Parish Nurse

Wisdom from Nurse Pat Shapiro, Parish Nurse

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Dementia is an umbrella term to describe a decline in mental ability which is severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia making up 60-80% of the cases. The cause of Alzheimer’s disease is not fully understood but there are steps you can take to maintain brain health.  These include exercising on a regular basis (30 minutes most days of the week), and controlling blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose and weight.  Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, and lean meat.  Stay connected with others. Challenge yourself by learning something new every day with puzzles, games, reading, or hobbies. Protect your brain from injury through use of helmets, seat belts, and fall prevention.  Strive for 7-9 hours of sleep each night.  Do these health guidelines sound familiar?  Researchers will be watching those who complain of “Post Covid Brain Fog”.

WI Women’s Health Foundation will be offering several online Grapevine programs during June and July.  If interested, contact please me and I will mail you the information to register.

I will be out of the office from the afternoon of June 15 through the July 4th holiday. Some of the time I will be out of town. For emergencies, please call the church office.