Ideas for Healthier Living
Programs for the Community
Memory Fitness Center
Designed to sharpen the memory skills of older adults who are showing signs of memory loss or have recently been diagnosed with dementia, the Memory Fitness Center provides four-hour sessions, which include activities designed to minimize memory loss and eldy symptoms by stimulating the mind.
time: 11 am to 3 pm
location: Lansdale Hospital, Ground Floor, Conf Rooms C/D
information: (215) 441-6888
Memory and Healthy Aging-FREE
A fun and practical presenation on how to improve your memory. Learn to cross train your brain, take control of your memory, improve brain function and remember what you are starting to forget. Registration is required and class size is limited.
information: (215) 481 2204, Community Health Services
The Diabetes Center offers a Diabetes Self Management Training program at three locations: AHC- Schilling Campus, AHC-Warminster Campus, and now our newest location at Lansdale Hospital. Our program has been Recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education*. Both group classes and individual sessions are offered. Our sessions provide a wide range of topics, including meal planning, diabetes medications, preventing complications, exercise, and making adjustments for daily living.
The Diabetes Center uses a team approach for education and counseling, with you as the key member of the team. Registered nurses and registered dietitians, who are also certified diabetes educators, are dedicated to helping each person gain control of their diabetes while maintaining an optimal state of health and well being. Together, the team will design an individualized plan that matches your lifestyle and educational needs during this transition to our program.
Diabetes Education: A six-session prgram for individuals with diabetes and their family members.
Learning to Take Insulin: One-session program covers injection of insulin and related topics (a copy of your insulin order is required).
Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: With modest weight loss and physical activity, you can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Attend this interactive program and start making healthy changes. This class is for adults who may have risk factors, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, weight issues and family history.
For more information, class locations, and to register for any diabetes classes, contact The Diabetes Center of Abington Memorial Hospital, AHC – Schilling Campus, Northwood Building, Willow Grove at (215) 672-0899.
Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Information Sessions- FREE
Bariatric surgery is the only proven prescription for long-term weight loss for those struggling with obesity. Please join us for an informational seminar- we'll explain your options, answer questions and show how our program can literally save your life.
time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
location: Sessions offered at Abington Memorial Hospital and Lansdale Hospital. Call for dates and locations, (215) 481-2204.
Abington Fitness Institute
Medically supervised exercise to help you achieve your fitness goals. The Fitness Institute is also recognized by many insurance companies, which offer reimbursements.
For information, call (215) 481-5900, or stop by for a tour at AHC- Schilling Campus, Willowood Building, suite 100.
Closing the Gap
Abington Health has developed programs designed to improve access to quality healthcare for all members of the community.
For more information on these programs, please call (215) 481-2586.
Breast Cancer Education and Screening- FREE
This program is offered several times a year, and is supported by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Philadelphia Affiliate to accomodate a diverse population of women. Women 40 years of age or older, uninsured or underinsured, who have not had a mammogram for one year are encouraged to register. Free clinical breast examination, mammogram, breast cancer awareness education and instruction in self-breast examination are provided. The program is provided in a welcoming environment with special attention to the cultural and language assistance needs of women. On-site interpreters are available. All printed information is provided in the language of choice.
For dates and times, please contact Cynthia Echewa, Community Health Outreach nurse, at (215) 481-2586.
The Pilla Heart Center
Heart and Stroke Risk Assessments and/or Blood Pressure Screenings- Free
Community-based free heart and stroke risk assessments and blood pressure screenings are offered at a variety of locations. Take steps necessary to monitor your blood pressure and assess your risk for stroke. No registration is required; walk-ins welcome. Nurses provide information about how to prevent heart disease or control blood pressure.
dates: Third Monday of each month
time: 1 pm to 4 pm
location: Giant Food Store, Hatfield
information:(215) 481-2204, Community Health Services
dates: Monday December 12, 2011
time: 12 pm to 2 pm
location: Giant Food Store, North Wales
information: (215) 481-2204, Community Health Services
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Abington Memorial Hospital is affiliated with the Safety Institute of Pennsylvania (SIPA) for CPR and first-aid courses. Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited. Please call (215) 674-3444 for further information. Programs include:
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Programs:
CPR for Family and Friends
Health Care Provider CPR
Family and Friends CPR Anytime
Family and Friends CPR Anytime is a self-directed, personal CPR kit that makes learning the core skills of CPR easy, convenient, affordable and fun for the whole family. It takes 22 minutes to learn, and can be done anywhere. This kit does not provide certification in CPR.
Information: 877-AHA-4CPR or visit http://www.cpranytime.org/.
Smoking Cessation Program
Abington Health is committed to helping those who are trying to quit smoking. The American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking Program is a six-week program that features a straightforward, realistic approach giving information and techniques for conquering the three ways smokers are linked to cigarettes: addiction, habit and psychological dependence. Classes are offered at Abinton Memorial Hospital in the Blank Vasucular Center conference room and at Lansdale Hospital. A minimum number of participants are required to hold a class.
dates: call for dates, time and locations
fee: $60.00/six week program
to register: (215) 481-6095, Nancy Gallagher Community Health Services
Winning Quitters: A Quit Smoking Program
Provided by North Penn VNA
Learn about nicotine addiction, dependency and the harmful effects of smoking. Discuss the benefits of quitting, how to stay motivated and methods of quitting. Please call 215-855-6191 to register.
Freedom from Smoking Online- FREE
PA Department of Health Quitline- FREE
Provided by North Penn VNA
Provides comprehensive healthcare for children, birth to 21, who do not have health insurance or whose insurance does not cover outpatient services. Well visits, sick visits, immunizations, physicals. The clinic is a Keystone Mercy and CHIP healthcare provider. Please call 215-855-8296 for an appointment.
Provided by North Penn VNA
Immunizations include influenza, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, pneumonia, PPD skin testing and tetanus. For more information, please visit www.npvna.org/immunizations.html. To schedule an appointment, please call 215-855-6191.
Greater North Penn Dental Initiative at North Penn VNA
Provides dental care to children, adults and seniors without dental insurance. Services provided by a licensed dentist include exams, cleanings, X-rays, fillings extractions, denture fittings and adjustments. Fees based on a sliding scale. Please call 1-877-466-7764 for an appointment.
Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Screenings
Regular Community Screenings are Provided by Abington Health and the North Penn VNA
For information on screening locations and dates, please please call 215-481-2204 or 215-855-6191.
PROGRAMS FOR THE COMMUNITY
Faith Community Parish Nurse Program
North Penn VNA Faith Community Parish Nurse Program serves as an outreach to the community by assisting in the development of health ministries. For more information, please call the program coordinator at 215-855-8296.
Focus on Motherhood – For the Younger Parent
This 12-week program offers support and education for pregnant adolescents and fathers-to-be and their families. Sponsored by Child, Home and Community of Montgomery County. To register, please call 215-348-9770.
Hospice Volunteer Training
For more information, please visit www.npvna.org/hospicevolunteers.html or please call Diane Mokrzycki at 215-855-8297.
To arrange a guest speaker for your next meeting or event, please call the Lansdale Hospital Community Health Department at 215-361-4421 for a list of topics. Or please call the North Penn VNA Community Health Education Department at 215-855-6191 or please visit www.npvna.org for a list of topics.
PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS
Preschool and elementary school children can learn about hospitals, poison prevention, first aid, nutrition, safe eating habits and healthy heart habits, and can even practice the Heimlich maneuver to help people who are choking. North Penn VNA can provide programs at your school. Please call 215-855-7343 for more information.
PROGRAMS FOR SENIORS
AARP Driver Safety Program and Seniority Counts Lecture Series
For topics, dates, times and to register, please visit www.npvna.org/seniors.html or please call 215-855-6191.
North Penn VNA offers a variety of safety courses on the campus of Lansdale Hospital.
American Heart Association CPR and First Aid Courses
Please visit www.npvna.org/CPR.html for course descriptions, dates and times.
American Safety & Health Institute Classes
- CABS Babysitting Course – Please visit www.npvna.org/babysitting.html for more information.
- Pet First Aid Course – Please call 215-855-6191 to learn more.
- Safety Course at Your Site – North Penn VNA can arrange CPR or first aid courses at your place of employment or at group meetings. Please call 215-855-6191 for more information.