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Seniors learn education is a key to good health

Published 3:30 pm, Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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  • Donna Prentice, an infection preventionist at New Milford Hospital, points out on her hand where germs may be as Ed Foss of Bridgewater participates in an activity that demonstrates the effects of poor hand hygiene. The two were on hand Oct. 5, 2012 at a party/health fair hosted by the nonprofit group Community Caring in Bridgewater, Inc. at Bridgewater Congregational Church. Photo: Deborah Rose
    Donna Prentice, an infection preventionist at New Milford Hospital, points out on her hand where germs may be as Ed Foss of Bridgewater participates in an activity that demonstrates the effects of poor hand hygiene. The two were on hand Oct. 5, 2012 at a party/health fair hosted by the nonprofit group Community Caring in Bridgewater, Inc. at Bridgewater Congregational Church. Photo: Deborah Rose

 

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When it comes to one's health, education is key.

That's why the nonprofit group Community Caring in Bridgewater Inc. recently hosted a party/health fair for residents at the Bridgewater Congregational Church.

About 60 residents 50 and older registered for the Oct. 5 event, which showcased services and resources available through and at New Milford Hospital and the New Milford Visiting Nurse Association.

Representatives from the hospital and the NMVNA were on hand to discuss nutrition, diabetes/heart, pulse oxygen levels, Lifeline, hand hygiene, Telehealth, fall prevention, sleep medicine, breast health, cardiac rehabilitation, Plow to Plate and other topics.

In addition, Kerry Gold, the hospital's dining services director, and his staff prepared an assortment of delicious food.

To add to the fun, upon registration, guests received card s with names of 14 different health stations. Residents who had visited at least eight of the stations were eligible to be entered into a drawing to win a prize.

CCB provides a referral system of services and support -- both general and emergency -- for the 400-plus households with at least one resident 50 or older in Bridgewater.

The organization is in addition to the services provided by the town; it is not affiliated with Bridgewater.

CCB's goal is to make it possible for seniors and families to stay in their homes independently while fully enjoying their life with access to care and resources necessary as they age.

CCB provides the following services free for Bridgewater residents: home energy assessment, shredding day, drug take-back day, home projects, preventative services, nursing referrals, education, medical assistance fund, emergency assistance fund and general emergency assistance.

Volunteers are always welcome, as are donations.

Tax-deductible donations may be made payable to Community Caring in Bridgewater Inc., PO Box 338, Bridgewater CT 06752.

For more information or to volunteer, call 860-350-2194, email info@ccbtoday.org or visit www.ccbtoday.org.

For more photos, check www.newmilfordspectrum.com.

-- Deborah Rose

Photography by Deborah Rose