Exercise for your health and well being
Carola Lott

Exercise is essential for both our bodies and our minds. Not only does it keep us healthy, fit, and feeling well, but it is known to relieve anxiety and depression. And, of course, it helps us to lose weight. Nevertheless many of us fail to exercise as often as we should. Some of us don’t exercise at all.79

Ray Goncalves leads a stretch class at Custom Training

Fortunately there are several excellent facilities the area to help us get started on a fitness regime. In this first of a series, we will describe two of them here in Millbrook. 


Amy and George Corso at CorsoFit

We welcome you to our new Health & Wellness page, the first of a series that we expect will become a staple of The Millbrook Independent. We have already found that the depth and breadth of this subject is far greater than we could imagine.  There are many avenues to explore, many stories to tell; we have a rich menu of offerings.  It is like finding a new world.   We had already to begun to explore this field when we began Dan Brown’s series on nutrition, a subset of Health & Wellness.  We welcome your comments, suggestions and ideas in our continuing experiment to prove the value of a small town newspaper. 


“We see everything here that you see on television emergency-room shows. Everything and more,” says Jean Walsh, MS, FNP-C, a trauma nurse practitioner and trauma coordinator at the George T. Whalen Family Trauma Center at St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers in Poughkeepsie. 

For trauma victims the vast experience and capability of this impressive facility is indeed a blessing. St. Francis’s emergency department was recently renovated and expanded, bringing it to state-of-the art status. The trauma unit has been designed to provide topflight patient care in every detail. 


The option of hospice
Carola Lott

Although people have been dying for a very long time, death is seldom discussed, especially in America. We hope that if we don’t talk about it, perhaps it won’t happen. But, of course, it will. 

This is often why many people endure unnecessary pain and suffering in their final days. Doctors are trained to prolong life at all costs, even if doing so means a diminished quality of life for the patient. A 2011 study in The Lancet showed that nearly a third of older people were hospitalized for surgery in the last year of their lives—many during their final three months, some even during the final week of their life. These end-of-life procedures, most of them of no help to the patient, consume nearly a quarter of all the money spent on Medicare. Quite often the patient’s own wish for less aggressive care is ignored.



There was a time when going to a doctor’s appointment meant you saw a physician. A nurse usually settled you into the exam room and took your vitals.  Today, however, many aspects of your medical care may be covered by an advanced practitioner—either a physician assistant (PA) or a nurse practitioner (NP, or APRN)—sometimes referred to as “physician extenders.” As Evan Rashkoff, M.D., of Sharon Orthopedic Associates, notes, “Physician extenders are part of medicine now.”



Clarifying a confusing world

Health insurance. Those words were once so reassuring. Even if health insurance could not insure your good health, you could at least count on its paying most, if not all, of the expenses of your medical care, and at a reasonable cost to you. But nowadays the health safety net offers far less reassurance—even for the lucky people who have employer-provided health insurance or for those who pay handsomely for a private plan. 

This article is the first in a series clarifying the increasingly confusing world of health insurance. Future articles will explain the alphabet soup of POS, EOB, HMO, and PPO as well as the meaning of “deductibles” and “co-pays,” how to deal with denials of claims and finding your way through the Medicare maze.