Roger and Sandy OConnor

Harmony Adult Day Health Center: Roger & Sandy

Roger O’Connor started coming to Harmony Adult Day Health Center in the spring of 2017. A brilliant man, Roger was a financial systems consultant during the era when computerized systems became necessary to manage large companies. In fact, Roger traveled the world for much of his career.

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Couch to 5K: Week 5

07-03-2019

Six Steps to Safety.

As with any training regimen, safety – along with your overall health – are of the utmost importance. With that in mind, we wanted to share a few safety tips to help you stay on course. 

1. Plan ahead. In addition to knowing where you’re headed, it’s also a good idea to tell someone else where you’re going.

2. Follow a path. If you’re running outdoors, try to run on the sidewalk if possible.  If not, run on the side of the road facing traffic. 

3. Stay alert. If you’re using earphones, earbuds, or headphones, consider using only one earbud; or, at the very least, keep the volume down so you remain alert and hear cars, other runners, or bicyclists who may approach you from behind.

4. Be visible. Wear bright-colored, or reflective clothing.

5. Identify. Carry an ID in case of emergency. One option we like is Road iD, which offers various options including badges, bands and straps, clasps, and faceplates.

6. Bring your phone. You can always use MapMyRun and it will come in handy in case of emergencies.

Now, for your run. This week, you’ll have three different runs.

Run #1 starts with a brisk 5 minute walk, then 5 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking, 5 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking, and finishes with 5 minutes of running. 

Run #2 starts with a brisk 5 minute walk, then 8 minutes of running, 5 minutes of walking, and 8 minutes of running. 

Finally, Run #3 starts with a brisk 5 minute walk, then 20 minutes of running, with no walking.

Enjoy your runs, and stay safe!

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Couch to 5K: Week 4

Right Size. Right Fit.

In a previous post we mentioned the need to be prepared. The same is true when it comes to your feet.

Are you experiencing problems with skin chafing or blisters? If so, you may want to consider the following:

•    If blisters on your feet are the problem, make sure your running shoes fit properly.  Shoes that are too tight or too loose can cause increased friction, which can lead to blisters. Consider wearing socks made of synthetic material, which can help wick moisture away from  your skin. 

•    A product such as Body Glide, when applied before a run to areas that are prone to chafing or blisters, can help reduce friction which can lead to skin irritation. 

Your feet will thank you!

Now, time for your three runs this week.

•    Begin with a brisk 5 minute walk, then 3 minutes of running, 1 ½ minutes of walking, 5 minutes of running, 2 ½ minutes of walking, 3 minutes of running, 1 ½ minutes of walking, and finish with 5 minutes of running.

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Couch to 5K: Week 3

07-01-2019

This is a continuation in our Couch to 5K series, leading up to Community VNA’s 17th annual 5K Run/Walk to Remember. As a reminder, registration is now open, and we welcome walkers of all abilities to participate. We hope to see you on Sunday, August 4, 2019 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

As the weather gets warmer, consider your running clothes. Synthetic fibers made for exercising in the heat can keep you cooler by evaporating sweat faster than cotton. Look for loose fitting, light colored clothing. 

Now for your runs!

For Week 3, start with a brisk 5 minute walk, followed by two repetitions of 1 ½ minutes of running, 1 ½ minutes of walking, 3 minutes of running, and 3 minutes of walking.

You’ve got this!

Runner Hydration

Couch to 5K: Be Prepared

06-07-2019

This is a continuation in our Couch to 5K series, leading up to Community VNA’s 17th annual 5K Run/Walk to Remember. As a reminder, registration is now open, and we welcome walkers of all abilities to participate. We hope to see you on Sunday, August 4, 2019 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Week 1 was all about being “On your mark.” And, “Getting set.”

Now, it’s really time to “Go!” But first, a question,…

How did the first week go?  It can be difficult beginning any training regimen. Remember to be patient. Our Couch to 5K is designed to help you ease into things.

For Week 2, we’d like to start by offering a few tips:

  • Remember to hydrate before and after your runs, especially as the weather gets warmer
  • Consider using sunscreen and wearing sunglasses and a hat.

Now for this week’s schedule:

  • Once again, you’ll do 3 runs in Week 2
  • For each, start with a brisk 5 minute walk, then alternate 1 ½ minutes of running with 2 minutes of walking, for a total of 20 minutes. 

Easy, right?

Good luck, and happy running!

Dr. Mark Young is a family medicine physician and member of the medical staff of Sturdy Memorial Associates of Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, Massachusetts, and Sturdy Memorial Associates, Plainville, Massachusetts.

Dr. Young received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, completed his family medicine training at the Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and is board certified in family medicine.

An avid runner and member of the local Wampanoag Running Club, Dr. Young has, for the past 16 years, taken a leadership role in organizing Community VNA’s annual 5K Run/Walk to Remember (previously the Runaways Runaround Road Race). Under his co-direction, the annual event has raised more than $50,000 for Community VNA Hospice.

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Couch to 5K: On Your Mark! Get Set! Go!

06-05-2019

With registration for Community VNA’s 17th annual 5K Run/Walk to Remember now open, we thought we would help you prepare.

We welcome walkers of all abilities to participate in our event, which takes place Sunday, August 4, 2019 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

For those interested in running, and for whom our road race will be their first-ever 5K (that’s 3.1 miles), we are pleased to kick-off our Couch to 5K training program. 

This nine-week program will help guide you from being a non-runner to completing your first 5K race. 

There will be three runs each week.  Are you ready to go?  Then let’s jump right in! 

All you really need to start with is a good pair of running shoes. We recommend visiting your local athletic specialty shoe store if you need assistance in choosing the right shoes. This way, the staff can help you select a pair of running shoes that will suit your individual needs.

Now, you’re ready to head out the door! 

Here is your  Week 1 schedule:

• Number of runs:  3 (if you can try not to run on consecutive days; this will give your body time to rest)
• Begin each run with a brisk 5-minute walk, then alternate 1 minute of running with 1 ½ minutes of walking, for a total of 20 minutes. 

That’s all there is to it! 

Good luck!

Dr. Mark Young is a family medicine physician and member of the medical staff of Sturdy Memorial Associates of Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, Massachusetts, and Sturdy Memorial Associates, Plainville, Massachusetts.

Dr. Young received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, completed his family medicine training at the Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and is board certified in family medicine.

An avid runner and member of the local Wampanoag Running Club, Dr. Young has, for the past 16 years, taken a leadership role in organizing Community VNA’s annual 5K Run/Walk to Remember (previously the Runaways Runaround Road Race). Under his co-direction, the annual event has raised more than $50,000 for Community VNA Hospice.Dr. Young resides in North Attleboro with his wifeand two children.

ADHC The Key for Many to Aging in Place

Adult Day Health: The Key for Many to Aging in Place

01-25-2019

The goal of nearly 90% of people age 65 and older is to stay in their own home as they age. Often referred to as “aging in place” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines this as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community, safely, independently, and comfortably. What happens, however, when “living independently” is no longer an option?

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Why Home Health Care Nursing is a Hot Career Choice

Why Home Health Care Nursing is a HOT Career Choice Right Now

Rewarding, in-demand, well paid, enjoyable…there aren’t too many careers that check off all of these boxes. Home Health Care is an exception though, and that’s exactly why it’s so popular as a career choice right now.

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CVNA Walk to Remember

16th Annual 5K Run/Walk to Remember to Benefit Community VNA Hospice

Attleboro, MA – Registration is now open for the 16th annual 5K Run/Walk to Remember, to be held Sunday, August 5. The event begins at 9:00 AM, with registration from 7:30 to 8:30 AM on the front lawn of the North Attleboro Town Hall, 43 South Washington Street, North Attleboro, MA.

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Spring Break

Highlights from Community VNA Spring Break

06-12-2018

Attleboro, MA – Thanks to the support of event sponsors, auction and raffle donors, and attendees, Community VNA’s 5th annual signature fundraising event, Spring Break, was a great success. This year’s event, held Sunday, April 29th, celebrated 35 years of Community VNA’s Hospice Care program. With nearly 200 guests gathered at Lake Pearl in Wrentham, MA, Spring  Break raised a record-setting $28,000.

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