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Let’s Talk

The coronavirus pandemic and the threat of serious illness are encouraging conversations about care preferences and end-of-life wishes. Regardless of your age or health status, now is the time to start talking about your healthcare goals and making sure that you have clearly outlined your preferences.

We are all in this together. Do your part today by making your advance care plan. This will not only help you, it will help your family, your friends, and your medical providers. For information about how to make a medical plan during COVID-19, visit:

If you have any questions or need help with your Advance Directive, please call us at 1-888-300-8853.

Panel discussion about dementia and caring for a loved one with dementia featuring:

  • Barbara Lazar, MD – Hospice Medical Director, Bayada
  • Amanda Fay, MSN, RN – Manager of Clinical Education and Evidence Based Practice at Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire
  • Mick Byers – Manager at Valley Terrace Assisted Living

When it comes to stroke, every second counts! Know the signs and symptoms of stroke so that you can take quick action and perhaps save a life.

Topics of this virtual presentation include: what a stroke is, why strokes happen, how to recognize when a stroke is happening, what to do if you or someone else is experiencing a stroke, and what we can all do to prevent strokes from happening.

Spending more time outside? Beware of ticks! May marks the start of peak tick season in New England.

The chances of contracting a tick borne illness is very high in the Vermont and New Hampshire. According to the Vermont Department of Health, Vermont has the second highest rate of reported Lyme disease cases in the U.S. Tick borne illnesses are not only treatable, but most are preventable.

This presentation aims to prepare you to fully enjoy the great outdoors all year long. Topics will include: types of ticks and the diseases they carry, how to identify symptoms that you may experience after a bite, and how to be proactive in preventing tick bites.

Sharon Giguere, Community Relations and Marketing Manager at VNH and Mark Melendy, Attorney at Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C. discuss tax breaks for 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic when making charitable donations. He will also answer other questions related to tax breaks and charitable giving. To make a donation, visit

Grieving the loss of a loved one is difficult and challenging at any time of year, but the holidays often magnify one’s sense of loss. Hear from VNH Spiritual Care Counselors Rev. Lava Mueller, Gary Shapiro, and Heidi Smith about managing grief through the holidays, the feelings that people may experience during holidays in a pandemic, and the importance of celebrating the holiday season despite the pandemic. To learn more, visit

Join VNH Business Development Manager, Shannon Vera and Clinical Director, Dr. Cheryl Wilke from Headrest of the Upper Valley as they discuss the signs of substance misuse in seniors and the resources in our community to help those you love become substance-free. If you are worried about a loved one it can be difficult to bring your concerns up to them, but we are here to help you through those difficult conversations.

Join VNH and the American Heart Association New Hampshire as we discuss how to keep your heart healthy and steps you can take to prevent heart disease. Through fundraising, education, and awareness, the American Heart Association is transforming health care and transforming communities. To learn more about keeping your heart healthy, visit

Facebook Live

Sharon Giguere, Community Relations and Marketing Manager at VNH, talks with Timothy Caldwell, Counselor at Law at Caldwell Law about estate planning and planned giving. Tim has 26 years of experience in the Upper Valley and since 1997, has concentrated his practice on estate planning and settlement.

Topics covered in the Facebook Live webinar include:

  • How to make a planned gift
  • Different types of planned gifts
  • When should I start looking at a planned gift?
  • Can I make a planned gift in my estate?

Learn more about VNH and what it is like to provide essential home-based care in our communities in this Facebook Live Q&A.

Caring for people in their home is very different than in a clinic or hospital setting, and can be extremely rewarding, but also a little scary for those who have never worked in this setting. Learn more about the unique ways VNH supports staff in this Facebook Live Q&A.

Learn more about VNH and what it is like to provide essential home-based care in our communities in this Facebook Live Q&A. During this session, we will be highlighting our hospice program.

In this segment of Let’s Talk VNH and Dartmouth Centers for Health & Aging discuss social isolation and how it affects mental health. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been forced to quarantine alone for extended periods of time. This can cause feelings of loneliness and depression. We are here to let you know you are not alone in these feelings and help you learn how to overcome them.

Sit with Age Well’s registered dietician Brigitte Harton and VNH community liaison Terry Hyland and learn how you can affordably prepare your own healthy meals at home.

Featuring Dr. Erin Barnett from the Giesel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, we’ll discuss managing children’s anxiety in the mists of a global pandemic and determine “what’s normal” and what you can do to help your kids with their anxiety.

Live with Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging about the power of nutrition and how healthy eating can help improve a variety of diseases.

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