Upcoming Events

Message from Congressman Joe Courtney: Need to get tested for COVID-19? Here’s how and where to find no-cost testing. As we continue to see an uptick in COVID-19 rates across our state, access to no-cost COVID-19 testing remains a key tool in our efforts to contain the virus.
Virtual Class: Ways to Connect with Loved Ones during the Holidays. As it looks like holidays will be socially distanced this year instead of in-person, a virtual class presented by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging will provide ideas to create a memorable season.
An interactive presentation and discussion on Communication Strategies to Keep You Connected, especially during this pandemic. If you are the adult child or caregiver of an older adult who may exhibit some memory loss, or if you are having difficulties communicating effectively, this program is for you!

Call for Artists: The Art of Movement

Mystic, CT — Hartford HealthCare's Chase Family Movement Disorders Center will host "The Art of Movement," an exhibit of creative works by people living with Parkinson's Disease, in May in its new Mystic location. The exhibit is seeking works by people who have Parkinson's. The exhibit is seeking all types of creative works, including painting, sculpting, creative writing, dance, photography, music, quilting and other crafts. Interested artists should contact Susan Lather at the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center: 860-696-5503 or susan.lather@hhchealth.org

The exhibit will be open to the public Saturday, May 9, from 1-3 p.m., at Hartford HealthCare Mystic, 100 Perkins Farm Drive, Mystic. Artists will be able to display and offer their work for sale to benefit the Chase Center. In addition to the displays, there will be remarks by Drs. J. Antonelle de Marcaida, Medical Director, Chase Family Movement Disorders Center; Marisa Moro-de-Casillas, and Elena Bortan. Poet Jean Gustafson will read some of her work, and painter Melissa Barbieri will talk about her Parkinson’s journey and how her art and her family have kept her strong. The idea of having the exhibit grew out of Dr. DeMarcaida's long fascination by and appreciation of the creativity of her patients. Drs. Bortan and Moro-de-Casillas will staff the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center in the Mystic building, joined by a full complement of staff including advanced practitioners, a neuropsychologist, social worker, nurses, medical assistants, patient service coordinators and practice manager.

The Wellness programs at the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center are offered free of charge for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Exercise can be disease-modifying for people with Parkinson’s. Donations support the Boxing, Tai Chi, Yoga and additional classes offered in the Vernon, Cheshire and Mystic facilities.

MGI Caregiver Project

The caregiver project consists of seven workshops devoted to improving the knowledge base of family members taking care of an elder family member, usually a spouse, partner, or parent.  We hope to be able to present each workshop free of charge by soliciting from our community. We also intend to provide sitters so caregivers are able to bring their loved one to the session.  We also hope to provide coffee and water to attendees.  Sessions will take place from 10 am to 12 noon on Saturday mornings on dates to be determined by the availability of space.  We hope to use the educational space of new Hartford Health Care building on the Perkins Farm site.

The workshops are as follows:

1. Legal and Financial   Co directors: Attorney Jean Ceddia and Matthew Spring, AIF

2. Social  Co directors: Sue Hostnick, MSW ,  and Concetta Francetti, Recreation Therapist  This session will focus on ways to avoid isolation and loneliness by integration of the family member into the community.

3. Physical   Director:   Linna Rouquayrol, RN  This session will focus on the daily management of the elder person, including bathing, transfers, toileting, and avoidance of pressure ulcers.

4. Nutrition   Director:  Christopher Morren, MD, FACP This session will focus on the nutritional needs of the elder person, and ways to assess and improve their nutritional status.

5. Home Preparation  Co directors:  Attorney  Sandra Sharr , and Nichole Bowski, OT This session will focus of making the home environment safe by avoiding falls and other mishaps, fire safety, safety in the kitchen, and maintaining up to date lists of emergency contacts

6. Medical  Director:  Dr. Michael Feltes, MD, Geriatrician  This session will focus on how to assess the elder in an emergency and how to tend to minor injuries and illnesses

7. Care of the Caregiver  Co directors:  Robin Ely, RN and Father Mark Santucci  This session will focus on the social and spiritual needs of the caregiver, and ways of avoiding caregiver burnout.

Seniors Strong

Mystic Geriatrics Institute (MGI) is working on a project that will help transform the way health care is delivered to elderly citizens, ensuring that they remain vital and vibrant as long as physically possible.  The Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the well-being and quality of life for seniors in Southeastern Connecticut. Our goal is to promote the region as a center of geriatric excellence.  

We are developing a home-based program of primary care for the elderly To empower and inspire individuals to live a healthier, more active life.    

Our hope is that the need for emergency care and hospital admissions will be reduced.  It will keep our elderly healthy longer and result in an enormous savings to our healthcare system. According to U.S. Census Bureau projections, the number of Americans age 65 and older is expected to nearly double in the next 40 years – from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million in 2060. Additionally, life expectancies are pushing ahead – average life expectancy has increased from 68 years in 1950 to 78.6 years in 2017.  At the risk of using a well-worn cliché, we believe this program is a “win-win” for all parties.

Check back soon for upcoming events and a series for our Seniors! Topics may include:

  • Preserving your legacy through financial wellness for a lifetime of milestones
  • Social Dimension
  • Wellness/Fitness
  • Mental Dimension
  • Nutritional Dimension
  • Healthy Age-Friendly Community
  • Spiritual, Social & Emotional Dimension
  • Prevention Dimension

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