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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What Can I Do To 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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What Happens If I 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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Just Breathe

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Breathing. It seems a simple task.  Yet so often we hold our breath when we need it most.  Try this test: Sit in a chair and get up.  Were you breathing when you got up or did you hold your breath until you were standing?  Chances are you were holding your breath.  If you are, you are depriving your body of oxygen when it most needs it.  It’s not much…

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Can You Say Vestibular?

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Falling or unsteady? It may be your vestibular system.  Maintaining balance relies on your eyes, muscles, joints, sensory system and vestibular system providing accurate and adequate sensory information to the brain and the brain providing an appropriate motor response.  The Vestibular System, found in the inner ear, works with the visual system to keep objects in focus when the head is moving.  An analogy I like to use is a gyroscope.  The…

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Chronic Pain Now Affects 50 Million US Adults

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September is Pain Awareness Month.  A new article of federal data indicates that chronic pain affects about 50 million US adults.  Around 20 million of these adults have chronic pain that interferes with life or work activities.  While the article discusses the financial cost of chronic pain it does not address the emotional, psychological, associated medical, and lost dollars the patient suffers. Pain is an invisible disease yet it affects more Americans…

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