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PESID Brooklyn Spring Fling

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PESID Brooklyn Spring Fling is taking place on April 10, 2012. PESID, People Empowering Seniors Independence & Dignity is a networking resource group. It is designed to bring together both retired folks and professionals who serve the senior community. This allows seniors to meet people who work in the senior community in an open environment, where they can freely gather information. I founded the group just over two years ago. Membership to PESID is currently free. You can sign up at PESID.com

The Brooklyn PESID meeting is usually held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

The NYC PESID meeting is usually the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Nassau PESID is currently in the planning stage and will be announced very shortly.

Many PESID meetings are sponsored in some capacity, allowing for appetizers, etc.

PESID was established because I felt there was a void in bringing seniors and professionals serving seniors together in the same environment.

Remember membership to PESID is free.  If you do not live or work in an area where PESID meetings are held, please do not let that stop you from joining PESID.  As people join PESID and indicate their geographic area, it establishes how much interest in PESID there is for that area.  This information will allow me to figure out if a PESID meeting is ready to be established in your area.

It’s easy to join, just go to PESID.com

Be well

Annette Fisher, CSA

Certified Senior Advisor

PESID Founder

Hospital Infections may be declining with some infections while a large increase is occuring
with others.  Just a few months back I was having a conversation with a couple of
colleagues.  We were discussing a new infection that is rapidly spreading, called
Clostridium difficile aka C-diff.  It is passed through wounds, intravenous lines, and other
means.  If you are taking antibiots and you come in contact with it you may be more
suseptable since the antibiots kill good and bad bacteria at the same time.  Thanks to
colleages, Caryn Isaacs, Patient Advocate, and Ann Hanna, I was made aware of this.
After ending up in the hospital myself this weekend I was horrified to find out that the women
sharing the room with me had C-diff.  I immediately asked for a discharge since I could
continue the medications at home.  They were allowing this patient to walk the
halls.  C-diff is spread by touching things, thus leaving bacteria that others can pick
up.  When I quickly left my room to let them know I wanted to be discharged, I had turned
to notice a sign outside my shared room that read, caution etc.  point being something in
my room was contagious and I was told I was not.  Once you get what you need in the
hospital get out as fast as you can.  I actually had nurses and assistants that were not
changing their gloves between patients, and who were not sanitizing their hands between glove
changes.  It was a breeding ground for germs.  OK some are saying maybe
I’m getting paranoid, however if you don’t control your own destiny to some degree you
may loose control.  I also do not think patients should wait in a doctors office to be
seen.  I bring my own pen for sign in and let them know my tel # so they can let me know
when to come in from my car, parked in the area.  I also carry hand sanitizer with
me.  Think about how many people go to the doctor because they are sick.  I
certainly do not need anything I do not already have.  Touch nothing.  When using
the rest room remember to turn the water on and off with paper towels.  Use a paper
towel to open the door, if hand use is at all necessary.  This is seriously deadly
stuff.  I hope this will keep you out of germs way.  I’m still trying to get the
real low down on whether people with C-diff can be admitted to nursing homes and or assisted
living vacilities.  It seems to me they would need a seperate building or everyone will end
up infected.

I recently attended a wonderful event, cosponsored by Sunrise
Senior Living
, Nancy Waldman, Director of Community Relations Sunrise Senior Living of
Mill Basin and SUN-
B
, Senior Umbrella Network of Brooklyn, Chaired by Miss Vicki Ellner. We enjoyed the
company of friends, colleagues, Sunrise residents, while being serenaded by a violinist, and
greeted by Miss Rita Cosby.  All of this took place in the lovely Sunrise Senior Living
residence.  Wow, what a wonderful place to retire in. Of the many facilities I have visited, I
can honestly say this one is top notch.  At this assisted living residence you feel like you
are on vacation.  The residence is situated on the waters edge in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, the
dining room is immaculate and looks better dressed than a fine restaurant.

Journalist Rita
Cosby was all too happy to share her new book with us, 
Quiet Hero Secrets from My Father's Past
.  The book shares the experience
hidden behind the glaze in her father's eyes.

Many of us have members in our own
families, who have never shared the extremely painful things they have experienced in their
lives.  Don't let time fade away before getting the chance to thank our family
members and friends for the freedom we have.  As Rita says "Freedom is not
Free". 

Ten percent of Rita's book proceeds go to Operation
Enduring Care. Click here to learn more about the program to help injured
veterans.
 

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