One Last Week in Queens

jjue July 12th, 2012, 5:00 PM
Jeffrey Jue, PT, Rehabilitation Consultant
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For most of my life I’ve called the borough of Queens home but about a year ago my family moved north of the city. To my surprise I’ve grown to appreciate the slower pace of life.

I had initial reservations about leaving the familiarity of working in Queens and honestly there was a period of time that I wouldn’t even entertain the conversation. However having two young children at home changes one’s perspective and next week I’ll be transferring to VNSNY CHOICE’s new Westchester branch.

I’m thankful for the time spent working with my…

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A Guide to Adjusting Canes and Walkers

jjue May 28th, 2012, 9:10 AM
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Did you know that using a cane or walker that has not been adjusted for your height can actually cause more harm than good? I’m always concerned when I see people using walking devices that are either too long or short because it can change their walking pattern and may not provide adequate amount of support. This can result in an increased risk of falls and injury to the shoulder or hip.

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So how do you know if your walking device is set at the proper length? When you hold your walking device in standing position…

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Stay Active With 5 Easy Steps

jjue April 29th, 2012, 3:18 PM
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photo_9082_20091026Staying active can be as simple as going out for a walk. That’s right, there’s no expensive equipment to buy or gym contract to sign. If that’s not enough incentive, here are some benefits of daily walking.

  • According to a recent NY Times Magazine article, scientists have found that routine exercise which includes walking can improve cognitive flexibility and resist physical shrinkage in the brain
  • Walking works out all your major muscle groups and can help prevent physical decline

Follow these easy steps reap the benefits of an outdoor walking routine.

Dress your feet

Reduce your…

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Bridging Generations

jjue April 12th, 2012, 12:41 PM
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571599se6m9ir67I recently met with a few of our adult day center’s Chinese speaking members to discuss the importance of home safety and exercise. Despite our differences in age, I realized that our time together was both enjoyable and productive.

I found out right away that one of the advantages of meeting with a smaller group is the willingness of everyone to share their experiences. Their stories brought to life some of the principles I presented.

Just A Few Examples

  • One person takes a 20 minute walk every morning before heading out to our adult day center. Keep in mind group exercises…
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My Upcoming Adult Day Center Visit

jjue March 21st, 2012, 11:04 PM
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4649787tokm0m2lRecently I’ve been brainstorming about how I can make my presentations at local senior centers more relevant and applicable. I have appreciated the honest feedback of many older adults who have shared they’ve already heard the basic points of my talks.

However, they value the time I spend answering their questions. With that in mind next week I’m planning to visit our own adult day center with a more interactive approach.

Can I Pour You A Cup of Tea?

  • My plan is to moderate a small discussion group (4-6 adults) with a focus on…
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How to Reduce the Risk of Staircase Falls

jjue February 28th, 2012, 9:00 AM
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According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year about one in three older adults will experience a fall. Many of these falls occur in the home due to the presence of safety hazards. I have found the stairwell to be a common area for falls to occur.

Fortunately safety hazards can be corrected. Follow these steps to improve the safety of your stairwell.

  1. Simply remove any clutter which also includes the shoes on the steps or that favorite sweater hanging off the handrail
  2. Make sure there is adequate lighting available
  3. Repair any damaged steps…
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Home Safety: Try This Not That

jjue February 2nd, 2012, 8:44 AM
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Have you ever tried to finish a home improvement project without using the right tools? How did it turn out? As a new homeowner, I’ve learned the results aren’t pretty.

Along the same lines, using the right equipment can enable people with certain physical limitations to safely accomplish every-day tasks in the home. If you use any of these common household items for these (or similar) reasons, allow me to share with you a few safer options.

1) Avoid holding onto the towel rack to enter and exit the bathtub or shower.…

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5 Simple Winter Safety Tips

jjue January 4th, 2012, 3:21 PM
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24779fbpwwr230nNew York City temperatures are beginning to drop. Before you know it snow will be in the forecast, which means older adults need to take adequate precautions before heading outdoors. They can reduce their risk of falling by sticking to these guidelines.
 
1. Simply stay indoors
 
New York’s sidewalks are notoriously uneven and riddled with cracks. Winter storms can result in decreased visibility of sidewalks and street crossings, increasing one’s risk of falling. Avoid the bad conditions altogether by staying indoors until everything has been cleared.
 
2. Wear the right snow boots
 
If you…
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A Recap of 2011

jjue December 30th, 2011, 10:20 PM
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32270sc75qalo8oAs 2011 is winding down my gut instinct is to make a few of the familiar resolutions for the coming year. Does starting a new exercise plan or eating healthier ring a bell?

However, before I make any of those resolutions I took time to reflect on my experiences providing care in the greatest city on earth and here’s what I came up with.

The Value of Home Care

Having choices is good. Having choices when it comes to caring for the older adults in our lives is invaluable. Everyday I witness how home health care improves the quality of life…

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Home For The Holidays

jjue December 23rd, 2011, 11:14 PM
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During the holiday season something to be thankful for is the health of loved ones. Recently the caregiver of a gentleman I was working with invited me to have a cup of her home made yogurt. To my surprise I didn’t know it was even possible to make yogurt from scratch and yes it was much better than the store bought version.

The caregiver simply wanted to express her gratitude to all the people who assisted her husband’s transition back home after a prolonged hospital stay. Although her husband was returning to a…

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