Parish Nursing at CCPC
Central College Presbyterian Church is blessed to have a Parish Nurse(PN) program in place with RN Amy Taylor on staff. The PN program provides healthcare information, activities and programs throughout the year. Volunteer RN's assist with regularly scheduled blood pressure screenings and more.
Health Happenings November/December 2018 - Resilient Aging
I recently attended a class on resilience and positive aging. One session was called Running with Scissors…obviously something we shouldn’t do. The point, though, wasn’t that many of us actually run around holding scissors, but instead that we need to look at our lifestyle choices and attitudes because they often are just as detrimental to our well-being.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention sites lifestyle, not age, as the biggest risk factor for premature disability! If you don’t enjoy exercise, then this isn’t good news, but knowing that you have some control over how you age is a huge plus.
Before we look at physical aspects of aging, we need to discuss our perceptions and attitudes about getting older. Most of us know someone who acts old even when they really aren’t. We live in a time of “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercials and advertising ideas that anyone who has graying hair needs Ensure and Depends. Subtle or not, we are led to believe that anyone of advanced years will be feeble and doomed to physical decline.
If you are of a generation that grew up with a lot of manual labor that you no longer had to do once you were more financially successful, you may consider that exercise is a negative behavior, rather that positive. You earned the right to be sedentary. Maybe exercise and sweating is “unladylike.” You may think that you are too old to exercise or afraid of bulking up. Our decisions to change are affected by how successful we think we will be.
Do we blame our loss of ability to remember where we put our keys on memory loss? Or do we realize that we are just like the 15 year old who forgets her soccer cleats even though she was reminded twice in an hour? Does anyone suggest a memory evaluation for her? Of course not, because all of us forget things occasionally no matter what age we are. Likewise, a pulled muscle in a 20 year old may sideline the person while they heal, but rarely do they stop the exercise or sport all together, but aging adults often decide they are just too old.
Pay attention to not only what you hear about negative aging stereotypes, but also what you say that echoes them. Our negative perceptions affect what we think we are able to accomplish.
We do naturally lose strength as we age; in fact on average we experience a loss of strength of 1-1 1/2% per year. That equals 30% by age 60, 45% by age 70, and 60% by age 80. BUT, wellness, strength, and vitality can all be improved. In 1994, a Tufts University researcher published a strength training study that demonstrated that increase in strength is possible at any age. 100 frail adults age 75-98, who had multiple chronic conditions, strength trained for 10 weeks. These frail adults increased their muscle strength by 113%. Improved strength=improved function and helped them increase their walking speed, ability to climb stairs, and a general increase in physical activity.
Increased strength to improve actions like getting up easily from a chair, climbing stairs, and walking independently are worthy goals. No matter what your age, consider this concept as a turning point. You have to decide whether to pull back more and continue losing strength, balance, and mobility; or draw a line in the sand and decide to regain strength. Perhaps some physical therapy would be helpful; maybe you start walking more and lifting small weights. Check with your doctor to get the okay, and then start moving and decide that you too will age well. For exercise and strengthening ideas, check the wall pockets in the Welcome Center.
I have joined a partnership program with Mount Carmel East. This program is studying the benefits of having a faith community nurse, like myself, do follow up with patients after they have been hospitalized to see it the phone calls have an effect on preventing readmissions. This only applies to those of you admitted to MCE, but if you are, and are asked to participate, it will mean a couple of calls from me, one within 72 hours of discharge and one at 30 days hospitalization.
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Please let us know if you would like pastoral care. Please be aware that unless we are notified, Central College Presbyterian Church may not know that you have been hospitalized. One of our members, a family member of the affected member, or a hospital employee who has been given permission (requested by the patient) to contact the church directly, may contact the church to let us know of your hospitalization. This is part of federal HIPAA regulations, but has been hospital policy for many years.
With your best care in mind. Amy Taylor, Parish Nurse (Contact Amy)