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Vaccines and the Common Good

One Monday morning in January, I was perusing the New Hampshire Union Leader online and expected to read more dire news about Covid-19 and its impact on our community, nation and world. Then, I saw a ray of sunshine! The headline announced, “Pope Francis plans to get vaccine, calling it an ethical obligation.” The opening paragraph read, “Pope Francis says that he will soon receive a coronavirus vaccination, perhaps as early as next week, while calling the inoculation a duty for everyone.” He was later quoted as saying the vaccine is “a light of hope in this time of darkness.” As if his own personal witness was not enough, the pope went on to say, “If doctors offer it to you as something that can work, that poses no special risk, why not take it? There is a suicidal denialism that I wouldn’t know how to explain, but today you need to take the vaccine.”

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St. Joseph Hospital Leads Adoption of Age-Friendly Health System

According to the Age-Friendly Health System, seven to eight million baby boomers will be more than 65 years old by 2030. In addition, 80 percent of them will have one chronic ailment and 75 percent will be managing two chronic ailments.

“The statistics around the health of our aging population are sobering,” shares Glory Wabe, MSN, RN, CRRN, a clinical nurse manager at St. Joseph Hospital Rehabilitation Center. “Happily, St. Joe’s looked at them as an opportunity to adopt the Age-Friendly Healthcare System, which differentiates us from other hospitals, while also aligning with our mission to provide healing and care for the whole person in service to all in our communities.” Wabe has been responsible for spearheading the program’s implementation.

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