Mind & Spirit

Gentle and Peaceful Activity Reduces Agitation, Increases Quality of Life

By Carrie Esselman, Therapeutic Recreational Specialist, Valley VNA

Namaste is a Hindu word that expresses, “to honor the spirit within.” It’s the perfect name for a meaningful and peaceful practice of accompanying elderly people through the final stages of dementia,…

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by Tammy Malewski | May 30, 2017

When You Help Move Mom or Dad into Assisted Living

By Theresa Pichelmeyer, Valley VNA President & CEO


We often feel guilty in the process of planning and moving our aging parents(s) into an assisted living community. Family and societal pressures have wrongly characterized these moves as “abandonment” or “disloyalty”…

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A Message of Love and Empathy for Caregivers
By Candice Freese, Valley VNA Wellness Coordinator

February is well known in the medical community as Heart Month, a time when people are reminded to think about their cardiovascular health and how to improve it. It seems crazy, right? That we…

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by Tammy Malewski | February 17, 2017

By Tammy Malewski, Marketing and Fund Development Director, Valley VNA

Seniors are the fastest growing internet and social media users today. They typically use it to reconnect with people from their past, bridge generational gaps, and find online support for people living with chronic diseases. Their children, grandchildren, and…

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by Tammy Malewski | September 15, 2016

By Colleen Harvot, Director of In-Home Care, Valley VNA

Researchers have proven caring for a spouse between ages 66 and 96 can increase a caregiver’s risk of death by 63 percent compared to people the same age who are not caregivers.¹ You are not imagining things when you…

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by Tammy Malewski | August 19, 2016

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