All Posts Tagged: health

Join Us For The Walk To End Alzheimer’s: September 18th at Shelburne Museum!

Did you know that in the United States, someone develops Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds, and more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease? One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, and almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women.

If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia consider recruiting your friends and family & join us for the upcoming the Walk To End Alzheimer’s, taking place at Shelburne Museum on Sunday, September 18th. The Franklin County Rehab staff has put together a team to help raise awareness and fundraising dollars. Please consider joining our team!

Information on the Walk To End Alzheimer’s: 

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions!

When you participate in a Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s!

Interested in joining our team? See below for details. We hope to see you on the 18th!

*Please note the correction – This event is held at the Shelburne Museum, not Shelburne Farms as stated on the image below.

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Join Our Workshop on Effective Communication Strategies For People With Alzheimer’s: Thursday, September 1st!

We are pleased to announce that on Thursday, September 1st, Franklin County Rehab Center will be hosting an educational workshop, aimed at helping caregivers and family members work on effective communication strategies with people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

“Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed,” states the Alzheimer’s Association. 

This workshop will be lead by our Enrichment Director, Certified Dementia Care Practitioner, and Oasis (Person-Centered Care) Coach, Ann Hawksby. She is also on the facility’s very successful antipsychotic medication reduction team, that believes in trying to assist with behavioral issues, with non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as validation, redirection, small group programs, 1:1 programs, Music and Memory, and aroma therapy.

If you are someone or know someone that suffers from this debilitating disease, please join us. Let’s work together to #EndALZ!  

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Join Us For A Tea Party Kickoff Event: Advance Directive Competition

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We are participating in a friendly competition on Thursday, April 7th, with area providers to see who can get the highest percentage of staff to complete their Advance Directives during the month of April.

This tea party will be our kick-off event. Information will be provided regarding the importance of everyone having an advance directive in place. The paperwork will also be available to be completed. Please join us at 7:30am, 1:30pm or 3pm.

We need your help in order to win this challenge! Please see Marie Walton if you have any questions. You can contact Marie by email at: Or by phone, call (802) 752-1600.

Don’t forget, National Decision Day is 4/16/16.

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Lace Up & Go: National Walking Day is April 6th!

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Spring has finally sprung in Vermont! Don’t you just love the longer days and that warm sunshine? Although it was a mild winter, it still felt like Spring would never show up. But now that’s it’s here, doesn’t it just make you want to get up and enjoy the outdoors?

If you’re looking for a reason to be active next week, you’re in luck! On Wednesday, April 6th it’s National Walking Day sponsored by the American Heart Association. Since 2007, the AHA has held this event on the first Wednesday in April. The goal is to encourage Americans to get up and get moving on this day, and in turn, use that activity and incorporate it into part of a healthy lifestyle.

“These days, we’re spending more time at work and sitting in front of a screen than ever before. We’re becoming less active, which can increase our risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases. Take the first step to a healthier life by taking part in the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day. On the first Wednesday in April, we kick off a month-long celebration designed to help us all become more active. On the day of the event, participants are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk,” stated the American Heart Association.

Walking is a low-risk and easy to start activity. Regular brisk walking can help you with the following:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Improve your balance and coordination
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve circulation

So what’s not to like about walking? Walking is good for you and it’s an aerobic exercise. We hope you’ll join the movement and participate in the #AHALaceUp National Walking Day!

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Outdoor Activies

Outdoor Activities

At nice days at Franklin County Rehab, we like to take the residents outside to enjoy the gorgeous gardens and beautiful Vermont scenery. Today, we brought several residents out to stroll around our walking paths and enjoy the fresh flowers. Many even stopped to pick and smell our mint plants!

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