St. Vincent’s dedicates a healing garden to Cookie Kelly Petrakis

St. Vincent’s dedicates a healing garden to Cookie Kelly Petrakis

St. Vincent’s Medical Center dedicated a healing garden in memory of Cookie Kelly Petrakis at the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care in Bridgeport. The healing garden was a way of commemorating Petrakis’ life, where she cared and helped others. As the eldest daughter of eight children, Petrakis...
Buying a retirement home? Think it through

Buying a retirement home? Think it through

I have had the pleasure recently of consulting with a few retired homeowners who are empty nesters and thinking of selling their homes. Their present homes, which once were so accommodating to their larger families, are now just too much space to take care of. What should they do? Where...
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Elder care and you — how to communicate the need for in-home care

Elder care and you — how to communicate the need for in-home care

Life as you knew it is no longer “as usual.” You’ve identified one or more reasons why your mom or dad or other family member is in need of homecare assistance. It’s a life-changing decision for everyone involved. It’s mentally taxing, and emotionally draining. How do you discuss the subject? How do you have the...
Program keeps hospice patients and pets together

Program keeps hospice patients and pets together

The bond between pets and their owners is significant, but perhaps even more so when the owner is facing an advanced illness. Recognizing the benefits of keeping hospice patients and their pets together, Regional Hospice and Home Care offers the Pet Peace of Mind program, supported by the Banfield Charitable Trust and other outside funding,...
Overeaters Anonymous meets Sundays

Overeaters Anonymous meets Sundays

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step self-help group for compulsive over-eaters. The group meets every Sunday from 8:45-9:45 a.m. at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, in the Seton Room on Level C. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement is a desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information go...
How to beat the couch potato curse

How to beat the couch potato curse

Diet and exercise make great bedfellows for men and women looking to live a healthier lifestyle. A combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise makes it easier for men and women to maintain a healthy weight while lowering their risk of various ailments, including heart disease and diabetes. A heightened awareness of what makes...
Health Notes: Cancer support, addiction support and more

Health Notes: Cancer support, addiction support and more

Health Notes is a weekly feature that highlights health and wellness news in the area. Hospitals and other health related agencies may e-mail items to scappetta@hersamacorn.com. Valley Goes Pink event Hawley Lane Shoes is holding a win/win style fund-raiser throughout the month of October. All patrons who mention The Valley Goes Pink this month will...
Seniors: Choosing to remain at home

Seniors: Choosing to remain at home

Some of us worry about the future but do nothing about it, while some of us ignore it and hope for the best. Others, however, are committed to a vision of the future and plan for it. As we grow older, most of us would like to remain in the comfort of our own homes and communities,...
10 ways to conserve energy this winter

10 ways to conserve energy this winter

Conserving energy in the winter is a concern for many homeowners and renters. Whether your goal is to save energy and do your part for the environment or to trim a few dollars from your winter utility bills, here are 10 ways to reduce energy consumption without sacrificing comfort this winter. Have the furnace serviced....
Steps involved with estate planning

Steps involved with estate planning

Although inevitable, death is an emotional subject that’s difficult to discuss. While estate planning can make people uncomfortable, it is an essential part of securing assets for future generations and can make a death in the family easier for loved ones to handle. Estate planning is an umbrella term that refers to a host of...
Open house event hosted by Coldwell Banker

Open house event hosted by Coldwell Banker

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Connecticut and Westchester County, N.Y. is hosting the Fall in Love with the American Dream Open House Event Sunday, Oct. 19. The event will feature hundreds of homes available for sale throughout Connecticut and Westchester County. “After great success last year, we are excited to announce that we are hosting...
Gadget gurus: What’s in store for the home cook

Gadget gurus: What’s in store for the home cook

Do you have a Blossom uCap Sipping Cap? If you don’t, you may be missing out on one of today’s newest kitchen items. It’s a colorful, durable, silicone cap that transforms a mason jar into a beverage container with a watertight seal, explains Sanjay Dipchand, vice president of Cook’s Nook (mycooksnook.com), Norwalk. With numerous gadgets...
Home briefs: Tag sale, holiday shopping and craft vendors

Home briefs: Tag sale, holiday shopping and craft vendors

Tag sale and flea market Held at the First United Methodist Church, Saturday, Oct. 11, 9-6 p.m., in Shelton. Vendor space is available for $20 a table. The church is located on the corner of Long Hill Avenue and Rocky Rest Road. Proceeds will benefit the ministries of the church. Information: 203-929-3537 or office@umcshelton.org. Pre-holiday...
Keep the kids’ creativity flowing with their own playrooms

Keep the kids’ creativity flowing with their own playrooms

The kids are back in school for about a month now, but that doesn’t mean that toys have to be tossed aside in place of a homework center. The playroom just needs to be organized in a way that allows room for both learning and play. Having a playroom at home that encourages creativity, independence...