Tag Archives: Wellness

February EFAP News: Our Aging Loved Ones

Successful Aging in Place

Did you know most seniors want to remain in their own home for as long as possible? Despite the growing number of retirement communities, most seniors prefer to remain in their own home. This helps seniors maintain a feeling of independence as well as a sense of security. Wouldn’t you want to stay in your home that you have worked so hard for? To keep an aging loved one in their home for as long as possible, it is important to ask some difficult questions and often accommodations must be made.

Simple additions to improve safety like shower bars and raised toilet seats can make a world of difference to an elder’s well-being, as can evaluating an elder’s home for issues with handicap accessibility.

Home maintenance can be a factor in an elder’s ability to stay at home, especially if your elder loved one is an avid gardener, or DIY aficionado. Setting up services and tapping into community resources to assist with activities like lawn care, housekeeping and home maintenance can help many elders avoid injuries otherwise commonly associated with more physical activities that have become too much for them.

Transportation is another key area to look at. Is your elder still able to drive? Do they get lost easily? As they age it can become important for elders to access community transportation services or have a relative drive for them.

Emergency Planning is possibly the most important resource to have in place in order to keep an elder in their home. For many elders this means having a Personal Emergency Response Systems, while others may have relatives or neighbors who can check on them regularly.

This month be sure to register and attend the webinar,

“What to Look Out for As Our Loved Ones Age”  Learn more about the challenges of aging, and some of the options for caring for our aging loved ones. A full description and registration information is listed in the sidebar to the right. If you’re unable to attend you can log on to the website at a later time to view the archived presentation.

MONTHLY WEBINAR

Wednesday, February 21st

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR AS OUR LOVED ONES AGE

Those of us who have senior loved ones in our lives want to be sure they are well cared for. This webinar will address some of the challenges elders face as they age, and solutions that we, as caregivers, can put into place from near or afar. We will discuss common eldercare issues and which eldercare systems can best address these concerns.

TO REGISTER:

– Click HERE 

– Select the time

– Or – click on “Upcoming Webinars” from the homepage of the website and follow the easy instructions

Unable to make it to the scheduled webinars? 

We have them archived for your convenience. Log onto the website and click on E4 University at the bottom of the home page, then click on Webinars to search by webinar title.

e4health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
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Or call them at: 800-828-6025
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HEALTH COACHING AVAILABLE FOR ALL FACULTY AND STAFF MEMBERS!

Is there an area in your life in which you would like to be healthier?

Do you feel ‘stuck’ or ‘in a rut’ with changing a health behavior?

Is there a health behavior that you have tried to change numerous times, only to find yourself back in your old pattern?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I invite you to partner with me!

My name is Laura Wilkinson and I am the Integrative Health Coach for faculty and staff members at Middlebury College. As a coach, I can partner with you and guide and support you as you make personal health behavior changes that matter most to you. This is a client-driven partnership – with you in the driver’s seat.

This service is:

  • Free
  • On campus (or available by phone or skype for Monterey campus)
  • Confidential

 

The structure of the coaching partnership consists of sessions every other week for a 3 month period. The first session is 1 hour and subsequent sessions are 30 minutes. I am available for morning appointments Monday-Friday.

Middlebury College is invested in you and your path to health and wellbeing. I invite you to join in this partnership for better health!

To schedule coaching sessions, please contact me at lwilkinson@middlebury.edu or 443-3621 (voicemail)

For more detailed information, please visit my website at http://sites.middlebury.edu/middleburyintegratedhealthcoach/

On-Campus Fitness Opportunities for Faculty and Staff!

Kick start your self-care in 2018 by joining one or many of the amazing fitness classes offered right here on campus.

Middlebury College’s Well-being Committee continues to sponsor

some great on-campus fitness opportunities for faculty and staff

 

Registration is now open (click on the links where applicable for more information).

Sessions being offered for J-Term and Spring Term

Building Strength with Ryan Paquette

Join Ryan Paquette and learn how to safely improve your strength and conditioning at our fitness center. This is a 4-week series in which you will be oriented to the fitness center, educated on how to use both weight lifting machines and free weights, and given basic programs to help you strengthen major muscle groups.

Ryan Paquette joined the football coaching staff at Middlebury in the summer of 2014. He also serves as the department’s strength and conditioning coach. Ryan is a certified member of the United States of America Weightlifting (USAW) program as well as the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). He was also recently certified by the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), while holding an additional Strength and Conditioning Certification. For more information on Ryan, please see his bio at Ryan Paquette.

4-week series

Wednesdays: January 31st, February 7th, February 14th, February 21st

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Fitness Center (Instructions for where to meet and what to wear will be given to participants in a follow up email.)

This series is specifically created for beginners. Please register at Building Strength Sign Up. Class maximum is 20. If the class is full, please indicate if you would like to be added to a waitlist for future series.

For questions, please contact Laura Wilkinson, Integrative Health Coach at lwilkinson@middlebury.edu

 

 

Partners in Walking with Laura Wilkinson

Have you been wanting to get moving, but just haven’t taken that first step? Now is the time! Pull out those walking or running shoes and meet at the indoor track. The CDC recommends that all adult Americans get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity weekly. Following this recommendation contributes to your overall health, and decreases your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Laura Wilkinson is an Integrative Health Coach and Nurse Practitioner at Middlebury College. For questions, please reach out to Laura at lwilkinson@middlebury.edu

 

Ongoing

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings

8:00-8:45 am

Middlebury College Indoor Track

Starting on January 8th – No charge, no need to register.

 

 

Water Aerobics with Norma Leduc

Water Aerobics is a low-impact exercise that is appropriate for all levels of fitness and swimming Please contact Norma directly with questions, leduc@middlebury.edu.

 

Ongoing

Wednesday & Friday mornings, 6:00-6:45 am

Middlebury College Natatorium

Starting January 3

 

Yoga with Joanna Colwell

Two sections of Iyangar yoga taught by Joanna Colwell of Otter Creek Yoga.

Mixed-Level Iyengar Yoga: 11:00-12:00 pm (for those with at least six months’ experience with Iyengar yoga)

Very Basic Iyengar Yoga: 12:15-1:15 pm.

Bring your own yoga mat if possible.

To register, contact Ellen McKay, emckay@middlebury.edu,

 

J-Term

Wednesdays

January 3 – January 31

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm – Mixed-Level

12:15 p.m.  – 1:15 p.m. – Basic Level

MFH 3rd Floor Gym

$40 payable to Joanna at the first class

 

 

Spring Session 1

Wednesdays

February 7 – March 28th

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm – Mixed-Level

12:15 p.m.  – 1:15 p.m. – Basic Level

MFH 3rd Floor Gym

$64 payable to Joanna at the first class

 

Spring Session 2

Wednesdays

April 4 – May 16

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm – Mixed-Level

12:15 p.m.  – 1:15 p.m. – Basic Level

MFH 3rd Floor Gym

$64 payable to Joanna at the first class

 

 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Open Mat with Kemi Fuentes-George

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the most effective forms of self-defense, and has been shown to help smaller but trained people defend themselves against bigger, more athletic opponents under realistic conditions.  No experience necessary. Please contact Kemi directly with questions, kgeorge@middlebury.edu.

 

Tuesdays and Fridays, 6:00 -7:00 pm; ongoing sessions

Sundays from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; ongoing sessions

4th Floor Lounge, Munroe Hall

Students, faculty and staff free; no registration required

 

 

Jazzercise Dance Mixx with Amy Collier

Amy Collier has taught fun and effective Jazzercise classes for people of all ages and fitness levels for five years.  She is the Associate Provost for Digital Learning at Middlebury College. Sign up for the mailing list (for class information and cancellations) here, click here.

 

 

Spring Session 1

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Feb 6 – March 29

4:30-5:30 pm

3rd-floor gym, Athletics complex

$5.00 per class; drop-ins welcome

 

Spring Session 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays

April 3 – May 24

4:30-5:30 pm

3rd-floor gym, Athletics complex

$5.00 per class; drop-ins welcome

 

 

Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong with Sue Driscoll

Sue practices Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan and studies with the lineage holders of the Tung family, training in traditional forms, practicing daily and attending workshops several times a year. She has led classes in Tai Chi and Qi Gong at the Falling Water School since 2011.

 

 

J- Term

Thursdays 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Qigong)

January 4 – February 1

Mondays 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Beginning Tai Chi Chuan)

January 8 – February 5

Fridays – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Advanced Tai Chi Chuan)

January 5 – February 2

 

Virtue Field House, Goldsmith Lounge, Room 298

$40 for 5 classes

Drop-in fee: $50 for 5 classes (available only for Qigong)

 

Spring Session 1

Thursdays 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Qigong)

February 8 – March 29

Mondays 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Beginning Tai Chi Chuan)

February 12 – April 2

 

Virtue Field House, Goldsmith Lounge, Room 298

$64 for 8 classes

Drop-in fee: $50 for 5 classes (available only for Qigong)

 

Spring Session 2

Thursdays 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Qigong)

April 5 – May 24

Mondays 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Beginning Tai Chi Chuan)

April 9 – June 4 (no class on the May 28th)

 

Virtue Field House, Goldsmith Lounge, Room 298

$64 for 8 classes

Drop-in fee: $50 for 5 classes (available only for Qigong)

 

 

Open Tai Chi Chuan Practice (free)

 

Spring Session 1

Fridays 12:00-1:00

February 9 – April 13

Virtue Field House, Goldsmith Lounge (Room 298)

 

Spring Session 2

Fridays 12:00-1:00

April 20 – June 22

Virtue Field House, Goldsmith Lounge (Room 298)

January EFAP News: Communication is Key

REGAINING YOUR CONNECTION 

When entering into a new relationship, most of us experience excitement and happiness. We’re having fun and all is right with the world. Then a new reality develops. Sometimes life with our other half gradually goes from adventure to monotony and disappointment.

This does not necessarily spell the end of the relationship. Many deeper and more fulfilling things can enter a relationship when the thrill of the newness fades.  Here are some things to ponder.

SHAKE THINGS UP, when they feel too settled. If you and your significant other have settled into a monotonous routine, do something different.

MAKE A LIST. And not just any list. Often times the things that were endearing, when we first met the love of our life, become deeply annoying later on. Try to remember what you loved about them and why.

SET REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS. High emotions associated with a new relationship are exhausting after a time. A healthy relationship thrives in an environment of acceptance and security with someone you can depend on and have fun with.

TALK. Get to know each other again. Go out to dinner and pretend like you are meeting each other for the first time.  Introduce yourselves to each other.

If your relationship has grown dull, you may not want to give up just yet.  Consider seeing a couple’s counselor. Many relationships that have grown dull can thrive with a renewed focus or professional support.

WANT TO LEARN MORE about communication and how to use it effectively to better relationships of all kinds? Register and attend the webinar, “Communicating Effectively”.A full description and registration information is listed in the sidebar to the right. If you’re unable to attend you can log on to the website at a later time to view the archived presentation.

MONTHLY WEBINAR

 Wednesday, January 24th

Communicating Effectively

When we communicate with others, we make basic assumptions about the messages we are sending, which can result in unintentional miscommunication. We forget that our feelings play a part in how messages are delivered, received and processed. This workshop will help you learn to effectively convey your messages to others in a clear and assertive manner. You will also learn to recognize potential barriers in your current communication patterns.

TO REGISTER:

– Click HERE

– Select the time

– Or – click on “Upcoming Webinars” from the homepage of the website and follow the easy instructions.

e4health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
Username:  middlebury college
Password:    guest
Or call them at: 800-828-6025
(phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

 

Making the Most of Your Medical Insurance Plan: Acute Medical Needs and our Cigna Plan

Have you ever found yourself (or a family member) in need of immediate medical care for an acute, nonemergency medical issue, but couldn’t get in to see your own health care provider because you were out-of-town or the provider’s office was closed or booked? In these situations,  keep in mind that other options are available under Middlebury’s medical benefit plan.

Urgent Care and Walk-in Clinics and Express Care

Many cities and towns now have convenient options such as urgent care, express care, or walk-in care centers which can easily treat minor illnesses or injuries. While any covered service received at a licensed facility may be eligible for reimbursement by our medical plan, do keep in mind that the amount you will pay out-of-pocket may vary greatly depending on two important factors: 1) whether the provider is in- or out-of-network, and 2) whether the facility you visit codes its services using emergency room/urgent care/hospital out-patient or office visit billing codes.

  • You can minimize your out-of-pocket expenses by using in-network providers. Finding in-network facilities is easy and convenient – use the Cigna.com web portal or mobile app (see CIGNA Portal and App Registration for instructions on how to set up your account) and search by location or provider, or simply call the toll free number on the back of your CIGNA ID card and ask for assistance locating a provider near you.
  • Your out-of-pocket costs can also be significantly affected by a variable over which you have less control – how the provider or facility chooses to categorize and code the services for which it bills. If the facility you use codes your visit as an office visit or urgent care clinic visit then, under the terms of our plan, the deductible will not apply and you will be responsible for only 20% of the cost. However, if the facility codes your visit as hospital out-patient or emergency room care then you will have to meet your $300 annual deductible before the insurance will contribute toward the cost of the service(s). For example, here in Middlebury Porter Express Care codes their services as out-patient hospital charges which means if you use Express Care your deductible must be met before our medical plan begins paying. While a visit to Porter Express Care is likely to be less expensive than a trip to the full emergency room do keep in mind that it is also likely be more expensive than a visit to a provider’s office or an urgent care clinic visit.A convenient and cost-effect alternative for obtaining urgent care when your own health care provider is not an option is to use one of Cigna’s telehealth options. From anywhere in the US you can access a licensed medical doctor, 7 days a week/24 hours a day, via phone or video chat, for immediate advice (and a prescription called into a local pharmacy, if medically necessary) about non-emergency issues such as: sinus infections, sore throats, rashes, conjunctivitis, colds and fevers, etc. The total cost of a telehealth visit is $40 and – since there is never a deductible for telehealth services – your out-of-pocket share of the visit (20%) is only $8! Consider setting up your telehealth account now, so that the next time you need medical care while traveling, after hours or when your doctor is not available help is only a couple of clicks or a phone call away. Instructions for setting up a telehealth account can be found here: CIGNA Telehealth Brochure.

–Cheryl Mullins