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Having the Care Conversation

May 16, 2019:  If you recently celebrated Mother’s Day and it got you thinking, or if you plan to see family in coming months, you might consider beginning, “the care conversation” — even if it seems premature. Especially if it seems premature. “The most important and helpful action t
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Place Your Bets on RVNA

If you’re a fan of RVNA, and you’re hankering for a fun night out, we have an idea for you. The Second Annual Ridgefield Charity Poker Tournament hosted by the Ridgefield Library. Here’s how it works: all players compete on behalf of their favorite charity. In your c
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Getting Started with Caregivers

Every day, RVNA’s Melissa Woodhouse, RRT, MOT, OTR/L and Deidre Sommerer, LPN, MS, spend time speaking and meeting with families who find themselves in the position of arranging care and aides for a loved one who has begun to encounter challenges with living independently. “Sometimes
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Meet the Therapists

Meet Sri Desiraju Sri Desiraju is a man of few words (in his written responses below, at least!), but we’ll tell you this — his patients LOVE him. Effusively. RVNA gets regular letters and phone calls from Sri’s fans singing his praises. Where did you grow up and whe
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Meet the Therapists, cont…

Meet Danielle Taibi Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I grew up in lower Westchester County, lived in Manhattan for 9 years and Los Angeles for 3 years. I’ve lived in Ridgefield for 6 years now. How long have you been at RVNA? Going on 3 years. What brought you he
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Sponsor Spotlight: Ancona’s Wines & Liquor — Quality, Community, Collegiality

On Saturday, April 20, Ancona’s Wines & Liquors will be hosting an “RVNA Giveback Day,” a special day during which 10% of the proceeds from Ancona’s sales at its Governor Street store will be donated to RVNA. This is the second edition of this event and it’s quintessential “Ancona
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It’s All About the ADLs: Introducing Occupational Therapy

There is a funny blog item out there in which Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT) are filing for divorce. While the piece is satirical, the message is clear. The two therapies have long been paired together, often appearing inseparable, but in fact their differences ar
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The H Word — Understanding Hospice

The word “hospice” is often misunderstood. Feared even. It’s a word that can stall conversations and introduce discomfort. Yet it’s a word that comes from “hospes,” which in Latin means both “guest” and “host,” and which is at the root of many beautiful words of welcome and care: hosp
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Sponsor Spotlight: How Do You Spell ‘Partner’?

Partnership. Noun. The state of being a partner.   P-A-R-T-N-E-R-S-H-I-P If you attended the recent RVNA Spelling Bee, you would have noted that Fairfield County Bank was the title sponsor of this annual fundraising event, responsible in large part for bringing the Bee to life since 2
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Happy NNM!

RVNA Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Educator, Meg Whitbeck, MS RDN, shares lessons from her recent 30-day no-sugar streak March is National Nutrition Month  – a month dedicated to educating the public on the importance of sound eating habits for lifelong health. While there seems
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