Things to Do When You are Sad

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Make a list of things that make you happy like my daughter did at 13.  Use these or create your own.  And from the words of Charles Swindoll’s Inspirational Quote, Attitude, “I am convinced that 10% of life is what happens to me and 90% is how I react to it.” For the full quote, click here. THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU ARE SAD  Don’t listen to Bob Dylan Wear a…

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Ease Into Spring Safely With Our 10% discount

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Spring is coming! Time to loosen your joints, stretch your muscles, and increase your endurance safely so you can get out and enjoy the upcoming weather. Let Rehab Smarter help you ease into Spring safely with our 10% off Physical Therapy online, live services for the month of 3-18-19 to 4-18-19.  Use code “Spring1019” in your comments section here.    

How Much Is Your Time Worth?

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What is your time worth? Do you consider your time valuable? Then time is money. Few of us have or want to waste time or money. Yet chances are the time you spend for an office appointment will “cost” you at least twice that amount of time when you factor in (at minimum) travel time, signing in and waiting to be called back. Luckily, online, live Physical, Occupational, and Speech…

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Do You Need a Speech Therapist?

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Have you gotten pneumonia more than once the past year?  Are you are coughing or choking on liquids, especially thin liquids?  You may be aspirating, a term used when liquids go down your airway instead of your esophagus.  Tell your doctor.  They may ask you to see a speech therapist.  The Speech Therapist can see if your airway is properly protected when you swallow and teach you how to protect…

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Breathe Easier With COPD

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Even with advanced COPD you can improve your breathing and quality of life. With a chronic illness like COPD it’s common to ignore how you are feel and just plug ahead with the activity only to be short of breath when you stop. But once you get back in touch with your body and how you are breathing, you find walking and even climbing the steps are possible without huffing…

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The Caregiver

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There are more than 40 million people in the USA providing unpaid caregiving to family members.  The physical, emotional, and financial toll it can take on the caregiver, who often times is managing work, children and other elderly parents is huge.  Not to mention the emotional stress of watching the health of someone you love deteriorate. In some cases and some states you can get paid for being a caregiver. …

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When You Don’t Drink Enough Water

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I have rarely met a client, especially one on fluid pills, that drinks enough water or other appropriate fluids.  A common excuse for not drinking enough is “I am already going to the bathroom all the time”.  Another is “I don’t like water.” Yet water is critical to healthy body function. According to WebMD, the body is composed of about 60% water and every function in our body depends on it.  We…

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Equipment Tips for Arthritis Pain

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While even Wikipedia lists some simple treatment options, sometimes a small equipment or environment change can make a big difference in helping to manage your joint pain. Here are a few simple ones: For backs, hips and knees: raise your toilet height with either bought or modified put a cushion in the chair or car seat to raise the surface keep most commonly used items placed at waist height, including dishes, pots,…

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Care Coordinators and Disease Management Specialists

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Over the past few years more and more insurance companies and doctor’s offices are using care coordinators that help bridge the gap between the patient and the doctor, providing ongoing monitoring and education.   Often skilled nurses, these specialists in chronic disease management, help patients navigate the maze of their multiple illnesses, doctor appointments, medications, and other clinicians to keep them well.  By sharing the information among all the participants involved,…

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New Study Shows A Personalized Program of Physical Exercise Is Effective in Reversing Functional Decline in the Elderly

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Data from a study posted in Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine shows that a personalized physical exercise program is effective in reversing cognitive and functional decline associated with the hospitalization of the elderly and can improve the quality of life.  For 3 years 370 hospitalized people over 75 years of age participated in a twice daily 20 min controlled and individualized program of strength, balance and gait…

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