The St. John's Health Ministry is an intentional ministry focusing on both healing and health,
combining the ancient traditions of the Christian community and the knowledge and tools of modern health care. The St. John's
Health Ministry was established in October 2000. Our focus is providing health education, and helping the congregation in
maintaining a healthy life style. We are proud to be a part of the St. John's Episcopal Church Ministries. Activities
include: - Regular blood pressure monitoring - Health questions answered - Conducting Workshops - Links to Health Sites (Coming Soon)
St. John's Episcopal Church
MEMBERS: Monica Leslie-Harrison, Cynthia Stephens, Jennifer
Weekes, Eutrice Belfon, Sybil Jeffrey, Missing From Picture: Eleanor
Robinson, Cecile Lindsay-Smith
Our Healthcare Ministry in conjunction with Iyabo Fadairo, Esq of St. John's held an Advance
Directives workshop this past Sunday, November 9th after mass to address various strategies we can take in preparation for
end of life. The workshop focused on barriers one may encounter without an advanced directive; specifically written and valid
instructions or witnessed oral discussions were among some of the topics discussed. The team shared with those in attendance
a checklist that will assist those settling an estate as well as a list of items we will need to focus on when completing
our estate planning. Thanks to those in attendance for their participation and lively discussion. Again thanks to the Health
Ministry and Iyabo Fadairo, Esq. for taking time to discuss this special topic with our parishioners. Note: We would like
to welcome our newest member of the Health Ministry, Cecile Lindsay-Smith.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2013
ST JOHN'S HEALTHCARE MINISTRY PRESENTED IT'S ALZHEIMER'S
DISEASE WORKSHOP ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2013 AFTER MASS.
Presenters: E. Belfon, S. Jeffrey M. Leslie-Harrison, E.
Moore, E. Robinson, C. Stephens
Objectives: To define Alzheimer's.
Discuss current treatment and future development.
Discuss impact on caregivers.
Symptoms of Alzheimer's
The most common
early symptom of Alzheimer's is difficulty remembering newly learned information.
• Just like the rest of our
bodies, our brains change as we age. Most of us eventually notice some slowed thinking and occasional problems with remembering
certain things. However, serious memory loss, confusion and other major changes in the way our minds work may be a sign that
brain cells are failing.
• The most common early symptom of Alzheimer's is difficulty remembering newly learned
information because Alzheimer's changes typically begin in the part of the brain that affects learning. As Alzheimer's
advances through the brain it leads to increasingly severe symptoms, including disorientation, mood and behavior changes;
deepening confusion about events, time and place; unfounded suspicions about family, friends and professional caregivers;
more serious memory loss and behavior changes; and difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking.
• People with memory
loss or other possible signs of Alzheimer's may find it hard to recognize they have a problem. Signs of dementia may be
more obvious to family members or friends. Anyone experiencing dementia-like symptoms should see a doctor as soon as possible
Alzheimer's and the brain
Microscopic changes in the brain begin long before the
first signs of memory loss.
The brain has 100 billion nerve cells (neurons). Each nerve cell connects with many others
to form communication networks. Groups of nerve cells have special jobs. Some are involved in thinking, learning and remembering.
Others help us see, hear and smell.
To do their work, brain cells operate like tiny factories. They receive supplies,
generate energy, construct equipment and get rid of waste. Cells also process and store information and communicate with other
cells. Keeping everything running requires coordination as well as large amounts of fuel and oxygen.
Alzheimer's disease prevents parts of a cell's factory from running well. They are not sure where the trouble starts.
But just like a real factory, backups and breakdowns in one system cause problems in other areas. As damage spreads, cells
lose their ability to do their jobs and, eventually die, causing irreversible changes in the brain.
Happy 85th Anniversary St. John's!
From The Health Ministry
HEALTHCARE MINISTRY OF ST JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH -SPRINGFIELD
GARDENS - QUEENS
SALUTES ST JOHN'S ON THE 85TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR OF THE CHURCH.(10/11-10/12).
We also want to give you a peek into our
evolvement over the last 12 years. A quote from Mother Teresa best describes our Ministry - '"Small things done with
great love bring joy and peace" The Healthcare Ministry was established in October of 2000. This was part of the vision
of the second Rector of St John's, The Reverend Gerald Shelton Collins, who saw the need. There were six members, including
Catherine Ammons who has since re-located to another State; Agnes Tull, now deceased; Edith Moore, Sybil Jeffrey members;
Monica Leslie-Harrison and Cynthia Stephens, Chair and Co- Chair. Click Link Below
For More Details
On this page we will provide links to various resources. We may include
topics and articles that will further educate you on important health issues, or provide a little entertainment.