Health Matters

Health matters logoWelcome to Health Matters, a monthly feature brought to you by Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital and Peconic Landing, showcasing the extensive healthcare and wellness programs and services available on the North Fork. Each edition delves into a diverse range of healthcare topics, offering insights and information to empower our community toward holistic well-being.

UV Safety Month - Sun Safety  |  July 2024
Picture the sun, the sand, and the surf-a perfect summer day on the North Fork. However, amidst the beauty, there lurks a danger: the threat of sunburn and its potential to lead to skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, despite being highly preventable, one in five Americans will face skin cancer by the age of 70.

Mental Health Awareness Month  |  May 2024
May marks Mental Health Awareness Month. lf you're grappling with depression, anxiety, or finding it hard to navigate the world, it's crucial to cultivate coping strategies to weather these challenges.
Janet Jackowski, LCSW-R, CASAC-MC, VP of Behavioral Health and Social Services at Stony Brook Eastern Long lsland Hospital, shares insights on managing mental health.

Navigating Memory Support: Lessons Learned from Peconic Landing's Respite Care Program  |  April 2024
As we reflect on the inaugural year of Peconic Landing's respite program for memory support, it's an opportunity not only to celebrate our milestones but also to share insights and lessons learned
along the way. This new program, available in our award-winning memory support neighborhood Harbor South, provides essential support for individuals living with dementia and their caregivers.

The Vital Role of Hospitalists in Modern Healthcare  |  March 2024
Stepping through the doors of a hospital, patients are enveloped by a dedicated team of medical professionals—doctors, nurses, and healthcare experts—whose collective mission is to address every aspect of their care. Yet amidst this bustling ensemble, one crucial figure often operates behind the scenes, quietly orchestrating the intricate dance of patient management: the hospitalist.

Deciphering Heart Disease Symptoms: Unveiling Gender Differences for Timely Intervention  |  February 2024
Heart disease is a leading cause of death worldwide, claiming millions of lives each year. Amidst the staggering statistics, a crucial aspect often overlooked is the stark contrast in how heart attack symptoms manifest between men and women. As we commemorate American Heart Month, it's important to shed light on these differences, emphasizing the significance of early detection and interventions for optimal heart health.

Tips For Keeping Safe, Happy, And Healthy This Year  |  January 2024
For many people, the start of the new year is a time for all the extras – extended family,  overindulgence, parties and trips, and an unhealthy helping of stress. In the middle of the chaos, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the wonderful moments while staying healthy and happy. Use these tips this winter and all year to stay healthy.

Navigating Stress-Free Holidays  |  December 2023
As the holiday season approaches, the joyous anticipation of festivities can sometimes be accompanied by stress and overwhelm. In the quest for the perfect celebration, it's easy to overlook the importance of self-care and stress management.

Guarding Health: The Vital Role of Infection Prevention at Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital  |  November 2023
At Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital, part of the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system, providing excellent care for our patients begins by creating and cultivating a clean environment for patients and staff.

The Power of Pets for a Healthier You  |  October 2023
October is National Pet Wellness Month: the perfect time to celebrate the furry companions who bring immeasurable joy to our lives.

Are Suicidal Thoughts Common?  |  September 2023
Suicide refers to a death caused by someone injuring themselves with the intent to die. Our experts, Brittain Mahffey, Phd, Director Stony Brook Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program and Suzie Marriott, MS, RN, PMH-BC, Chief Nursing Officer Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital answer your questions.

Peconic Landing Home Health Services: We Take Care of You At Home  |  August 2023
Peconic Landing Home Health Services (PLHHS) is an elite home care agency with the same sterling standards as the award-winning life plan community Peconic Landing.

Sun Safety  |  July 2023
The sun, the sand, the surf. There's nothing more wonderful than a bright summer day on the North Fork until you notice a sunburn that could develop into skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation notes that while skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.

Nurturing Brain Health: Empowering Our Minds During Alzheimer's Month  |  June 2023
June is a month dedicated to raising awareness about brain health and Alzheimer's disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects millions of lives worldwide. To better understand how each of us can prioritize our own cognitive well-being, we spoke with Jennifer Drofenik, Director of Health Services at Peconic Landing.

Tips for Dealing With Mental Health  |  May 2023
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. If you're struggling with depression, anxiety, or having trouble coping with the world around you it's important to have a set of coping mechanisms to get through challenging times.

Preventing Caregiver Burnout  |  April 2023
Caring for a loved one is rewarding but there's no doubt that it can be a challenging and demanding job, both physically and emotionally. Caregivers often work tirelessly to provide support to others but may easily forego their own needs in the process.

What You Need to Know About Vascular Health  |  March 2023
Dr. George Koullias explains the importance of vascular health.

Heart Health Tips for Older Adults  |  February 2023
Each day, your heart pumps approximately 2,000 gallons of blood throughout your body, sending out oxygen and vital nutrients to sustain your well-being. American Heart Month is a great time to focus on your cardiovascular health and implement some lifestyle changes that can make a big impact.

Creating the Center for Well-Being  |  January 2023
Learn about The Center for Well-Being at Peconic Landing | Stony Brook Medicine, how it came to be, and how it offers vital healthcare services on the North Fork and Shelter Island.