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7 Ways Caregivers Can Increase Physical and Emotional Intimacy with a Spouse

jsantamaria August 29th, 2013, 2:25 PM
Judy Santamaria, MSPH
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As a spousal caregiver, you may find that the reduction of intimacy between you and your spouse is a major cause of the loss you are feeling.  Caregiving changes roles and expectations and the emotional attachment that was once the catalyst for intimacy and romance may suffer.  For example, certain illnesses and medications can affect a person’s sexual functioning or a caregiver may worry that someone with psychological conditions such as dementia cannot properly consent to a sexual relationship.

Sometimes, reasons for loss of intimacy are less cut-and-dried. …

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Hot Weather Safety: Six Essential Tips

jjue July 19th, 2013, 12:37 PM
Jeffrey Jue, PT, Rehabilitation Consultant
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egypt-21157_1280[1]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…

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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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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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Remembering Our Neighbors

jjue November 2nd, 2012, 10:27 PM
Jeffrey Jue, PT, Rehabilitation Consultant
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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…

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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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Adult Day Centers – An Unexpected Place to Reconnect with Family

dstricoff September 24th, 2012, 2:08 PM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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When family gets older and transportation is difficult, even those living close by may find it challenging to see each other.   Three sisters, all originally from Haiti, moved to this country many years ago.   Two sisters live in Queens and the third lives in Brooklyn.    They used to spend a lot of time together but as they’ve gotten older, it’s become more difficult to get together.   Who would have thought that joining VNSNY CHOICE would help them find a way to see each other more often!  

In 2010, the first sister…

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Things You Need To Consider Before Using A Rollator

jjue September 12th, 2012, 2:17 PM
Jeffrey Jue, PT, Rehabilitation Consultant
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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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Moments Worth Celebrating

jjue August 18th, 2012, 9:02 AM
Jeffrey Jue, PT, Rehabilitation Consultant
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Photo by graur razvan ionutWe 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…

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New to the Neighborhood

jjue July 26th, 2012, 8:01 AM
Jeffrey Jue, PT, Rehabilitation Consultant
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WestchesterLast 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…

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