Health Beat: ‘Living Life to its Fullest’

06/14/2014 7:00 AM |
Riverhead Free Library

Riverhead Free Library is hosting ‘Living Life to its Fullest!’ on June 17.

• Peconic Bay Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation presents ‘Living Life to its Fullest!’ — a forum on enriching your life through purposeful activities — Tuesday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to noon at Riverhead Free Library. Occupational therapists will discuss ways to resume or begin activities that may seem out of reach due to disability, illness or impairment. To register, call 727-3228 or visit riverheadlibrary.org.

• The June employee of the month at Peconic Landing in Greenport is certified nursing assistant Yira Tejada, who has been with the life-care community for almost two years. In a release, executive vice president/administrator Gregory Garrett described Ms. Tejada as “a caring, compassionate person whose first concern is our residents.” He said she “makes a very tough job seem easy” and “can always be counted on to do more than her fair share.” Mr. Garrett also noted that she is “upbeat and positive no matter what” and said she mentors and trains new aides at Peconic Landing “because she is someone we would like them to emulate.”

• A support group for caregivers who look after the elderly or chronically ill will meet Tuesday, June 17, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Southold Town Senior Center on Pacific Street in Mattituck. Call 298-4460 for information.

• Enrollment is open for Peconic Bay Medical Center’s 2014 summer junior volunteer program, an opportunity for young adults ages 15 to 17 to do volunteer work alongside doctors and nurses in a modern hospital environment while giving back to their community. Volunteers will work 40 hours, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 14-18 and 21-15, and must attend all sessions. A physical exam and blood work will be required for participants, as will interviews, which must take place by June 25. Applicants 16 and younger will also need working papers. To enroll, call Lynne LaGrua, director of volunteer services, at 631-548-6021.

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