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The ABCs of healthy aging


Back in your school days you learned to use the alphabet as the building blocks for words, but do you know the building blocks of healthy aging? Your education isn’t complete until you’ve reviewed the ABCs of aging well—in both mind and body!

  • A: Fight anemia
    While not caused by aging per se, anemia is a common condition in older adults and is often the result of more than one issue, such as poor diet, medications or hormone imbalances. If you’re experiencing symptoms of anemia—fatigue, feeling cold, paleness, weakness—talk to your clinician.
  • B: Break routine
    Make small changes in your daily routine to increase brain stimulation. Something as simple as taking a different route on a daily walk or trying something new for breakfast can be enough spark to keep your mind fresh instead of foggy.
  • C: Cultivate your relationships
    Staying connected with people is an important aspect of mental health. Maintain communication with your family and friends, especially after a significant loss or life change.
  • D: Dine with others
    Plan meals with friends and family several times a week. Studies show that those who share meals with others eat less than those who eat alone, decreasing your risk of overeating, and keeping your weight in check.
  • E: Eat healthy foods
    Did you know that a high percentage of adults in the U.S. consume more than double the recommended intake of sodium? Too much sodium can lead to hypertension and cardiovascular disease, so skip the extra salt and focus on nutrient-dense food like fruits, vegetables and whole-grains.
  • F: Fight fatigue
    If you’re feeling tired during the day more often, having a glass of water and a high-antioxidant food, like prunes or blueberries, can revitalize the body and stimulate the mind. Continue Reading »

Volunteer opportunities at Mercy Medical Center

Volunteer Spotlight Jim & Prince 6-9-15Are you looking for ways to get involved in your community?

Good news – Mercy Medical Center has volunteer openings! Volunteers at Mercy enjoy directing visitors, transporting patients, running errands, and many other tasks including providing patients’ socialization rehab through animal therapy.

Two volunteers at Mercy Medical Center have been making a difference in patient rehab for the past five years. Jim Papenfuss is a pet therapy volunteer with his therapy dog, Prince, a four-year-old goldendoodle. Jim and Prince take pride in visiting patients, visitors and staff all around the hospital, including the behavioral health unit, intensive care waiting room, rehab unit and the cancer center.

Jim has been involved with pet therapy for the past 17 years. He and Prince enjoy interacting with others and cheering up those in need. Prince, also known as ‘Jim’s big ball of cotton candy,’ loves working with everyone at the hospital, exhibiting kindness and love.

Mercy Medical Center is fortunate enough to have this dynamic duo that are always bringing smiles and joy to everyone around them.

Volunteer Spotlight Jim+ prince 6-9-15

If you are interested in joining the volunteer team at Mercy, please visit our website http://www.affinityhealth.org/volunteer to apply online or contact Mercy Medical Center Volunteer Services at (920) 223-0225.

For those specifically interested in pet therapy, after applying online your dog must meet the standards set by Therapy Dog Inc., which includes being a friendly, well-behaved dog of at least one year of age. For more information on testing and qualifications, please contact therapydogsinc@qwestoffice.net.

Volunteer recruitment: how you can get involved

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Are you interested in volunteering or looking for a way to get more involved in your community?

Mercy Medical Center has openings at the Information, Oakwood and Reception desks. The volunteers at Oakwood enjoy helping visitors find their way. The reception desk volunteers are kept busy with computer entry and escorting patients to various service areas.

Mercy Medical Center Patient Care Unit volunteer opportunities
Each unit has a variety of benefits and responsibilities. Each volunteer has unique skills and abilities. Let us help you find the right fit for your volunteer assignment. Unit volunteers help on Behavioral Health, Birthplace, Patient Care Units 1 & 2, and Sub Acute/Rehab.

MMC Volunteers
The Mercy Medical Center Volunteersis a not-for-profit organization of volunteers who are dedicated to fundraising to benefit hospital and community health care programs.  The Volunteers raise funds through the gift shop and other fundraiser sales such as; jewelry, book, uniform, candy, flowers, bake sales and a fall craft fair.

For more information on these opportunities, please contact Mercy Medical Center Volunteer Services at 223-0225 or apply online at affinityhealth.org/volunteer.


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