Items tagged with Healthcare

Author Jill Johnson on Barclay Fryery and “Cancer Looks Good on You”

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Cancer Looks Good On You was Barclay Fryery’s final project, a collaboration with his friend and author Jill Johnson. The book—part memoir, part cancer survival guide—is a guide to facing the end with style.
Through readings from the book, video clips, and audio recordings from the over nine hours of interviews conducted for the book, Jill Johnson will discuss the creation of this unique memoir and legacy of its one-of-a-kind subject.

Barclay Fryery is a renowned interior designer, TV personality, writer and lifestyle coach. His work has been featured in Elle Decor and House Beautiful; on House Wars, the Style Network, and A&E; and his "Ask Barclay" column appeared in the Greenwich Post for 10 years. Over the last two years of his life, Barclay has blogged about his cancer journey on Facebook and spread his philosophy of facing illness with grace and style.

Jill Johnson is a freelance writer, founder of Modelingmentor.com/blog, and former editor-in-chief of Tear Sheet magazine, which she launched during her decade-long career as a fashion model. She has interviewed fashion icons (Lauren Hutton, Patrick Demarchelier, Heidi Klum, John Sahag, among many others), TV journalists (Lara Spencer, Scott Pelley) and Broadway's best. She has covered all things catwalk and heavier topics, including infertility, eating disorders, autism, and education reform. Jill lives in Connecticut with her husband and four children, in a messy house by the beach.
 

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Medicare Updates

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Sharon Gesek, Program Director for the Southwestern CT Agency on Aging, gives an update on Medicare. With more than 4,500 people signing up for Medicare daily, protecting personal information is not only daunting, it’s critical. Beginning April 2018, Medicare is initiating a project that will remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards effort to decrease identity theft. Learn the how, why and when this will all take place. Gasek is a certified CHOICES Counselor, and has worked in the field of aging for more than 20 years. 

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Concussions: Use of Neuroimaging of the Brain for Assessment and Treatment

March 30, 2017
Anthony Silver

Anthony Silver, MS, MA, LMFT, BCIA-EEG, director of Gray Matters, spoke about concussions, the use of functional brain imaging in evaluation and neurofeedback for treatment on March 30, 2017 at the Westport Library. 

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College Students and Mental Health: From MTV to GPAs and STDs

October 6, 2016
Ray Kotwicki, MD, MPH

Psychiatrist Ray Kotwicki, MD, MPH, chief medial officer at Skyland Trial treatment facility, addressed challenges faced by students during college on October 6, 2016.

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Concussions: Use of Neuroimaging of the Brain for Assessment and Treatment

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Anthony Silver, MS, MA, LMFT, BCIA-EEG, Director of Gray Matters, speaks about concussions, the use of functional brain imaging in evaluation and neurofeedback for treatment. Neuroimaging makes concussion, the “invisible injury,” both visible and measurable. This technique is also used to modify patterns of activity to reduce or eliminate symptoms. Accurate tracking of concussion based on the measurement of brain activity, rather than by inference, allows for truly informed decisions. Brain imaging shows that signs of concussion frequently remain long after symptoms resolve, leaving the brain vulnerable to more significant injury. The concrete data produced by brain imaging allows decisions regarding return to play and return to be made with greater confidence, protecting athletes and their careers alike. Guide to Brain Injury

Anthony Silver holds advanced degrees in both Psychology and Marriage and Family therapy, and is both a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Board-Certified Neurofeedback Clinician. He has treated thousands of children and adults, many of whom became medication free in the process. He regularly consults and mentors in the field of neuroimaging, and is a guest lecturer at Fairfield University. He has been published in both clinical publications and the New York Times on multiple occasions, and has made many appearances on TV. He was recently contracted by the NFL to perform QEEGs as an ongoing program to screen both current and retired NFL players in the Northeast. His book, Making the Invisible Visible, is due to be published in 2017.
 

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Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine

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Local naturopathic physicians Mara Davidson, ND, and Andrew Cummins, ND, discuss treatment approaches including hydrotherapy, botanical medicine and foundation training.

Dr. Mara Davidson is a dual honors graduate of the University of Bridgeport from the College of Naturopathic Medicine as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine as well as the Nutrition Institute with a Master of Science in Human Nutrition. While in naturopathic school, Dr. Davidson also obtained her Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management from Davenport University.

Dr. Andrew Cummins specializes in chronic pain, chronic fatigue, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular health, diabetes, low back pain, and improved athletic performance. He developed the website ChronicFatiguePain.com to give hope and encouragement to individuals living with these conditions and to offer treatment options other than drugs and associated side effects and risk of addiction. He uses several modalities in practice including foundation training that is used in pain alleviation. He received the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the College of Professional Studies at National University of Health Sciences. 

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New Hospice Care Legislation

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Julia Portale, MBA, MPH, LMSW, of Fairfield County Hospice House and Lynda Tucker, RN, of Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County, will discuss changes in legislation in Connecticut for delivery of hospice care, considerations when making decisions about hospice and thoughts on the end-of-life transition.  

Julia Portale, MBA, MPH, LMSW is the Executive Director of Fairfield County Hospice House. She has experience with start-up companies and overseeing the growth and development of home care, hospice, adult day care and geriatric care management services. She supports older adults and their families as they make important decisions about their lives and lifestyles, including expanding options for people near the end of life.

Lynda Tucker, RN, has been a hospice nurse since 1981. At Hospice of Cincinnati, she helped create StarShine, the pediatric hospice program at Cincinnati Children’s hospital. After moving to Connecticut, Lynda has cared for adults on hospice and has advocated for a residential hospice house for those who are unable to stay at home. Lynda currently works at Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County and helps people and their families in the end-of-life experience.

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Medicare 101 and Beyond

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Lou Pelletier, a retirement and estate planner, discusses Medicare, which provides health insurance to all Americans over the age of 65. He'll cover the various options and programs that are available, as well as other relevant topics, such as the Medicare saving program, maximizing social  security, reverse mortgages and more.

Lou Pelletier is a retirement and estate planner who provides advice on Medicare, tax and investment strategies, securities, life and health insurance and pension plans. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut and is a Chartered Life Underwriter, a Registered Investment Advisor, a Certified Retirement Distribution Specialist and a Fellow of the Life Management Institute.
 

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Pancreatic Cancer: Ask the Experts

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Medical oncologist Dr. Richard Frank, interventional gastroenterologist Dr. Naveen Anand, surgeon Dr. Francis Cannizzo, Jr., dietician and oncology nutrition specialist Vicki Barber and genetics expert Susan Ingram from the Western Connecticut Health Network will address pancreatic cancer, from prevention to treatment.  November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Topics will include:

  • an innovative pancreatic research-stage screening study
  • the role of screening
  • diagnostic, surgical and medical treatments and advances
  • genetics and nutrition.

Co-sponsors are the Western Connecticut Health Network, Ron Foley Foundation and Verastem.

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Open Meeting: Nutrition Education Seminars

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Shelly Goldman, Healthy Living Program Director for the YMCA, discusses their four-month program to self-monitor blood pressure, increase physical activity, improve eating habits and learn through regular seminars. Seminars will address nutrition and are in the McManus Room on Mondays, August 22, September 19, October 17 and November 21 from noon-1 pm. These are free and open to the public.

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