Better Hearing & Speech Month 2018

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM). The annual observance provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in providing life-altering treatment.

The theme for 2018 is "Communication for All." ASHA offers a wealth of resources to help audiologists and speech-language pathologists celebrate all month long.

May Is National Osteoporosis Month

National Osteoporosis Month in May is led by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), which hopes you will join in celebrating bone health.

The foundation provides a wealth of tools and resources to encourage people to build strong bones and prevent or manage osteoporosis. Critical elements in building peak bone mass and maintaining bone strength throughout our lives include a healthy diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, calcium and vitamin D, as well as weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise.

Blue Ridge PACE Receives Community Service Award

Blue Ridge PACE, in Charlottesville, VA, was presented with the 2018 Community Service Award by the Beta Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International on April 26 at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing.

Dr. J. Eugene Lammers Named AGS Clinician of the Year

J. Eugene Lammers, MD, MPH, FACP, AGSF, medical director at Mercy LIFE of Alabama, has been named 2018 Clinician of the Year by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). He will be honored at the 2018 AGS Annual Scientific Meeting next month in Orlando, FL.

Sonja Felton Named Executive Director of Huron Valley PACE

Sonja Felton, MPA, MSW, has accepted the position of executive director at Huron Valley PACE.

“My goal is to lead Huron Valley PACE to new heights of success and elevation,” she said. “I am excited about the opportunity to expand our organization, become a leader in elder health care in our community, become a nationally recognized PACE organization, and provide visionary leadership to the organization.”

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day Is March 14

March is National Nutrition Month®, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to return to the basics of healthful eating. March is also when the academy celebrates Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, honoring the contributions and expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) as the food and nutrition experts. This year, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day is March 14.

St. Paul's PACE Opens East Center in El Cajon

A ribbon-cutting celebration for a new location of St. Paul’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) was held on Feb. 23. The St. Paul’s PACE East Center will open in El Cajon, CA, in early March.

The new center will serve as an extension of the two existing St. Paul’s PACE locations in downtown San Diego and Chula Vista.

Volunteerism at Fallon Health Benefits Underserved Populations

Fallon Health, based in Worcester, MA, advanced its commitment to addressing health care barriers in underserved populations with a robust year of employee volunteerism and strategic financial support.

Fallon employees contributed thousands of volunteer hours last year to address health care challenges of at-risk populations. That was in addition to the other giving initiatives of the organization, which include grants, hunger relief funding and sponsorships to more than 250 organizations across the state.

Lutheran Senior LIFE at Jersey City Appoints New Leadership

Lutheran Senior LIFE at Jersey City, in New Jersey, has appointed two key members to its leadership team. Ritu Suri, MD, CMD, is the new medical director, and Christine Lesicko, RN, BSN, MBA, has been named vice president and executive director. Lutheran Senior LIFE is a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) that delivers health care services to Hudson County seniors with chronic care needs.

On Lok Lifeways Opens Second PACE Center in San Jose

To help address the growing need for more senior health care services in Silicon Valley, On Lok Lifeways is opening a second PACE center in San Jose, CA. A public ribbon-cutting ceremony and guided tours are scheduled for Jan. 25. The Bay Area-based nonprofit now will have the capacity to serve more than 350 nursing home-eligible senior residents in Santa Clara County across two sites.


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