Anxiety about the first day of school is not limited to kindergarteners and children starting a new school. Younger children, even those with a year or two of school behind them, may experience a new or repeat bout of separation anxiety, and children of any age are often apprehensive about the unknown: a new teacher, new classmates and new academic challenges. “Anxiety is normal and understandable at any time of change or transition, including the beginning of a new school year,” says Dr Carly Orenstein of Morris Psychological Group, located in Parsippany, N.J. “Children worry about things that are unfamiliar and about things they haven’t mastered yet. ‘What if I don’t know the answers? Will my teacher be nice? Who will I play with at recess?’ “Parents should be alert to the signs of anxiety and help children overcome their worries with some simple strategies that will ease the transition into the new year for the whole family.”
For only the second time since the Rotary Club of Newtown has undertaken sponsorship of children in need of heart surgery, through the Newtown Initiative of the Rotary International Gift of Life Program, local members were able to meet face-to-face with children they are helping. On Monday, August 18, Newtown Rotary members Pat Caruso, Mike Toll, and Tom McKirdy greeted 13-year-old Arben Lajqi of Peja, Kosova, and 2-year-old Leona Hoti of Rahovec, Kosova. The two children had arrived in the United States July 28. Originally scheduled for heart surgery earlier this month at St Francis Hospital on Long Island, where they are staying with local Rotary members there, the surgery had been delayed to August 20. Rotary Club of Newtown members had the opportunity to spend time with the children and their families.
Coco Song eyewear is a new designer brand that will be showcasing the latest frames at Danbury Eye Physicians & Surgeons Thursday, August 21, from 3 to 6:30 pm, at 69 Sand Pit Road. According to a release, Coco Song eyewear was created in Italy and inspired by the Chinese culture. The designer eyewear is known for using unusual materials such as leaves, silks, feathers, lace, gems, semiprecious stones, and flowers that are inserted into layers on the frames by skilled artisans.
The Sound Center will host the “Wellness for Your Spirit Summer Festival and Fair” on Saturday, August 9, from 3 to 7 pm. The event will feature local vendors, music, and healing arts programs. Workshops will be offered to highlight the upcoming fall program line-up. Classes and demonstrations will be held in hypnosis, belly dance, various types of yoga, mindful meditation for adults and teens (MSBR), nutrition, Reiki, Kirtan, and psychic/intuitive readings. A fireside drum circle will end the festival at sunset.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr and Health District Director Donna Culbert are both praising a recent unanimous State Board of Education resolution encouraging Connecticut public schools to provide students with training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automated external defibrillators.
An employee of Sophia Natural Health Center in Brookfield will present a free lecture at C.H. Booth Library on Wednesday, July 30, at 7 pm. Kenneth Hoffman, medical director for Sophia, will present “Introduction to Chinese Medicine and Women’s Health” in conjunction with his book, Essential Remedies for Women’s Health — What Every Woman Needs To Know to Heal, Prevent Chronic Disease, and Design a Plan for a Healthier Lifestyle. Mr Hoffman will speak about holistic approaches and natural alternatives to women’s health related to hormone imbalances, menopause, osteoporosis, heart and breast health, weight loss, and stress.
STORRS — Summer comes with the New England outdoor enthusiast’s nemesis — the tick. These disease-carrying arachnids enjoy moist areas with long grass and will latch onto humans and animals alike. If you find a tick on yourself, your child, or your pet, remove it immediately. The Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (CVMDL) can test the tick for pathogens.
The Sandy Hook Promise Foundation Community Fund will host the 2014 second annual Newtown Yoga Festival on Saturday, August 23. The event will run from 9 am to 4 pm, and will again be presented at NYA Sports & Fitness Center. The festival has been designed to promote a positive well-being, health and community in an effort to help the people of Newtown move forward. Last year’s yoga festival, which featured world-renowned yoga teachers Seane Corn and Beryl Bender Birch, was enormously successful, and drew hundreds of residents from the Newtown community. There will be adult yoga classes led by renowned yoga instructors, local health and wellness vendors, fresh culinary delights, live music and kids’ activities featuring children’s yoga with Newtown resident Karen Pierce.
A full week before “Arthur” was named the first tropical storm of the 2014 hurricane season, Connecticut sharpened its readiness skills by involving virtually every community, dozens of state agencies, utilities, hospitals, and hundreds of emergency responders in a “Category 1” preparedness drill June 21 and 23. On the morning of June 23, Newtown’s Emergency Management Director William Halstead gathered in Newtown’s Emergency Operations Center with colleagues from most of the town’s major departments — Public Works, Police, Parks and Recreation, IT, Emergency Communications, and the Health District. A few days later, Health District Director Donna Culbert joined Mr Halstead, who is also the Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue chief, issuing a refreshed report they hope all residents and local business owners will review and use if necessary.
During her long journalism career, which included producing The Newtown Bee’s quarterly Health Monitor, former associate editor Kaaren Valenta learned a lot about many conditions and maladies affecting individuals here in town and across the globe. But she never envisioned herself in retirement, becoming the primary caretaker for an elderly aunt who was afflicted with one of the most rare forms of aphasia. June is National Aphasia Awareness Month, and according to the National Aphasia Association (NAA), the condition creates impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. Aphasia can be so severe as to make communication with the patient almost impossible, or it can be very mild. It may affect mainly a single aspect of language use, such as the ability to retrieve the names of objects, or the ability to put words together into sentences, or the ability to read, the NAA website states.