Ten years ago this week, I shed the title of physical therapy student and started my first day of work. I stepped through the front doors of a New York area hospital a bit nervous, filled with enthusiasm and a new license in hand.
Today I make home visits, the license has been renewed several times and the enthusiasm is still strong. I’ve had my share of success and of course made mistakes along the way. Before I knew it, one day turned into a year which turned to five and here…
Rising summer temperatures are not only a source of discomfort but can cause heat related illnesses especially in the elderly. Before you head outdoors stay safe by following these essential safety precautions.
1) Check the latest local heat advisories
2) Avoid walking between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — generally the hottest time of the day
3) Begin your daily walk at a slow pace to prevent exhaustion and retreat to a cool place if you start to feel uncomfortable
4) Wear light colored and loose fitting clothing
5) Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids to stay adequately hydrated and pack…
Those living with Rheumatoid Arthritis often have difficulty with daily activities and cooking is no exception. This chronic condition causes inflammation at the joints and surrounding tissues. This can affect your ability to use a cutting board, open jars, carry pots and stand for long periods of time.
But by using certain kitchen tools and modifying your kitchen environment, you can decrease the amount of stress placed on your joints. If you or a loved has Rheumatoid Arthritis, follow these tips to make cooking easier.
Use Adaptive Kitchen Tools
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Installing grab bars in the bathroom are a great way to improve the safety of the older adults in our lives. But there’s more to improving safety than just purchasing a pair of grab bars. Try these helpful tips to improve the safety of your loved one when they’re getting in and out of the tub.
Practice Makes Perfect
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Are you looking for a device that can help your loved one lower his or her risk of falling in the home? How about one that fits in the palm of your hand? Surprisingly this post isn’t about the latest generation of smart phones, but the good old-fashioned nightlight.
I have found that many older adults fall at night simply because adequate and accessible light is not available. A routine trip to the bathroom could potentially result in injury. Unfortunately, in this country, falls related injuries continue to be one…
My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy. I had spent a week assisting with the rebuilding efforts in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina hit. That was the last time I had seen up close the devastation that follows a natural disaster.
As a husband and a father of two young children, there were moments I felt helpless when my home was among many that lost power. Our household is safe, but my condolences go out to those who have lost loved ones.
For about two years, I…
Growing up my group of friends spent time at the local playgrounds trying to figure out if the sneaker with the pump up feature could help you run faster. Our methods weren”t exactly scientific but we eventually came to our senses and figured out that a pair of over priced sneakers won’t make you a better athlete.
However did you know older adults can reduce their risk of falling by choosing the right pair of shoes? Allow me to guide you through some of the key features to look for in a shoe that…
If you’re not sure about which walking device is the right one for a loved one with mobility issues then you’re not alone. There are a numerous amount of choices that available both online and at your local medical supply store.
I have found many people end up choosing the rollator because of its features. This is not surprising when you consider it has a fold down seat, travel basket, four wheels and a set of brakes.
Now before you run out to the store to purchase a rollator you need to understand that it’s not the right device for everyone.…
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We all find moments that are worth celebrating. My favorite memory of this year’s London Olympics actually occurred seconds after the 400 meter semifinal had ended. The winner of the race Kirani James in a show of respect approached Oscar Pistorius who had finished 8th and requested to exchange their official uniform name tags.
You might be wondering why so much attention was given to an athlete who didn’t win a medal? Oscar is a double amputee and uses prosthetic legs to race against some of the world’s fastest runners. His journey to…
Last Monday morning I quietly sat at my new desk waiting for the tech room staff to issue my new laptop and cell phone. The stillness of the morning was quite a contrast to my final week in Queens spent saying goodbye to my seniors and coworkers while trying to wrap up loose ends.
After picking up the new computer and phone I proceeded to make appointments with my new group of seniors. I’ve been looking forward to this moment since I decided to transfer to the new Westchester branch of VNSNY CHOICE.
I’ve always believed in the…