Community health talks return to Northern Dutchess Hospital this fall

Posted: 9/1/2015

This month, Northern Dutchess Hospital’s Wellness Series returns with a presentation on meditation, followed by discussions on hospice care, nutrition, art therapy, migraines and health insurance.

These typically hour-long programs are held in hospital’s cafeteria conference room, 6511 Springbrook Ave., except for one talk on good posture to prevent pain at the hospital’s physical therapy Hyde Park satellite office, 11 Crum Elbow Road.

The fall talks include a mini-series presented by the hospital’s Center for Healthy Aging designed for people age 65 and up. New this series, the center will sponsor a full-day workshop on end-of-life doula training with Suzanne B. O’Brien, a former oncology nurse and hospice volunteer. All ages are welcome.

Another highlight will be a screening of the food documentary “Fed Up” followed by a discussion with nutrition counselor and diabetes prevention coach Roufia Payman. Healthy refreshments will be served.

Due to space limitations, preregistration is required. To register online visit or call 845-871-1720 ext. 1. (TTY 1-800-421-1220)

Mind/Body Connection: The Brain Science Behind Meditation
2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25
Cafeteria Conference Room, Northern Dutchess Hospital 
Why does meditation work? In this Center for Healthy Aging lecture you will learn about the effect that meditation has on the brain and how this can lead to healing and general well-being. Speakers: clinical social workers John Nathan and Allison Gould.

Straighten Up! How to Prevent Back and Joint Pain
9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 17
Northern Dutchess Hospital Physical Medicine of Hyde Park, 11 Crum Elbow Road
If you frequently garden, lift objects or work at a computer, you may be at risk of a musculoskeletal disorder. Learn how ergonomics, or proper posture and body mechanics, applied in the home or workplace, can prevent common aches and pains, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and back problems. Speaker: Sarah Beck, Northern Dutchess Hospital physical therapist.

Hospice Care: What, Why and When
2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19
Cafeteria Conference Room, Northern Dutchess Hospital
Hospice care can have a positive impact on the lives of people with terminal illnesses and their families. However, its services are largely underutilized. In this Center for Healthy Aging talk, you will learn the “what, where, why, when and how” of hospice care in the Hudson Valley. Speaker: Dr. James Scaduto, NDH hospitalist and Hudson Valley Hospice’s chief medical director.

Fed Up About Food: Film Screening and Q&A
5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20&
Cafeteria Conference Room, Northern Dutchess Hospital
Come watch the award-winning documentary “Fed Up” and hear from nutritionist Roufia Payman as she leads a discussion on the modern-day food industry and what ingredients could be lurking in your dinner. Healthy snacks served. Speaker Roufia Payman, Northern Dutchess Hospital nutritionist

End-of-Life Doula Training
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27
Cafeteria Conference Room, Northern Dutchess Hospital
When someone is dying, they want to feel comfortable, pain-free and dignified. As an end-of-life doula, you can help them meet those final wishes. Former oncology nurse and hospice volunteer Suzanne B. O’Brien will guide you through the final months of life and teach the skills needed to accompany a person on the end of their life’s journey. Anyone can attend. Cost $15. Fee waivers are available. Speaker: Suzanne B. O’Brien, end-of-life educator

Health Plan Help: How to Buy Insurance from New York State
5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3
Cafeteria Conference Room, Northern Dutchess Hospital 
If you plan to shop for health insurance from NY State of Health, the state-sponsored marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, this talk will provide guidance on enrollment, changes to this year’s eligibility and answers to questions you may have. This is for people under age 65. It does not cover Medicare. Speaker: Maternal Infant Services Network insurance counselor

Art & Alzheimer’s: A Pathway to Connection for Patients and Caregivers
2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16
Cafeteria Conference Room, Northern Dutchess Hospital
Hear from two creative individuals who have brought visual arts programs to people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, using the arts as a pathway to connection. Speakers: ElderSparks creator Alan Goldsmith with registered nurse and art docent Marion Power

More on Migraines: When to Worry, What to Do
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17
Cafeteria Conference Room, Northern Dutchess Hospital
Got head pain? Migraines are one of the most common complaints in medicine today. Learn when a headache is a migraine, what causes one and tips for coping.
Speaker: Dr. Yul Rapoport, Kingston Neurology

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