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September 16, 2021 / Health / Sandra Stokes

The Importance of Play in our Adult Lives

In our hectic lives of today’s world, many of us focus so much on our work and family commitments that we never seem to have time for fun – pure fun!
As we grew up and our lives became more focused and with more responsibilities, we stopped playing!
When we do carve out some leisure time, we are more likely to zone out in front of the TV or computer then actually engage in fun.

Play is not just essential for…..

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September 8, 2021 / Health / Sophie Gormley

Indoor Gardening

Fall is here and it is the time of year that many reluctantly make the transition from spending hours outdoors in the yard and garden to spending more time within the home. This transition can be made easier by creating an indoor garden space, and houseplants can be an inexpensive way to spruce up even the most dull room or workspace. There are many therapeutic benefits from maintaining plants including reduced stress, increased attention, and improved productivity. Research also shows that keeping house plants can improve the quality of air within your home or workplace due to the release of oxygen and absorption….

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September 3, 2021 / Health / Louis Robinson

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

How many hours of sleep do you get each night? The National Sleep Foundation conducted a Sleep in America Poll in 2020 and found that more than one-third of adults in America are not getting enough sleep and feel sleepy during the day for at least half the week or more. Survey participants felt as if feeling tired affects their work performance, ability to exercise, and negatively affects their relationships with friends and family. Sleep affects almost every…

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August 26, 2021 / Exercise / Patrick Glenn

Reduce Your Risk of Falling and Death with Floor Time

Can you get down onto the floor and up again by yourself without assistance? A simple question for maybe a not so simple task. If you answered “NO” you may be at a higher risk for falls or even death. A Brazilian study revealed that those who needed assistance (including using your own hands for support) with getting down and back up from the floor were almost seven times more likely to die within six years than those who could perform this task independently.

Try it yourself. The test is…

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August 18, 2021 / Health / Thomas Gerrish

The Health Benefits of “Man’s Best Friend”

Dog’s have been a companion to mankind for millennium and have demonstrated traits of loyalty, friendship, and unconditional love to their human counter parts. These traits are what earn them the title of “Man’s Best Friend” and could possibly make them your favorite member of the family. The impact your dog can make can be much more then just a…

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August 12, 2021 / Health / Elizabeth Albro

Making the most of your medical visit

I have frequently heard from patients that going to the doctor or therapy can often be overwhelming and intimidating. It shouldn’t be. The patient – medical professional relationship is a give and take on both sides. You have an injury or problem and this is why you have sought medical or rehabilitative attention. In dealing with patients with a multitude of injuries/medical situations over the years, there are a few “pearls of wisdom” that can often make your visit a smooth and valuable experience.

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August 5, 2021 / Exercise / Erin Bolaski

Gardening

Summer is here! Flowers are budding, grass is growing and one of the most popular activities
during this time of year is gardening. Getting outside and digging in the dirt can be revitalizing to
the spirit and rewarding beyond words. However, being outside for hours on end digging,
bending, lifting and sweating can be taxing on our muscles and joints. As we continue to help
our gardens grow, as an Occupational Therapist, I want to share some helpful …..

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July 28, 2021 / Hand Therapy / Kevin Carey

The Psychological Effects of Hand Injuries

For many, a hand injury has more than just physical consequences. We use our hands for so many things during the day – cooking, taking care of family members, playing sports, going to work, making art, communicating, and….

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July 21, 2021 / Back Pain / Tracy Gannon

Lie Down and Fix Your Posture!

Everybody knows that good posture is important. Good posture is defined as sitting with our ear over our shoulder and our shoulder over our hip as if they were in a straight line…..

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