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Chief Executive Officer

Century Health Systems Inc

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Email: j***@***.org

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Century Health Systems Inc

209 West Central Street Suite 316

Natick, Massachusetts 01760

United States

Company Description

Since July 2001, Century Health Systems has been providing a wide variety of health education and wellness promotion programs to MetroWest and beyond. Our experienced staff of Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians, Health Educators, and EMT Director pr ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Chief Executive Officer

Natick Visiting Nurse Association Inc

Education

Bachelor of Science degree

Nursing

University of Pittsburgh

Bachelor of Science degree

Nursing

University of Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania

MBA

Master of Business Administration

Clark University

Master of Science

Public Health

University of Massachusetts

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In The News

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In this entry, we cover what caregivers should know about preventing falls in and around the home with Judith Boyko, MBA, MS, RN, who has served as the CEO of Century Health Systems since it was established in 2001.

Boyko holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Business Administration from Clark University. She has been recognized by the Home & Health Care Association of Massachusetts as Manager of the Year in 1997 and received the Deborah Blumer Community Health Leader Award from the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation in 2007.
Caregiving MetroWest: Why is it so important to safeguard against falls for older adults?
Boyko: Falls are the leading cause of accidents for people over the age of 65, and nearly one-third of this population experiences a fall each year.
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Boyko: There are some safety measures that may minimize the risk of falls outside of the home.
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Boyko: Eighty-five percent (85%) of falls of the over-65 population occur at home.
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Boyko: First, remove scatter rugs.
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Boyko: Keep a clear, well-lit path to the bathroom from the bedroom.
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Boyko: There are myriad tools that can be used in the bathroom to help reduce the risk of falls.
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Boyko: Generally, we suggest that all clothing be properly hemmed; that an individual use a walker or cane to further support him/her physically; that couches be raised, if too low; and that individuals rise slowly from a sitting or lying position, to help avoid dizziness, which often contributes to falls.
CGMW: What other factors contribute to the risk of falls? Boyko: While the aforementioned risk factors are considered extrinsic (outside the body), there are intrinsic factors (within the body) that also add to the risk of falls.
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Boyko: Natick VNA has a program called "Balance Matters," in which one of the VNA's Physical Therapists addresses the very issues presented in this article.


In The News

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In this entry, we cover what caregivers should know about helping their loved ones safely keep track of their medications with Judith Boyko, MBA, MS, RN, who has served as the CEO of Century Health Systems since it was established in 2001.

Boyko holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Business Administration from Clark University. She has been recognized by the Home & Health Care Association of Massachusetts as Manager of the Year in 1997 and received the Deborah Blumer Community Health Leader Award from the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation in 2007.
Caregiving MetroWest: What is meant by the term "medication management"? Boyko: Medication management is a term that outlines the responsibilities of someone who cares for an individual taking multiple medications.
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Boyko: According to VHQC, a health quality consulting company, between 40 percent and 75 percent of older adults "do not take their medications at the right time or in the right amount because of complicating factors such as the number of medications prescribed and the number of providers seen for multiple health problems, as well as other physical and cognitive challenges."
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Boyko: There are several.
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Boyko: We talked about basic pill boxes that may have dividers for each day of the week or month as well as those with timers.
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Boyko: There are medication dispensers on the market that are geared specifically toward people with cognitive impairments like dementia.
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Boyko: Many older adults take medication for a variety of ailments.
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Boyko: A "Brown Bag Checkup" is a wonderful way for people who are taking multiple medications to ensure the medications won't cause issues like the ones mentioned earlier.


In The News

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Providing insight is Judith Boyko, MBA, MS, RN, who has served as the CEO of Century Health Systems since it was established in 2001.

Boyko holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Business Administration from Clark University. She has been recognized by the Home & Health Care Association of Massachusetts as Manager of the Year in 1997 and received the Deborah Blumer Community Health Leader Award from the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation in 2007.
Caregiving MetroWest: What is telemedicine? Boyko: Telemedicine is, according to the American Telemedicine Association, "the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient's clinical health status.
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Boyko: The American Telemedicine Association indicates that there are about 200 "telemedicine networks, with 3,500 service sites in the US.
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Boyko: Natick VNA patients in the telehealth program have their vital signs monitored regularly and receive education about their conditions so they can remain an active participant in their own health.
However, there are additional services available through the use of telehealth technology. The Mayo Clinic, on its website, says that telehealth "includes a variety of health care services, including but not limited to online support groups; online health information and self-management tools; email and online communication with health care providers; electronic health records; remote monitoring of vital signs, such as blood pressure, or symptoms; video or online doctor visits."
CGMW: Who benefits from telemedicine? Boyko: Telemedicine is multi-faceted and benefits a number of groups: the patient, the caregiver and the medical team.
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Boyko: Not typically. However, as the value of telehealth is increasingly understood by insurance carriers, strides are being made in coverage.
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Boyko: When telehealth is utilized, caregivers are alleviated of the burden of having to measure and monitor their loved ones' vital signs on their own. They - and their loved ones - have the benefit of not having to provide transportation to doctor appointments. Many caregivers also bear the financial burden of their loved ones' medical needs; telehealth reduces costs for certain specialty services the patient may have needed.
CGMW: Why should doctors or other healthcare providers use telemedicine? Boyko: Healthcare teams provide better care to their patients via telehealth. How? By working with other providers and specialists to review or discuss findings and readings, thereby reacting to any issues before they become larger health events.
CGMW: Why should patients use telemedicine? Boyko: Patients can take an active role in their health by utilizing telehealth. It reinforces positive behavior and fosters stronger participation in their plan of care.
CGMW: What else should caregivers and their care recipients know about telemedicine? Boyko: First, depending on the monitor type, there may be additional components necessary for in-home use.
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(Judith Boyko can be reached at infonvna@natickvna.org. For additional information, visit www.centuryhealth.org or call (508) 651-1786.)
Judith Boyko, Telehealth, Telemedicine


In The News

www.dco-ma.com [cached]

Providing insight is Judith Boyko, MBA, MS, RN, who has served as the CEO of Century Health Systems since it was established in 2001.

Boyko holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Business Administration from Clark University. She has been recognized by the Home & Health Care Association of Massachusetts as Manager of the Year in 1997 and received the Deborah Blumer Community Health Leader Award from the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation in 2007. She can be reached at info@natickvna.org or 508-651-1786.
Caregiving MetroWest: Winter weather means snow, cold and ice, which in turn means shoveling, salting and sanding. What should you do to make sure the walkways, driveways and steps of your home, or the home of your loved one, are safe? Boyko: The cold, snowy New England winters are especially dangerous for older adults.
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Boyko: Shoveling snow can put a strain on one's back as well as one's heart.
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Boyko: The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that "half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February."
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Boyko: First and foremost, if you or a loved one experiences an emergency, call 911.
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Boyko: If your loved one uses a cane, consider adding winter tips to the bottom so the rubber doesn't slip on the ice. Have trouble getting out of a car?
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Boyko: The U.S Food and Drug Administration recommends that everyone ages six months and older get a flu shot annually.
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Boyko: The Mayo Clinic defines "seasonal affective disorder" (SAD) as "a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons... sapping your energy and making you feel moody."
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Boyko: Juanita Allen Kingsley, Century Health Systems' Director of Business Development, presents a winter safety talk for older adults talk.
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Boyko: Take extra good care of your physical health - eat well and keep moving, whether it's a gentle exercise video you do or walking at the mall with friends.


In The News

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Providing insight is Judith Boyko, MBA, MS, RN, who has served as the CEO of Century Health Systems since it was established in 2001, and Jean Sniffin, RN.

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Boyko holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Business Administration from Clark University. She has been recognized by the Home & Health Care Association of Massachusetts as Manager of the Year in 1997 and received the Deborah Blumer Community Health Leader Award from the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation in 2007. She can be reached at infonvna@natickvna.org.
Many elders fear losing their independence if they give up their car keys; they don't want to have to rely on others for tasks like grocery shopping, going to doctors' appointments, visiting with a friend, or even going to the movies.
Caregiving MetroWest: So, when should you be worried about a parent or older loved one driving? Boyko: Many factors must be taken into account when considering limiting a loved one's driving.
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Boyko: Several normal conditions of aging contribute to an individual's decreased ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
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Boyko: The Hartford also says that drivers over the age of 75 are at higher risk for a collision each mile driven. In fact, "for older drivers, the rate of fatalities increases slightly after age 65 and significantly after age 75. This higher rate is due to the increased inability to withstand the physical trauma that often occurs with age."
CGMW: How do you discuss driving issues or no longer driving with a parent or older loved one? Boyko: It's a tough conversation to have.
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Boyko: If this is the case, you'll have to take matters into your own hands, so to speak.
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Boyko: In MetroWest, there are a number of transportation options for older adults:
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Boyko: Imagine your own children suggesting that you no longer drive; the roles are now reversed - your children are acting as the parents, and you become the child. Not such a great feeling.

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