It’s Snowing…..

smcternan February 16th, 2014, 11:49 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Another  day of school at home, and a day at home doing what? Well most kids are not complaining about not going to school, but I can safely say that my kids have caught up (sufficiently) on deprived sleep.

We have also shoveled and dug out from snow bound homes, apartments and cars many times over now. Shoveling is hard work, and it is not the type of work that gets you in shape. Shoveling stresses your back more than anything.

On the other hand, snow forts and snow people and snowball fights…

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Car Crash Safety

smcternan February 9th, 2014, 8:34 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Families rely on transportation from trains, planes and automobiles to get to ALL the places they need to go. The laws regarding car seats provided what research has found to be the safest way to get to your destination. That is if you use it and use it correctly. Deaths of children in car crashes has decreased by an incredible 43% in the USA(CDC 2002-20011 data). Of the 9000 children who died in auto accidents in the year 2011 many could have been prevented by using appropriate

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Seniors Have Roomies, Too.

jsantamaria January 17th, 2014, 8:33 AM
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roommatesHave you ever considered combating loneliness by sharing your living space with someone else?  Brain studies prove that the more social we are, the longer we live—and the better quality of life we enjoy.  In one study, researchers at Harvard Medical School followed nearly 45,000 people who had heart disease or were at high risk of developing it. The four-year study found that those who lived alone were more likely to die from heart attack, stroke or other heart-related problems than those who lived with others.

Many seniors live alone after divorce or…

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A Day in the Life of a Shark

smcternan August 17th, 2013, 10:27 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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A friend was recently fishing along the New Jersey coast and caught five Brown Sharks, on one day, and no it was not all the same shark. As he fished off the beach-not that far from a large group of swimmers, they were there and there were many. The experienced fisherman informed me they are harmless but so close  to swimmers, we are in their territory. What have you ocean swimmers learned? Like all wild creatures they have skills that help them survive and when provoked  those skills come into…

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Helpful Tips To Improve Bathroom Safety

jjue March 5th, 2013, 11:11 AM
Jeffrey Jue, PT, Rehabilitation Consultant
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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.

Concentration Counts

  • Getting in and out of the tub requires concentration
  • Your loved one may need help in the bathroom if they have difficulty with attention or concentration

Practice Makes Perfect

  • Practice using newly installed grab bars…
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The Glorious Word “No”

smcternan February 9th, 2013, 9:00 PM
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Flashback to your childhood and recall what your parents would say to you if you were about to do something that could cause harm to yourself, like climb out of the crib or venture into the street. It was usually a resounding, “No!” They were trying to protect you, and you may or may not have known it then but it was for your own good. Today, it seems children rarely hear the word no.

Some parents, when put to the test, will say they want their child to figure it out,…

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Prevent Falls with a Nightlight

jjue January 25th, 2013, 9:12 AM
Jeffrey Jue, PT, Rehabilitation Consultant
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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…

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Preparing Your Children After a Disaster

smcternan November 5th, 2012, 11:24 AM
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As we see from everything that is happening in New York City after Superstorm Sandy, getting back to “normal” after a storm is difficult. However, if you have children, it is vital for you to give them a sense of normalcy while preparing them for changes.

For your kids, schools may be closed and power may take days to return, but remind them that the situation is temporary and will get better.

If your kids are healthy and it’s safe to be outside, give them tasks that allow them…

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How to Select a Safe Pair of Shoes

jjue October 15th, 2012, 7:16 AM
Jeffrey Jue, PT, Rehabilitation Consultant
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ID-1004707Growing 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…

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Things You Need To Consider Before Using A Rollator

jjue September 12th, 2012, 2:17 PM
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RollatorIf 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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