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Bone Density and the Silent Disease

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By Emma Higley, Grace Cottage Diagnostic Imaging Manager

Has someone you love ever bumped themselves lightly or had a simple stumble that caused a bone fracture? If so, this may be an indication that they have a bone disease called Osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is the most prevalent bone disease, one in which the bone mineral density and the stability of the bone are reduced, making the bone porous. Osteoporosis is commonly referred to as the “silent disease” because this process often occurs over time with few or no symptoms, and so the patient doesn’t know it is happening. The most common areas for a patient to acquire fractures due to Osteoporosis are the lower back, hip and wrist.

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Grace Cottage Hospital Receives Top 20 National Award

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Grace Cottage Hospital recently received national recognition as a “Top 20 Critical Access Hospital (CAH) for Best Practice – Patient Satisfaction.”

Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Eaton represented Grace Cottage at the awards ceremony Sept. 28 during the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) CAH Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Grace Cottage was chosen for this exclusive “Top 20” list out of all 1,339 CAH facilities throughout the U.S. It is the only CAH in the Northeast to receive this designation.

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Veggie Van Go transporting healthier options

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By Chris Mays cmays@reformer.com
Photo by Kristopher Radder

TOWNSHEND — Morty Fink, of Jamaica, goes to Veggie Van Go every month.

“You never know what’s going to come out of that truck,” he said, standing in line waiting for fresh produce provided at Grace Cottage Hospital via the Vermont Food Bank.

Fink can usually pick up onions, tomatoes and potatoes there.

“Every once in a while, we get yogurt,” he said. “But not all the time.”

He called the offerings “good and wholesome stuff.”

“The stuff you get in the grocery store is questionable,” he said.

Jacki Brown, marketing administrator at Grace Cottage Hospital, said her group started a relationship with the food bank in October 2015. 

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How’s Your Healthcare Vocabulary?

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By Claire Bemis, RN, Grace Cottage Care Coordinator

Have you ever heard your healthcare provider use a word you don’t understand? Most of us have. Like other specialized fields, medical professionals use a lot of jargon to communicate with each other. They all understand these words, and sometimes they forget these terms are not familiar to the general public.

How is your healthcare vocabulary? I get lots of questions about the following terms. See if you can define them yourself, and if not, look to the end of this column for the answers.

Advance Care Directive versus Living Will
Care Coordination
Contusion versus Abrasion
Critical Access Hospital
Hypertension
Mid-level provider
Patient-Centered Medical Home
Primary care
Swing Bed
Thrombosis
Ultrasound versus MRI versus CT Scan

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Healthy Aging Conference slated for November

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Seniors, do you have questions about aging? Grace Cottage’s Healthy Aging Conference is a great place to get answers. Presented by Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital staff members and other professionals, this conference will help you take charge of your health, your vitality, your financial security, and perhaps even your longevity. The conference will […]

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Creativity Offers Profound Benefits as We Age

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By Caroline Chase, Grace Cottage Behavioral Health Specialist

Throughout my life, I remember hearing members of the “older generation” saying “aging is not for sissies.” As a child, this never “struck a chord,” probably because I had a hard time coming to the realization that someday I, too, would reach, what seemed at the time, the dreaded “older generation.” Yet, here I am now, heading into the final chapters of my life, much more aware of the rewards and liabilities of aging.

I am now able to observe, both in myself and in the elderly population with whom I work as a psychotherapist, the attributes and qualities that contribute to healthy aging. While aging can bring with it the emotional freedom of being able to sort out one’s priorities, and hopefully, learning not to “sweat the small stuff,” aging can also bring with it complex and painful emotions that are often not recognized by society.

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Healthcare Matters: Ep 3 – Women’s Health Screenings

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Marty Cohn hosts episode three of Grace Cottage Hospital’s Healthcare Matters, discussing women’s health screening for breast and cervical cancer, as well as osteoporosis, with guests Dr. Ewa Arnold, a primary care provider at Grace Cottage Family Health and Emma Higley, Diagnostic Imaging Manager at Grace Cottage Hospital.

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A Successful School Day Begins the Night Before

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By Holly Meyer, Grace Cottage Family Health RN

The lazy days of summer are behind us, and it’s back-to-school time.

After a long summer break, setting our kids up for a successful school day can be quite a production. Just like any production, it is important to set the stage in order to achieve a great performance. I think we can all agree that a great school day starts with a great night before. Here are a few tips to help your child to be a class act at school.

Encourage physical activity. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), children who exercise regularly have better attention spans and less behavioral problems. Go outside with your kids in the afternoon before dinner. Go for a hike, take a bike ride, or play tag. Just 30 minutes a day of physical activity on school days, or 150 minutes per week, is all it takes!

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Fall Wellness Classes at Grace Cottage

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Making time to exercise and participate in healthy activities is vitally important to your health! Benefits may include improved muscle tone, better balance, increased confidence, reduced stress, better sleep, more energy, emotional relief, and a happier YOU! Grace Cottage’s Community Wellness Center offers a variety of opportunities. If you are unsure about what class is […]

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