by Hospice of the Western Reserve, is planned from Saturday, Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m., to Sunday, Oct. 16, 10:15 a.m., at Red Oak Camp, 9057 Kirtland-Chardon Rd., Kirtland. The registration fee is $25 per camper; scholarships are available. Space is limited and completed registrations are due by Monday, Sept. 26. For more information and to receive a registration packet, call 216.486.6838.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.09.2016

Eastside Women's Support Group

The Renee Jones Empowerment Center will begin a women's support group at Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries (15706 St Clair Ave. - across from the Dollar General store). The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. This group will continue to meet every Tuesday evening. 

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:10 PM, 05.05.2016

How To Benefit From Tai Chi

If you are in a Tai Chi Class chances are you are a very dedicated student, as long as class is in session. What happens when you leave class?  Do you take the principles you learn and apply them everyday? The teacher or instructor is there to guide you and show you the way. It is up to you to integrate the teachings and philosophies into your life. Take the time to practice what you learn and you will build upon it. Even if you don’t know the full routine practice what you can remember, whether it’s the warm up or the Forms. Surely we all agree that one or two hours a week is not enough time to change your life for the better. In class we are breathing deep, we stand without locking our joints so the Chi can flow, we are relaxed, focused and united in mind, body and spirit. It feels right and everything is well within the Universe. After class are we continuing to breathe deeply and using the lower abdomen? What if we get angry, suppose somebody cuts you off in traffic do we rise up and use chest breathing, do our muscles tense up, face frowned and tight, joints lock…? When we stand in line at the BMV or grocery store are we locking the knees and cutting off our energy, are we slouching and reinforcing bad habits? Are we conscious in all our tasks and movements or is the mind scattered from North to South? Integrating the Tai Chi postural structure and philosophical qualities into everyday life is how we truly benefit from its’ practice. It is how we increase our longevity. It is how we find the immense health benefits that are so often spoken of as well as an ongoing feeling of peace. When someone or something causes us to get angry take a deep breath, relax the abdomen and allow it to sink all the way down and continue to breathe this way. Are you tensing up? Relax the places in the body that are tight, systematically use the mind to search and destroy tension melting it away, let the joints naturally rest within the earth’s gravitational pull. In class we use standing meditation (Zhan Zhang) as a training exercise. When standing why not use these principles whether you’re in a line or in your own kitchen washing dishes. Zhan Zhang unites the two halves of the body, upper and lower as well as uniting the mind and body. Physically it builds the leg muscles and increases circulation, respiration and overall body strength. The bones are what generate white blood cells and the bones in the legs are the largest in the body.  The weight of the standing causes an increase in the production of white blood cells thus amping up the immune system. The standing meditation also teaches us to clear our minds of unnecessary chatter. Too many random thoughts can be overwhelming and stressful. Stress is a major factor in many diseases and ailments. Practicing Tai Chi relieves, prevents and or eliminates many stress and physiological maladies. Just google the health benefits of Tai Chi and be prepared to receive a plethora of information.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:10 PM, 05.05.2016

2015 Water Quality Report is Available from Cleveland Water

At Cleveland Water, we know our drinking water is essential to the quality of life of more than 1.4 million people in 80 communities. That’s why we are committed to providing our customers with safe, high-quality, drinking water that is available at the turn of a tap any hour of the day.

Our water is constantly monitored and tested. In fact, Cleveland Water consistently exceeds the most stringent water quality standards mandated by Federal and State water regulations, and last year was no exception.

It is with pleasure that we announce Cleveland Water’s 2015 Water Quality Report. This annual report provides an overview of our water quality during the past year. In it we discuss the source of your water, how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies, and how your water is treated and tested.    

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:27 PM, 04.06.2016

Mother Raphael as a Pioneer

In late April of 2015, Mother Mary Raphael Gregg was awarded the Ohio Health Care Association Pioneer Award.  This award is designed to honor a commitment to excellence in long-term care services, and to recognize Ohioans who are influential in the development and advancement of long-term care programs.  Mother M. Raphael earned this award through her lifetime commitment and dedication to Euclid’s Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center on Chardon Road.  Mother Raphael became a Catholic Sister on October 3, 1954 when she joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Mark.  At the time, the sisters were providing rest home services on a local estate that they had purchased.  Sister Raphael was sent to nursing school to better care for their residents.  She earned her LPN in 1958, her RN license in 1979, and then her BSN degree in 1992.  As Mount St. Joseph nursing home grew and changed with time, Sister Raphael became a licensed nursing home administrator in 1999, after completing an internship at St. Augustine Manor.  She would later become the Administrator of Mount St. Joseph and the Mother Superior of the Order.  In 2012, Mother Raphael managed every detail of the design and construction, and led the way as the sisters replaced their old nursing home with a new, state of the art rehabilitation center.  The new Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center will continue to provide excellent care long into the future due to Mother Raphael’s watchful eye and dedication to her mission.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

Tri-C's Health, Wellness and Preventative Care Center Open for Spring Semester at Metropolitan Campus

The Community Health, Wellness and Preventative Care Center at the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) is now open for spring semester.

The care center provides low-cost health care services to uninsured or underinsured adults while giving Tri-C health career students learning and training opportunities in a clinical setting.

The center is open 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 28. It is located in Room 105 of the Health Careers and Sciences building at Metro Campus, 2900 Community College Ave. in Cleveland.

The center is staffed by students studying to be medical assistants, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapy assistants and dietetic technicians. The students work under the supervision of licensed health care providers.

Services offered at the center include blood pressure readings, glucose and cholesterol screenings; physical therapy and occupational therapy; physical rehabilitation for daily living; pain management; bone density screenings; nutritional coaching; stress management; and exercise and education programs. No physician referrals are needed.

To schedule a visit or to find out about special health-related workshops, call 216-987-3555.

The care center serves as a key part of Tri-C’s allied health career programs. Nearly 2,800 appointments have been booked since the service began in 2009.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

Tai Chi Classes at Collinwood High!

An ancient martial art known as Tai Chi Chuan has found it's way to Collinwood High School. In our Collinwood Class we learn techniques that enable us to use an opponents strength against them no matter how big or strong. We learn to control attackers using joint locking techniques and also how to escape from them. We learn energy building techniques known as Qigong (Chee-Gong). We learn to stay relaxed and focused in the face of on coming threats and so much more. But wait a minute, are we talking about Tai Chi? Is this the same thing you see the elderly people practicing in the park?

These ancient exercises are good exercise for the mind. While performing the physical movements it is important to use visualization techniques to move the body’s internal energy, Chi. Chi is the life force that we are all born with. It is associated with the electrical signals that run through our nervous system just as blood flows through the circulatory system. Through deep breathing and mental imagery we are able to gather this energy and increase it’s presence in our bodies giving us longer and stronger lives. Tai Chi and Qigong are forms of meditation that relax and calm the mind reducing stress and bringing our thoughts into balance. This reduces the effects that stress can have on our bodies. Many ailments are directly linked to stress and can be avoided.

 While practicing Tai Chi and Qigong we return to a natural state. Our breathing is in the lower abdomen like that of a baby, relaxed. Our movements are not forced but natural, our minds clear. This brings us back to the way we were meant to be before life imposed its’ bad habits upon us. When we enter this state we are thus returning to nature. We become more spiritual. This spirituality is not religious in nature although it can be for each person what they wish. The spirituality I speak of is in accordance with nature and an appreciation of life. One gains a deeper understanding of oneself and a connection to our inner selves while at the same time connecting to the world around us, experiencing oneness. Although many times we learn in a classroom it is good to practice outside if possible to breathe the fresh air and absorb the light of the sun and the energy of the earth. Once a person learns Tai Chi it is theirs to take with them wherever they go.

The Classes at Collinwood are on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.  They are open and free to the public. Anyone wishing to experience Tai Chi Chuan is welcome to come. Age and fitness levels are irreleveant, the classes are non-competitive, friendly and inspiring. Come, wear comfortable clothing and get ready to feel great! Fore more information on Tai Chi visit www.greendragontaichi.com

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

Moore Counseling located in Euclid offers a variety of services for addiction sufferers

Moore Counseling and Mediation Services, Inc. is a Cleveland based organization with four locations in the northeast Ohio area including its main office being located in Euclid, Ohio.

The Euclid location is located at 22639 Euclid Avenue, just east of east 222nd street.  You can find other locations in downtown Cleveland, Akron and Elyria.

Also known as MCMS, the community based organization offers a wide range of services to clients that suffer from alcohol and drug addiction and behavioral health disorders.  MCMS offers education, intervention, advocacy and support by helping clients get on the right path in life by meeting on a regular basis with counselors and specialist to discuss a wide variety of  issues that MCMS clients are struggling with.

Moore Counseling not only works with clients suffering from alcohol and drug addiction, but they also provide many companies and churches with services needed to grow and prosper in the community.

A list of other services provided by MCMS includes: anger management, intervention, premarital education, individual therapy, parenting education and substance abuse education.

If you want to become a client or learn more about the services Moore Counseling and Mediation Services, Inc. provides, contact MCMS by telephone at 216-404-1900.  Or visit the website at moorecounseling.com. 

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

Rose-Mary Center Recieves $162,000+ Grant From the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities for Trauma Informed Care

EUCLID, OHIO- The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities awarded over $162,000 to Rose-Mary Center in Euclid Ohio. Over the next two years, the grant will fund capacity building in the Developmental Disabilities provider system to serve complex individuals using trauma informed care principles.

An estimated 90% of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have experienced traumatic stress (aldridgepalay.com). Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework understands the impact of trauma on the individuals they serve and adopts a culture that considers and addresses this impact (mha.ohio.gov/traumacare).

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 5:34 PM, 01.05.2016

Christmas Magic at Rose-Mary

With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it's easy to forget the magic that the season can bring to children and adults alike. The staff and individuals at Rose-Mary were reminded of this joy when a simple event designed for photo opportunities turned into one of the most memorable nights of the year. Brad Wyner, the behavior support specialist, at Rose-Mary donned the big red suit and beard for the "Pictures with Santa" event. His co-worker Martha DiLorenzo played the part of Mrs. Claus and after a long day of work they headed into the party just hoping for a few good pictures to share with the individuals' families.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 5:34 PM, 01.05.2016

Get into the Groove with Bus Stop Moves

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Next time you are waiting on the Route 39 - or one of the other RTA buses that weaves throughout North Collinwood - remember the best way to keep warm is to keep MOVING!

Thanks to funding from The Kresge Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture through Northeast Shores’ COLLINWOOD 2015 grant program, the project “Bus Stop Moves” launched at three targeted bus shelters last month. The grant and resulting project were designed to address health issues identified through the annual “Picturing Collinwood” survey in addition to the October quarterly Northeast Shores meeting where feedback was solicited by “Bus Stop Moves’” creators.

This project endeavors to inject just a few minutes of stretching and strengthening exercises into RTA riders’ commute - while waiting for the bus to arrive - by providing simple illustrations and health tips on clear, vinyl stickers adhered to select glass shelter panels.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 5:34 PM, 01.05.2016

The Collinwood Health Center Welcomes You!

Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (Neon) Welcomes Nnennaya Adaku Okocha, DDS.

Dr. Nnennaya A. Okocha was born in Nigeria. She graduated from The University of Nigeria College of Dentistry in 1990. After practicing dentistry for about 10 years in Nigeria, she migrated to the United Sates in 2001.

In 2006, she enrolled in the New York University College of Dentistry from where she graduated with her DDS in 2009.

Upon graduation, Dr. Okocha retuned to Cleveland and went to work for North East Ohio Neighborhood (NEON) health services at their Hough location. In 2014, she left NEON for private practice. After one year in the private practice sector, Dr. Okocha returned to NEON in September of 2015 to practice at the Collinwood location.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 5:18 PM, 12.06.2015

9 Tips to Aid Grieving Friends During the Holidays

Those who are grieving often remark that they would like to skip over all holidays, skip the month of December and emerge on Jan. 2. The absence of a loved one is palpable during the season of family-centered activities and feelings of acute grief are heightened. Providing comfort, hope and support is a priceless gift to grieving friends.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 5:18 PM, 12.06.2015

How to Prevent Falls

As the winter season approaches and the snow and ice start to fall, it is time to place extra focus on reducing your risk of falling.  The rehabilitation team from Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center would like to share these fall prevention tips.

1) Keep moving – exercise and physical fitness help to improve balance and prevent falls

2) Wear sensible shoes with good traction, indoors and out

3) Clear pathways – keep boxes, newspapers, electrical cords, tables and rugs out of high traffic areas.  Keep your driveways and sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

4) Light up your living space – use adequate lighting in and around your home, day and night, to allow you to see obstacles and changes in surfaces.

5) Use an assistive device to help with balance if you are at risk for falling.

6) Speak to your doctor about physical therapy if you fall often or present with decreased balance.

Be careful and stay safe!

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 5:18 PM, 12.06.2015

Determination, God and Therapy

In February of 2014, Elfrieda “Fritzie” Holtcamp was an active and independent 85 year old woman.  When she began to experience back pain, she was told that she had a bladder infection.  It never occurred to her that this would lead to a life changing experience. Unfortunately, her pain continued to worsen and she soon found herself admitted to the hospital with sepsis and the loss of motor function in her legs.  An MRI quickly revealed that she had a large abscess on her lumbar spine, requiring immediate surgery.  After surgery, Fritzie was told that she would never walk again.  She then spent three weeks in an acute rehab facility to recover some of her most basic mobility.  When it was time to move out of this facility, it was obvious to Fritzie that she couldn’t go home.  She chose to move to Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center in Euclid, a place where she had spent many hours as a volunteer with their pet therapy program.  When Fritzie arrived at Mount St. Joseph, she couldn’t even move her toes, but she was thrilled to have the physical therapist tell her, “Stick with me, I’ll get you moving.”  With hard work, motivation, and many hours of physical therapy and occupational therapy, Fritzie did “get moving”.  After 14 months, she was not only walking and able to stand on one foot, but she was able to leave Mount St. Joseph Rehab and live independently once again.  She states, “The therapy at Mount St. Joseph is fantastic!”  She credits her returned independence to “determination, God and therapy”, and to the peace and care that she received at Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 11:41 AM, 11.25.2015

Tri-C Health, Wellness and Preventative Care Center Reopens for Fall Semester at Metro Campus in Cleveland

The Community Health, Wellness and Preventative Care Center at the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will reopen for fall semester on Sept. 1.

The care center provides low-cost health care services to uninsured or underinsured adults while giving Tri-C health career students learning and training opportunities in a clinical setting.

The center will be open 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 1 through Nov. 19. It is located in Room 105 of the Health Careers and Sciences building at Metro Campus, 2900 Community College Ave. in Cleveland.

The center is staffed by students studying to be medical assistants, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapy assistants and dietetic technicians. The students work under the supervision of licensed health care providers.

Services offered at the center include blood pressure readings, glucose and cholesterol screenings; physical therapy and occupational therapy; physical rehabilitation for daily living; pain management; bone density screenings; nutritional coaching; stress management; and exercise and education programs. No physician referrals are needed.

To schedule a visit or to find out about special health-related workshops, call 216-987-3555.

The care center serves as a key part of Tri-C’s allied health career programs. More than 2,600 appointments have been booked since the service began in 2009.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 6:40 PM, 09.08.2015

Healthier Seniors Wrap up Summer

Linda Zolten-Wood and Michel Hodges RN continued arts/health programming at the Rose Center on Lakeshore Blvd. as part of the Collinwood 2015 initiative sponsored by Northeast Shores Development Corporation and the Kresge Foundation.  We kicked off the month with Valerie Salstrom from Get Hep Swing, a local dance studio.  Valerie is an award winning swing dancer and taught us some great moves.  She then invited us to make up our own moves by thinking about summer activities and then setting them to music.  We created The Fly Swatter, The Swimmer, and even The Corn Eater.  Great fun was had by all as can be seen from the accompanying pictures.

The next week featured great eats.  Linda made easy peasy bean dip with canned beans, fresh salsa and shredded cheese.  Kevin Scheuring, manager of The Coit Road Farmers Market expanded our culinary horizons by treating us to a North African dish called chermoula.  Ingredients included saffron, parsley, green bell peppers, onion, garlic, lemon juice and preserved lemon, cumin, sunflower sprouts and a variety of spices from Spice Hound.  All this mixed together and served over rice. Yum!!  

We also gathered recipes of a different kind, home remedies that Rose seniors remembered from their childhoods.  Does anybody remember something called mutton taler?  It is a mixture of quinine, soda, and rubbing alcohol made into a paste which you rubbed on your chest, back, top of your head and bottoms of your feet to draw out a cold.  

Great eating continued the next week with Kai Wingo of Kultured Mushrooms.  Kai started growing mushrooms after being laid off and was named this year as one of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People.  She sauteed oyster and shitaki mushrooms with a little olive oil and garlic powder.  Amazing how good these were!  She explained that  mushrooms are not only a great source of nutrition featuring anti-inflammatory properties but also can be used to break down oil in contaminated waterways.

The month ended with a potluck where everyone shared their favorite recipes featuring end of summer bounty.  There may even be a cookbook so keep your eyes open for future info!  Everyone got to take a home a hand painted flower pot filled with herbs from local herb specialist Anastasia Pantsios.  

Linda and Michel have greatly enjoyed their time with everyone at the Rose Center and hope to repeat a similar program next year.  Thank you to Northeast Shores and the Kresge Foundation for sponsoring the grant that made this program possible.  Thanks also to everyone who presented and participated.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 6:40 PM, 09.08.2015

Healthier Seniors in Collinwood 2015

Last month in the Observer it was reported that Michel Hodges and Linda Zolten-Wood had received a grant from Collinwood 2015, an initiative blending arts and health activities to improve the health of our community.  Michel and Linda have been working with the seniors at the Paul Alandt Lakeshore Rose Center for Aging Well.  Their series of 6 programs is half way done and all involved are very happy with the results.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

Collinwood Arts and Health for Seniors Project

In last month's Observer, Julia DiBaggio wrote about Collinwood 2015, an initiative blending arts and health activities to improve the health of our community.  Linda Zolten-Wood and Michel Hodges are leading one of the projects that is part of this initiative. They will be presenting a series of activities at the Paul Alandt Lakeshore Rose Center for Aging Well.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 11:02 AM, 07.12.2015

Free Community Resources Offered: Making Personal Healthcare Choices Known

Hospice of the Western Reserve - along with other national, state and community organizations - is participating in a national campaign running now through April 16, 2015 National Healthcare Decisions Day, to highlight the importance of making personal healthcare choices known. Free downloadable web resources and community educational events are planned.

Hospice of the Western Reserve has scheduled the following free east side community educational opportunities. Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will documents will be available and a representative from Daniel P. Seink Co., Ltd., will be available to answer questions and witness the signing of documents. Both sessions are open to the community; no reservations required.

Friday, April 10, 2015 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd, Cleveland Hts.

 Thursday, April 16, 2015 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Euclid Lakefront Community Center, One Bliss Lane

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 8:45 PM, 04.03.2015

Free Half-Day Retreat Helps Grieving Teens by Uniting Them with Peers

Are you aware of a young person who could use support on his or her grief journey? “Bridges of Courage,” a free half-day retreat for teens, ages 14 to 17, provides support to adolescents who have experienced the death of a loved one by uniting them with peers who are also experiencing the death of a loved one. The retreat will take place at the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center, located on Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Lakeshore Campus, 300 East 185th Street, Cleveland, on Saturday, April 11, 2015 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. A dinner of pizza and salad will be provided. Space is limited, so early reservations are recommended. To register, contact Dominique Butler at 216.486.6287. (Registration cutoff date is April 6.)

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 7:53 PM, 03.06.2015

Welcome to the Collinwood Health Center

Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services (NEON) invites you to utilize the services of the Collinwood Health located at 15322 St. Clair Avenue. We offer a dedicated team of caring professionals and a wide array of health care services to meet the needs of you and your family. Our hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, Monday through Friday with night and weekend hours offered at the Hough Health Center.  Please call us at 216-851-1500 to make an appointment.

Established in 1967, NEON is one of the oldest and largest Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in the country with seven locations, a dental van and multiple outreach sites including nursing homes and schools. Prevention and early detection are the cornerstones of NEON’s service delivery model.

NEON provides affordable, high-quality primary care services to the uninsured as well as to individuals and families with insurance coverage.  “Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of Northeast Ohio residents by providing comprehensive and excellent health care in a culturally sensitive and caring environment,” stated Mr. Willie F. Austin, NEON’s President and CEO.

NEON accepts a number of payment arrangements for services including Medicare and Medicaid. Managed Care Plans include CareSource, Buckeye Health Plan, UnitedHealthcare, Molina Healthcare, and Paramount. NEON also accepts Medical Mutual of Ohio, Anthem BC/BS, CIGNA and other commercial insurance plans. Services are also available on a sliding fee scale, based on income and family size.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:50 PM, 01.26.2015

Community Support Task Force Combines Healthcare and Community Resources

Once a patient leaves the hospital their healthcare needs don’t end – whether ongoing or preventative. Mark Froimson, MD, President of Euclid Hospital, wants to make Euclid, Collinwood and the surrounding communities the “most healthy places to live and work, with citizens that are attuned to the best ways to remain healthy and prevent disease and access care when needed.”

Renee Marincic, Euclid Hospital patient care advocate, recently spoke to members of organizations in Euclid and Collinwood concerning the interest that Hospital caregivers have to partner with community services that can aid patients. “Patients who could also be your neighbor,” says Marincic.

A Community Support Task Force is formed
From that meeting, a Community Support Task Force (CSTF) was developed as a collaborative effort between Euclid Hospital and the City of Euclid. The Task Force will promote healthy living and activities, encourage health screenings and disease prevention and checking in on those in need – such as elderly neighbors.

Continued.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 7:59 PM, 09.03.2014

Doctor’s Office or Emergency Department? Choose Wisely

Heart attack. Stroke. Severe burns. For medical cases like these, immediate care at a full service emergency department (ED) is the obvious choice. “We’re here for the community,” says Marita Volk, MD, director of the Emergency Department at the Euclid Hospital. “When in doubt, remember: we’ll see anyone, anytime for anything."

The emergency department treats conditions that require immediate care for a sudden and unexpected medical condition, or for the worsening of a condition that suddenly threatens a life limb, or vision. Call 911 or go immediately to the ED in the case of medical emergencies, including:
• Loss of consciousness
• Signs of heart attack or stroke
• Sudden, severe pain and/or chest pain
• Uncontrolled or excessive bleeding
• Coughing up or vomiting blood
• Head injury
• Eye injuries
• Bone and joint injuries
• Severe burns or pain
• Sudden or unexpected paralysis
• Difficulty breathing
• Poisoning or suspected poisoning
• Major injuries
• Accidents, including falls and car crashes
• Extreme emotional distress
• Suicidal or homicidal feelings
• Drug overdose
• Injuries caused by violence, such as gun-shot wounds

Other conditions, like earache, sore throat or muscle strain, may be better handled by an express or urgent care center or your primary care doctor.

Your primary care doctor is the person to go to for your healthcare basics, such as wellness checkups and screenings, and for specialist referrals. They should always have your medical information on file. They may not be able to see you in an urgent situation, but their main focus is on disease prevention and helping you stay healthy.

To avoid unnecessary ED trips:
• Learn the signs of true medical emergencies like stroke and heart attack. 
• Develop a relationship with a primary care physician who has your medical information on file and can see you in a pinch.

When life-threatening situations occur, call 9-1-1. For urgent medical needs, call 911 or visit:
Euclid Hospital Emergency Department
18901 Lakeshore Blvd.
Euclid, Ohio 44119

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 7:59 PM, 09.03.2014

Free Community Luncheon Features Real-Life Stories about Hospice Care

Meet Danielle Wiggins of WKYC TV Channel 3 News!

Euclid residents are invited to join Hospice of the Western Reserve’s African American Outreach Committee at a free community luncheon event entitled, “Voices for Hospice: Who cares?  We do! Putting the Pieces Together,” on Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Embassy Suites, 5800 Rockside Road, Independence. The event commemorates World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.

Mistress of ceremonies is Danielle Wiggins of WKYC TV Channel 3. A panel of hospice team members including a spiritual care coordinator, an art therapist and a pediatric social worker will talk about their specialties and share real-life stories about how their work provides comfort, hope and dignity to patients and their families. The luncheon is free, but registration is required. Registration is available online at hospicewr.org/voices or by calling 216.486.6645.

Attendees will also enjoy a fabulous display of handcrafted art courtesy of the African American Quilt and Doll Guild. A variety of nonprofit community organizations will provide educational exhibits and complimentary health care screenings.

“This luncheon provides a great opportunity for church groups, social organizations, families and friends to learn more about the hospice philosophy in a relaxed setting,” said LaBena Fleming, Provider Relations Manager and co-chair of this year’s event.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 7:59 PM, 09.03.2014

A Natural Way

A Natural Way is located at 856 East 185th street. You would not imagine this facility small in size but big in innovation and excitement on this street. The owner Lashawn Evans has made it an Oasis for all on the Wellness Path. The studio offers a quarterly challenge,and every second Sunday a free wellness seminar.

You can find classes belly dance classes, zumba,yoga and many group fitness classes.

Natural Way offers instructional workshops on nutrition and weight loss.

This year the studio sponsored the belly dance troupe,"The sisters of Jamila Yaa at the annual Parade the  circle event at University Circle.

A Natural Way located at 656 East 185th Street,

Phone (216) 802-8284 Email anaturalway216@yahoo.com

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 7:59 PM, 09.03.2014

Cleveland Clinic's Minority Men's Health Fair

You can discover your risk of developing prostate or colon cancer, learn how to quit smoking and prevent strokes, and gather all kinds of other health information at the 12th annual Cleveland Clinic's Minority Men's Health Fair.

The free event is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the lobby of Glickman Tower, 2050 East 96th St., on the Cleveland Clinic's main campus.

Free parking is available in the P1 garage at East 93rd Street and Euclid Avenue.

Last year, 1,200 men attended and underwent more than 6,000 screenings. The annual event, founded by Charles S. Modlin, Jr. M.D. of the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, aims to address the healthcare disparities experienced by minority patients in Northeast Ohio. African-Americans have a shorter life-expectancy, higher incidence of death from heart disease and die from prostate cancer twice as often as white males.

Registration is strongly encouraged. To sign up, go to ClevelandClinic.org/MMHC. 

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:47 PM, 04.07.2014

Free Luncheon to Dispel Myths, Teach What Hospice Is and Isn't

Hospice of the Western Reserve’s African American Outreach Committee will observe World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on Saturday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Marriott Cleveland East, 26300 Harvard Rd., Warrensville Hts.
by hosting a free community luncheon program aimed at dispelling the myths about hospice care and sharing surprising and little known facts about the range of services available, including many requiring no hospice experience. These include Yoga, Reiki, art therapy workshops (ranging from quilting to journaling to ceramics and painting), bereavement support groups for all ages, and a school crisis response program.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:17 AM, 10.11.2013

Straight talk about enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace

Beginning in 2014, millions of Americans will have access to affordable, quality health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. They will be able to compare health plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the health reform law. Consumers will find various plan options available in their state in simple, easy-to-understand language.  Individuals will be able to enroll beginning on October 1st of this year. (If you obtain insurance through an employer or a government program such as Medicare or Medicaid, you do not need to enroll through the health exchange.) 

I know that many of my constituents have questions about the enrollment process, the types and cost of coverage that will be available and many other aspects of this phase-in of the health reform law, more commonly known as Obamacare. It’s unfortunate however, that critics of Obamacare have gone out of their way to spread misleading information, use fuzzy math or omit important details to create fear and confusion. That’s a disservice to the people I represent. My goal is to help ensure that our hardworking families and individuals have accurate information and know where to find it.

An example of misleading information can be found in the recent news release issued by the Ohio Department of Insurance. It announced that average premiums in Ohio will increase 41% next year as a result of the Affordable Care Act. That’s technically true but in practical terms, meaningless. Consumers will not pay an average based on all levels of plans available. It’s like averaging the price of a budget compact car with a high end luxury SUV. If you’re in the market for a low cost car, you’re not paying anywhere near the “average.”

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 1:27 PM, 09.12.2013

"Together We Can" Camp offers support for children who have lost loved ones

For the 15th consecutive year, Hospice of the Western Reserve will host "Together We Can," a children’s bereavement day camp held at Red Oak Camp, 9057 Kirtland-Chardon Road in scenic Kirtland. This year’s camp is scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 6-8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Each year, up to 60 campers between the ages of six and 14 who have experienced the death of a loved one spend the day in this beautiful natural setting interacting with other children who have also had someone special die. 

“There’s nothing better than seeing all these kids who have experienced so many different losses come together in a beautiful setting to share stories, learn new ways to handle their grief, and have fun with other kids who understand what they’re going through,” said Karen Hatfield, counseling team leader at the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 12:30 PM, 06.07.2013

Euclid Hospital celebrates 75 years of AHA membership

The American Hospital Association is very pleased to recognize Euclid Hospital with a plaque for 75 years of continuous AHA membership. The plaque is signed by AHA president Richard J. Umbdenstock and Teri G. Fontenot, chair, board of directors, to commemorate this milestone. The AHA marks membership anniversaries at 25, 50, and 75 years of membership.

The plaque reads, "The American Hospital Association recognizes Euclid Hospital, Euclid, Ohio, on the occasion of its seventy-fifth anniversary as a member (in) 2012. The Association honors this hospital for its leadership in advancing the health of its community."

Founded in 1898 and headquartered in Chicago, the AHA is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks and their patients and communities. Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 40,000 individual members come together to form the AHA.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 9:36 AM, 03.19.2013

Euclid Hospital's Department of Nursing Receives Pathway to Excellence

Euclid Hospital recently received the Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Euclid is now the fourth hospital in the state of Ohio to receive the distinction, joining Lakewood, South Pointe and Marymount hospitals. 

“Our Euclid Hospital caregivers realize what a great job our nurses do every day, but receiving the Pathway to Excellence designation truly validates what an incredible team we have,” says Dawn Bailey, BSN, MAOM, RN, Chief Nursing Officer for Euclid Hospital. “Our nurses have such amazing talent and care so deeply about our patients and our organization.”  

Euclid Hospital earned the Pathway to Excellence honor after successfully undergoing a thorough review process that documented foundational quality initiatives in creating a positive work environment where nurses excel.  The American Nurses Credentialing Center is the world’s largest nurse credentialing organization and is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 9:36 AM, 03.19.2013

Euclid residents invited to tour David Simpson Hospice House on Tuesday, March 19

The public is invited to tour the house and grounds at David Simpson Hospice House, located at 300 E. 185th Street on the Lake Erie waterfront, on Tuesday, March 19, 10 to 11 a.m., during a free Community Open House sponsored by Hospice of the Western Reserve. Refreshments will be provided. Reservations can be made by visiting the hospice’s Website at http://www.hospicewr.org/david-simpson-hospice-house-community-open-house.

“Hospice of the Western Reserve is part of the fabric of the community, so we encourage Cleveland residents and those in the surrounding East Side communities to bring their friends and stop in during one of our open house events,” said Bill Finn, chief executive officer.  “It’s a great way to see first-hand the unique range of services we offer as a non-profit agency with 35 years of history in Northern Ohio,” Finn said.

The 42-bed David Simpson Hospice House provides a peaceful, home-like, therapeutic hospice environment for patients and their loved ones. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, families may walk the beautifully landscaped grounds and winding Vista Walk — a living tribute paved with engraved bricks and lined with gardens.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 9:41 AM, 03.19.2013

Collinwood residents invited to participate in Sept. 9 Zoo Walk

Residents of the Collinwood community are invited to participate in Hospice of the Western Reserve's first annual Walk to Remember at Cleveland MetroParks Zoo on Sunday, Sept. 9, 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Sponsored by FirstMerit Bank, Advance registration is required at www.hospicewr.org/walk.    

Walkers need not have a family member in hospice care to participate. Each walker is asked to raise a minimum of $25 from sponsors payable the day of the walk. (Simply ask 5 friends to each contribute $5.) Registration includes all-day admission to the Zoo and the Rainforest, a complimentary pancake breakfast, entertainment, prizes, goody bags and more.

"We will be walking to honor the memory of our loved ones while supporting the special services we offer that are not fully funded by Medicare or insurance, such as pediatric care, crisis intervention and bereavement counseling in schools, the granting of wishes for seriously ill patients and providing music, art and massage therapy to our patients and their caregivers," said Shawna Hofstetter, walk coordinator.  The agency’s headquarters is located at 17876 St. Clair and it also owns and operates David Simpson Hospice House, a residential hospice care facility, on Cleveland's lakefront at E. 185th Street.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 10:14 AM, 09.16.2012

Kim Wren, our heart of hospitality at the Rec Center

Kim Wren’s noon water aerobics class (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) at the Collinwood Recreation Center has a spot for everyone.  Just show up about 11:45, with your swimming gear plus a pair of socks to wear in the pool (the bottom is rough) or water shoes, and a lock for your locker. Tell those in the locker room it’s your first time and you will be welcomed.  

It is the best. There are mostly women, a couple of pleasant fellows, and Kim our fitness/surgery recovery guide. People socialize. Locker rooms promote meeting and greeting each other. It’s not easy to remember everyone’s names, but no matter how many times you ask a person’s name, they gladly provide it. It is the nicest bunch of people you would ever want to meet. 

Kim Wren started her "get fit" program in the Fall. Her niece AJ and their church friend Sug joined in and shortly, so did I. Kim’s program is a very good workout and much more social than swimming up and down. The numbers grew. People committed to doing their best in the workouts and invited their co workers and friends. A community gathering of loving friends developed.
 

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 1:54 PM, 07.14.2012

Shenese Wilson: Sweet Sergeant Sweat

At the Collinwood Rec Center on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday come and experience one reason our Rec Center is full of people exerting themselves, smiling and occasionally whooping or laughing out loud. 

Shenese Wilson is perfect for us. Her extensive experience with health and wellness programs in the military gives us confidence that the hydration and diet advice she offers is the latest information. We are a large, diverse community of people with goals and aspirations to improve our health. She comes early for her 7:30 fitness for seniors class. She stays late after her step aerobics class, discussing personal progress toward a goal, setbacks and solutions, and of course celebrating every incremental step achieved toward a major goal. Shenese is interested and involved with her class participants. She remembers names and greets us individually. 

She is one of the dedicated crew of volunteers at the Rec Center. We are so grateful to receive the benefit of these “hearts of hospitality.”  They make getting and staying in shape a fun, free, happy, event. 

Shenese’s senior fitness class at 7:30 am has lots of room. The routine is extensive, performed seated on chairs, and lasts approximately 45 minutes. It gets your circulation going!

Shenese’s 10:00 am step aerobics class is often filled to its capacity of 40. Get there early! She takes us through a series of step routines that she makes look easy. For the fumble-footed, she notices and praises those who keep moving even without achieving the “new” or “complicated” step. The goal is a cardiovascular work out. We stretch and bend in ways that can cause unused muscles to make their presence known. 

Shenese serves us just because she can. The participants and staff thank Shenese from the bottom of our hearts for giving so freely of herself. 

Deborah Howitt has lived in Collinwood for 20 years - with 7 years out as an international science teacher. She is happy to be back here and looking for a way to make a difference in the quality of life here. 

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 12:46 PM, 04.03.2012

SilverSneakers Fitness Class offered by Lakeshore Golden Age Centers

The Lakeshore Golden Age Center is pleased to partner with the SilverSneakers Fitness Program to offer a Basic Range of Motion class, beginning on Thursday, March 1st at the Lakeshore Golden Age Center, 16600 Lakeshore Avenue, Cleveland.

Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., this class can be done standing or in a chair. Using weights, balls and fitness bands all to upbeat music, the class is tailored to all ability levels and taught by an upbeat and expert instructor.    Class time is approximately 45 minutes and builds flexibility, motion and provides strength.

Many supplemental insurances offer SilverSneakers Fitness Programs as a benefit. SilverSneakers Fitness Members and those who think they may be eligible are encouraged to attend. Upon registering, SilverSneakers members should bring their SilverSneakers card. All participants should bring water, wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Call the Golden Age Centers, 216-481-0631 for more information or visit www.silversneakers.com.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 8:23 AM, 03.03.2012

Flu Vaccination Clinics

Euclid Hospital
18901 Lakeshore Blvd., Euclid
  Saturday, Oct. 22
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  Willoughby Hills Family Health Center
2570 SOM Center Road, Willoughby Hills
   Sunday, Oct. 2
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
   Sunday, Oct. 16
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   Seasonal Flu Vaccinations
Vaccinations are available for adult and pediatric patients. Location, time, appointments and fees may vary by location. Cash only (no checks). Medicare and some insurance plans are accepted.   Signs and Symptoms of Seasonal Flu
• Moderate-to-high fever (starting at 100–100.5 °F)
• Cough
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Sore throat
• Body aches
• Headache
• Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea (usually more common in children)
  For most people, the illness can last a week or longer. In some people, however, influenza can lead to life-threatening conditions.
   How can I stay healthy?
• Cover your cough/sneeze
• Wash your hands often
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth after coughing or sneezing
• If you’re sick, stay home
• Get vaccinated against the flu. The vaccine is safe, even for pregnant women. You cannot get influenza from the flu shot This information is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider.
  Please consult your healthcare provider for advice about a specific medical condition.  
 

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 10:05 PM, 10.05.2011

Euclid Hospital Participates in Disaster Drill, and Healthwise Lunch and Learn

Euclid Hospital Participates in Disaster Drill 

Euclid Hospital was among many hospitals and medical centers across Northeast Ohio to participate in a five-county wide Emergency Management Drill on July 13. 

The purpose of the drill was to test the hospital's ability to respond to an external disaster using its Emergency Operations Plan. During the exercise, Euclid Hospital was responsible for responding to and managing a surge of patients requiring mass decontamination following a chemical exposure. The Incident Command Center at Euclid was activated to coordinate emergency response efforts while continuing normal operations within the hospital. Euclid's Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT) team deployed a mass decontamination unit and performed actual decontamination on actors role playing as patients.

Drills are performed regularly to ensure the safety of patients, visitors and employees in case of a potential disaster. 

Euclid Hospital presents a Healthwise Connection “Lunch and Learn” 

More than 120 people attended a free lunch and learn session about colon cancer prevention on August 4, 2011 at the Willowick Senior Center. Sponsored by Euclid Hospital and Healthwise Connection, Gastroenterologist Michael Kirsch, M.D., presented important information on colon cancer, special risk factors, and screening options. A free lunch was provided by Parma Care/The Avenue Rehabilitation and Care Centers.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:46 PM, 09.15.2011

2010 Cleveland Water Quality Report Now Available

The Cleveland Division of Water (CWD) is committed to providing our customers with a first-class product – fresh drinking water. This commitment is our pledge as members of the Partnership for Safe Water program. The Partnership is a voluntary cooperative effort between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), drinking water professional organizations and 200 drinking water utilities across the country. Utilities which join the Partnership agree to adopt performance standards where drinking water regulations do not exist to optimize treatment and protect the water supply against microbiological contamination.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 4:54 PM, 07.09.2011

Euclid Hospital hosts annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

Euclid Hospital hosted their annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on May 19, at Tizzano's Party Center to thank volunteers for all of their hard work serving the hospital's patients, visitors and staff. In these days of high technology, shorter patient stays, and rising healthcare costs, volunteers are crucial to the hospital’s long-term success. They offer patients an added human touch that’s so important in the healing process. In 2010, volunteers donated over 27,000 hours of service to Euclid Hospital. Special pins were awarded to volunteers for service milestones at the luncheon.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 9:05 AM, 06.05.2011

National Nursing Home Week

When you hear the words "nursing home" what thoughts come to mind? For most people, unpleasant thoughts are associated with those words. This is a large misconception based upon a lack of community education. With more rules and regulations centered on quality care, nursing homes are becoming a wonderful place to call home. Here at ManorCare Euclid Beach we would like to become your expert on Nursing and Rehab Facilities in the local community. 

Every year during the month of May, nursing homes across the country celebrate National Nursing Home Week in hopes of bringing a renewed awareness to today’s society. 

No longer are there stories of Long Term Care Institutions where our elderly go to wait out the end of life. Today’s Nursing and Rehabilitation facilities are places where both young and old go to rehabilitate after surgery as well as continue an active and social lifestyle.

Aside from being a proven leader in health care, providing outstanding rehabilitation services, and only the highest quality nursing care, ManorCare Euclid Beach's focus is on LIVING. Our residents participate in community service projects such as; The Annual Salvation Army Adopt-A-Veteran Program, growing vegetables at the Corsica Community Garden and raising money to help provide hats and mittens to needy children in our local community.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 12:18 PM, 05.04.2011

Drug Take-Back Day, April 30th, 10am til 2pm-- Drop-off site at Euclid Hospital

On Saturday, April 30, from 10-2, the Euclid Hospital Medical Building is collecting unused or expired medications and drugs...drive behind the hospital, past the emergency department, and without getting out of your car hand the meds to an officer...be sure to remove any prescription labels that may be on the medication.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic and other local law enforcement agencies, is sponsoring a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, April 30, to enable the public to safely dispose of unused or expired medications and narcotics with no questions asked.

Drive through drop-off sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Medina Hospital, 1000 E. Washington Street, Medina
  • South Pointe Hospital, 20000 Harvard Rd, Warrensville Heights
  • Euclid Hospital, 18901 Lakeshore Boulevard, Euclid
  • Solon Family Health Center, 29800 Bainbridge Road, Solon
  • Chagrin Falls Family Health Center, 551 East Washington Street, Chagrin Falls

Please remove all prescription labels before arriving. Prescription bottles with labels will be shredded. Inhalers will also be collected, but please no mercury thermometers or aerosol cans. All medications will be collected and held only by law enforcement officers until they are disposed of safely.

Important Facts About Medication Abuse

Nationally, teenage prescription drug abuse is rapidly increasing and your family’s medicine cabinet could become a teenager’s best supplier.

Everyday, 2,500 teenagers use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:56 PM, 04.04.2011

Another year

At the end of the year how many times did you hear, “Wow, this year went by fast?”  Hopefully we can reflect on the previous year and feel positive. Some of us will reflect on the previous year and feel not so satisfied.  If the previous year was great, let’s celebrate and multiply the good. However, if it was not so great, you can do something about it and now is the perfect time to do it.

Now is the time plan and orchestrate the next months of our lives. "I don’t have the money,"  "I don’t have time," or "I’ll do it when this or that happens," are excuses.  We can do something even if that something is very small. Want to learn tennis? Buy a used racquet, go the library and get some books or DVDs on tennis. Throw on a pair of shorts and go to the court and hit some balls, someone is bound to give you pointers, free of charge. If we take one step the universe will help us take the next step. But if we will not even take a step at all, what can we expect?  

Before you know it we will be at the end of another year.    

Even a long life is short. Do you want to be at the end of the year or the end of your life, still talking about what you are going to do?   

Appreciate life. The motivator Les Brown says you may as well have a good time in life, because you can’t get out alive. Start taking steps now, to make it happen now. Write it down where you will see it every day, get a buddy. If you want to get really motivated, write your obituary. It is not intended to be morbid, but to get you to realize that you are not going to live forever.

You are the author of your life. How will the next chapters read?

Desiree James is a licensed therapist located in Euclid, who is interested in promoting the emotional well-being of all individuals.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 1:08 PM, 03.08.2011

Hospice of the Western Reserve announces new CEO

Hospice of the Western Reserve has announced a transition in executive leadership, culminating a two-year executive succession process. Chief Executive Officer David Simpson is relinquishing his day-to-day management responsibilities and will focus on certain strategic growth initiatives as CEO Emeritus. Succeeding Simpson as CEO is William E. Finn, who most recently served as the President & CEO of The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Buffalo, New York. Finn and Simpson have been colleagues in many areas at the national level for 20 years working on various hospice policy and program initiatives.

Simpson, who has served as CEO since 1985, helped lead the expansion of Hospice of the Western Reserve's six county service area in Northeast Ohio where it operates from twelve community sites. It currently provides care for as many as 1,600 patients daily through hospice, palliative and continuity of care programs.

"Throughout his tenure at Hospice of the Western Reserve, David's strong leadership and strategic vision have driven the organization's mission of providing the highest level of compassionate care to patients, families and caregivers throughout Northeast Ohio," stated Richard Whitney, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "His thoughtful, eloquent approach to end-of-life care has established the agency as a national leader in end-of-life care. Through the strong foundation he has built, we can continue to grow and flourish in helping those in need. Bill Finn himself has more than two decades of experience in executive leadership, and was instrumental in growing Hospice Buffalo into a national leader in hospice care, and the Board is extremely confident that he has the vision to lead Hospice of the Western Reserve in the very exciting period ahead."

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 1:06 PM, 03.08.2011

Clear your mind

We are in the mist of the holiday season. The endless store commercials, Christmas songs, parades, and all the fuss.

After all the hustle and bustle, right before the New Year begins, we begin to think about clearing clutter and cleaning our homes. The superstition goes, if you go into the New Year with an unclean house and clutter that is how the rest of the year will be.

Did you ever think that our minds might be the same way? If you go into the New Year with an unclean mind and clutter in our minds, that's how the rest of the year will be. Just as we clean and clear our homes this time of the year, we need to also clear and clean our minds.

What is mind clutter? Mind clutter is useless, worn out thought patterns, habits, unproductive ideas, people, and relationships. How many of us start year after year letting the same old people and stuff take up space in our heads?

We seem to hold on to bad relationships, unresolved issues from our childhood, drug addiction that imprisons, and painful events. Sadly, some of us will go to our graves with this garbage; still angry, blaming someone for something that happened last month, last decade, or even last century.

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 2:51 PM, 12.05.2010

Weighing in on Obesity Part 2, Falling Down

"Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall!"

Remember that fairytale? Grimm Brothers were probably not thinking in terms of weight as more in terms of prosperity.

This past month I had a fall. Literally and figuratively. While biking to work one day, I fell off my bike. No major damage, just a little sore. When I did get to work, the boys (Toto and Joe) both remarked that if I had not been working out so much I may not have gotten up so quickly. More positive reasons for more healthier living. Eventually I had to go home so getting back on the bike was a must.

The main thing is that I got up and dusted myself off and continued. How many times have I stopped because of fear of failing or falling?

Since my workout regimen started almost a year ago, I developed bunions, boils, blisters, callouses, bruises, brainstorms, and pinched nerves. Not one of these conditions has stopped me; it may have set me back a little, but never ever stopped my quest to be and stay healthy, and active.

"All the Kings Horses and all the King's men, couldn't put Humpty together again."

I always wondered if the Grimm brothers had lived today, would they be able to write that part of the verse?

Not! You have this ability to put yourself back together again, I did; it is a struggle and it is not going to happen over night. But when you give yourself the time, (and you are worth that) and put in the effort, amazing changes can start to happen.

My time started with a visit to my local gym, where I met Mike Karban, my personal fitness guru. He owns and operates Totally Toned at Miller's Gym. I started off with weight training 3 days a week for one hour, after a few weeks we started to add cardio. Add to that all the dog walks and riding my bike to and from work and still putting in close to 55 hours of work a week, and to date, I have taken off 100 pounds.

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 10:50 PM, 07.11.2010