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November 2014
Village eNews
Wexner Rehabilitation
OSU Partnership Helps Occupational Therapy Students Excel

For nearly a decade, Wexner Rehabilitation has enthusiastically served as a "living laboratory" for students of The Ohio State University College of Medicine's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.


Each autumn, the 44 master's degree level students in the school's Occupational Therapy Division spend time with Wexner Rehabilitation patients to hone their interviewing skills and explore geriatrics as a potential specialization.


In exchange, Wexner Rehabilitation patients have the chance to visit with some fresh, young faces and the organization gains exposure with the next generation of occupational therapists.

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Awareness and Understanding
Topics Central to the WHV AlzheimersandHospiceCommunity Draw National Attention
National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month


President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer's; today, the number of people with the disease has swelled to nearly 5.4 million.

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive disease that currently has no cure. While the majority of adults with the disease are over age 65, it can develop earlier. Every 67 seconds, someone in the U.S. is newly diagnosed with Alzheimer's and each year, approximately half a million people die from the disease.


Unfortunately, the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease is continuing to grow. Researchers now predict that by 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's will triple to nearly 16 million.


To stay ahead of the curve, WHV opened The Cottage in 2011 to provide memory care assisted living for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The 10-suite facility was fully occupied within months of opening and a waiting list has formed.


"Alzheimer's takes a tremendous toll not only on those who have it, but their families and care givers as well," said Jean Kramer, Executive Director of The Cottage. "The good news is organizations like WHV can see what's coming and we are adapting."
National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

It has been 40 years since the nation's first hospice was established in Branford, Conn., and more than a decade since Zusman Hospice began caring for terminally ill patients and their families.


Today, there are more than 5,500 hospices across the United States caring for more than 1.5 million people a year.

Hospice is a philosophy of care that is focused on symptom relief, dignity and compassion for those living with a life-limiting illness. Care is typically provided where patients live, whether it is in their own home, with a family member, in an assisted living facility or at a nursing home.


Zusman Hospice, a member of Wexner Heritage Village's comprehensive senior healthcare and housing network, also operates one of only two hospice in-patient units in Central Ohio, Zusman House on the WHV campus. And a year ago, Zusman Hospice launched a partnership with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

to provide hospice care to qualified patients in one of our dedicated hospice rooms at the OSU Ross Heart Hospital.

"More and more people are beginning to realize that hospice care is not just for people with cancer," Zusman Hospice Executive Director Mariann Day said. "Nationally, 63 percent of hospice patients are coping with non-cancer conditions such as dementia, heart and lung disease, stroke or kidney disease. Zusman Hospice patients are no exception."

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Mark Your Calendar... Don't Miss These Upcoming Events
  • Medicare CounselingEvents  |  November 5, 10 am to noon  |  by appointment at 614-559-5502 or  mmayer@whv.org.
  • Widow to Widow: The Rear View Mirror - Look Back to Say Goodbye  | November 7, 11 am to noon  |  614-559-0350 or zh@whv.org to register.
  • Nadav Spiritual Volunteer Meeting  |  November 7, 11 am to 1 pm  |  614-559-0243 or dlefton@whv.org for information.
  • Care for the Caregiver: 10 Signs of Caregiver Stress  |  November 10, 6:30 to 8 pm  |  614-559-0350 or zh@whv.org to register.
  • Medicare Counseling  |  November 13, 2:30 to 4 pm  |  by appointment at 614-559-5502 or mmayer@whv.org.
  • Zusman Hospice Memorial Service  |  November 13, 7 to 8 pm  |  614-559-0350 or zh@whv.org for more information.
  • Medicare Counseling  |  November 17, 10 am to noon  |  by appointment at 614-559-5502 or mmayer@whv.org.
  • WHV Board of Directors Meeting  |  November 18, 5:30 to 7:30 pm  |  614-559-0331 or dmelser@whv.org for information.
  • Coping Through the Holidays  |  November 20, 12:30 to 2 pm  |  614-559-0350 or zh@whv.org to register. 
Click here to view a detailed listing of all the programs offered at Wexner Heritage Village.

Health & Wellness
Facts and Recipes to Support Your Healthy Lifestyle

Cold Weather FitnessFit

When the mercury starts to drop and those icy winter winds are whipping about outside, it may be hard to leave the warm comforts of home and make yourself go for a jog.

But working out during the winter doesn't have to be a challenge. If you start with the right preparations and safety precautions, you can get your heart rate up while enjoying the fresh, frosty air.

Here are nine tips to help you exercise in winter weather:


Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia

Exposure to cold for long periods of time can cause hypothermia, which occurs when the core body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius).

Countdown to ThanksgivingThanksgiving


Thanksgiving is a holiday for enjoying friends, family and of course, lots of delicious food. With the many distractions and anxieties of the holiday season, it can be easy to overlook the importance of food safety.


Safely handling, storing and preparing food is important to prevent foodborne illness, which can strike when food contaminated with harmful bacteria is eaten. Symptoms can vary but may include nausea, vomiting, fever or diarrhea and may lead to more severe problems for those with a compromised immune system or young children, pregnant women and older adults.

A few simple steps will ensure a delicious and a safe meal for you, your family, and your friends. Use the following information to help you prepare your special Thanksgiving meal and countdown to the holiday.

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