Community Wellness

The key to good health is prevention!

We maintain strong partnerships with local health departments, school systems, senior centers, and municipalities to provide wellness programs and emergency preparedness.

Our community outreach programs, support groups and community wellness programs are supported by the generous donations of individuals, grants and corporate sponsors.
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For more information call and speak with our Community Nurse Jill Hart at 860-354-2216.

Health Education Talks

Looking for a speaker for your next event? Our highly skilled team of Nurses, Therapists, Dieticians and Social Workers are available to present programs on the following topics. Click on a topic to learn more.

To schedule a health education talk or inquire about a particular need, please contact Jill Hart at 860-354-2216 or by email at

A light discuss on memory impairments and short term vs long term memory function, how stress and sleep affect the brain and simple tasks/exercises to improve brain plasticity.

A brief description of the heart, with symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure and Atrial Fibrillation. Stress, diet, and lifestyle habits and changes that affect your heart.

Common causes of insomnia and sleep problems in older adults. Poor sleep habits and sleep environment. These include irregular sleep hours, consumption of alcohol before bedtime, and falling asleep with the television on.

Proper functions of the lungs and the related breathing processes. Although COPD is the fourth leading cause of the death in the United States, many Americans are not familiar with this acronym. Standing for “chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” COPD is characterized by chronic airflow limitation in the lungs. Most often a combination of two diseases – chronic bronchitis and emphysema – this umbrella term also includes diseases such as chronic asthma and severe bronchiectasis.

The difference between Palliative care and Hospice. Both palliative care and hospice care provide comfort.
But palliative care can begin at diagnosis and at the same time as treatment. Hospice care begins after treatment of the disease is stopped and when it is clear that the person is not going to survive the illness.

PowerPoint and hands on presentation

  • Review types of adaptive equipment available with estimated costs. Speaker will present to audience who would befit from using adaptive equipment to reduce fatigue, joint protection, and safety in performing every day activities.
  • Demonstration on how to adapt basic household items to facilitate tasks. Speaker will discuss purchase of items off the shelf that are already adapted vs expensive equipment.
  • Open discussion to determine need for adaptive equipment and benefits. Questions and “out of the box” problem solving welcome.

A New Milford VNA physical therapist will the discussion on proper posture and how it can positively affect the body. Following the discussion, the physical therapist will provide 10 minute appointment’s to assess one’s posture and to provide individualized education and counseling.

Did you know that 1 in 3 American’s fall every year? 1 out of 5 of these falls causes serious injury such as broken bones or head injury. Further, each year 2.5 million older people are treated in the emergency room. A New Milford VNA therapist will lead the discussion on how to reduce your risk of falling.

Healthy cooking for one presentation with in-season fresh foods.

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common problems people face in their 70’s and 80’s. One of the most important things you can do is tell people who would be taking care of you what you want for medical care if you were to develop worsening dementia.  A New Milford VNA social worker will help answer your questions.

The Five Wishes document is an advance directive that is often called a ‘living will with a heart and soul’ because it covers delicate conversations such as how you want to be comforted, who you want as your caregivers, and specific situations to help you define what life support means to you. Participants will receive the document and review in detail with a New Milford VNA social worker.

A New Milford VNA therapist will present how to protect your joints in your everyday life and how to avoid join injuries.

A New Milford VNA social worker will lead the discussion on how to declutter your home and why parting with belongings can be so difficult.

Emotional ties to clutter: If you hold onto every birthday card, paper drunk umbrella, souvenir and inherited item, you might have an emotional tie to clutter. Join us for an interactive discussion about how work through your feelings about your sentimental belongings. Discover the freedom of decluttering your lie.

Good communication is the key to successful relationships. Talking with your adult children can be wonderful, risky, difficult, and exciting! Have you felt any of these emotions when you talk with your adult children? Anger, fear, frustration, annoyance? Share with others and learn ways to improve communication between you and your adult children so you can truly enjoy your time with them. Led by a New Milford VNA social worker.

The most common causes of vision loss among the elderly are age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataract and diabetic retinopathy. Our eyes exhibit age-related changes in performance as we age – particularly as we reach our 60’s and beyond.

Aging increases the risk of kidney and bladder problems such as: bladder control issues, leakage or urinary incontinence (not being able to hold your urine), or urinary retention (not being able to completely empty your bladder), bladder and other urinary tract infections (UTI).

Signs and symptoms, and dietary management. Seniors are at a greater risk for developing diabetes. Simply put, elderly people have been exposed to sugar longer than other generations of people, so their chances of developing hyperglycemia – “abnormally high” blood glucose levels – and ultimately, type 2 diabetes is greater.

Sunlight carries a risk of skin cancer. Overexposure to UV light is the biggest risk factor for skin cancer. UV exposure also carries a number of other damaging effects for skin, causing sunburn, wrinkles, discoloration, and lost elasticity. 

Social isolation and loneliness are associate with increased mortality in older adults. Social isolation also has been linked to other adverse health effects including dementia, increased risk for hospital readmission and increased risk of falls.

How well do you know what your partner does on a daily basis? Do you know what tasks they get to accomplish that you do not have to? Do you know what to do if they were not there for you one day? A fun, interactive workshop in a game like format. We promise that you may find out something new about your partner.

September is sepsis awareness month. A New Milford VNA nurse will lead the discuss about what you need to know about sepsis as well as preparing for the fall and winter seasons.

A discussion on how to deal with an upcoming holiday season as you face it alone. Learn ways to cope that include how to create new traditions or return to old ones. Talk with others in similar situations, network, and offer your wisdom in what has worked for you so far. 

A New Milford VNA therapist will be present to review group exercise programs and to ensure they are being done correctly to reduce risk of injury.

Winter is such a mixed blessing. For some it’s a time to burrow in and finish many household projects left undone during the previous year or an opportunity to explore new interests. However, for many of us the winter is difficult. The cold, the ice, the lack of sun, the early nightfall, heavy clothing, the difficulty getting around for errands or to socialize all contribute to a sense of melancholy and sadness which sometimes is very hard to shake.

A discussion about the differences between the flu and the common cold, hot to protect yourself, and treatment options.

Have you found yourself in a new situation, taken a new class, moved to a new area, downsized from your home, become a widow/er, or simply find yourself in a challenging season? Join this conversation to meet others in a similar situation, pick up a few tips that perhaps may make life a bit less of a challenge. Discussion led by a New Milford VNA social worker.

Vaccines & Immunizations

New Milford VNA offers an array of vaccines and immunizations for all ages.

To schedule an appointment or inquire about a particular need, please contact Jill Hart at 860-354-2216 or by email at

Current list of vaccines and immunizations offered

  • Influenza
  • Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23 (Pneumonia)
  • Shringix (Shingles)
  • Tdap (Tetanus Diptheria Pertussis) / Whooping Cough
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)

Wellness Clinics

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure plays a role in many serious health conditions, yet it often has no symptoms.  To help you keep track of your numbers, New Milford VNA offers free blood pressure screenings each month at the following locations. 

To schedule a Blood Pressure clinic or inquire about a particular need, please contact Jill Hart at 860-354-2216 or by email at

2nd Tuesday of the month from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Bridgewater Senior Center
(860) 355-3090

Butterbook: 2nd Thursday of the month from 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Glen Ayre: 2nd Thursday of the month from 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

1st Tuesday of the month from 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM

1st Wednesday of the month from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Kent Senior Center
(860) 927-1003

Every Wednesday of the month from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Lunch & Learn: 4th Wednesday of the month from 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

New Milford Senior Center
(860) 355-6075

2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Roxbury Senior Center
(860) 210-0056

2nd Monday of the month from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Sherman Senior Center
(860) 354-2414

Know Your Numbers

Know Your Numbers clinics are 10 minute screenings that include a blood pressure reading, height and weight, waist measurement, and BMI measurement. Non-fasting cholesterol and blood sugar levels will be taken via finger stick. A diabetic risk assessment will also be conducted.

To schedule a Know Your Numbers clinic or inquire about a particular need, please contact Jill Hart at 860-354-2216 or by email at

Upcoming Events