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Topic- Adaptive exercise

 

Exercise following stroke: Start survivors on the road to recovery  by Marianne Shaughnessy, PhD, CRNP-1115

Exercise following stroke: Start survivors on the road to recovery by Marianne Shaughnessy, PhD, CRNP

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability. Each year, more than 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke; approximately one every 40 seconds. Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability for the 6.4 million survivors in the US today (1). After age 55, the chance of having a stroke approximately doubles for each decade of life (18).

Rehabilitation and wellness professionals are in the best position to help these stroke survivors attain and maintain optimal levels of health and function. Each type of professional has a role to play.

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The neck/shoulder connection  by Dean Smith, BScPT-661

The neck/shoulder connection by Dean Smith, BScPT

As a physical therapist, I frequently work with clients who experience pain and disability in the neck and shoulder region. What are the causes of these issues?

- Work injuries
- Car accidents
- Other trauma (falls, sport-related)
- Disease, especially arthritis
- Chronic poor postural habits at work, home and during sleep

When people suffer pain in this region of the body, I frequently observe postural issues and muscle imbalances. I can only speculate as to whether these were there prior to the onset of pain or if the dysfunctions developed afterward.

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Plan exercise for individuals using assistive devices  by Joseph Kachelman, MS, Kent Brown, MS and Robert Topp, RN, PhD-652

Plan exercise for individuals using assistive devices by Joseph Kachelman, MS, Kent Brown, MS and Robert Topp, RN, PhD

Difficulty in ambulating, more commonly known as walking, affects 8-19% of older adults in the United States who do not live in an institution.

Ambulatory assistive devices—including canes, crutches, walkers and various joint braces—help people to walk by supplementing the sensory (proprioception, vision, vestibular sensation) and motor components (muscle activation) that are needed to maintain one’s balance while moving

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Understanding hearing loss by Terry Portis, EdD-616

Understanding hearing loss by Terry Portis, EdD

Hearing loss is an issue that is not currently on the national radar. The causes and consequences of hearing loss are not generally understood, and what people think they understand may be wrong. Even those who are themselves impacted by hearing loss may not fully grasp the significance and impact of this issue.

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Catering to people with motor impairments by Anne Clark-516

Catering to people with motor impairments by Anne Clark

In an active adult community where most residents are independent and vibrant, there is a segment of the population that is often neglected: people affected by neurological disorders. The Lite Chair class was conceived to help people with conditions such as a stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

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Gardening With the Elderly By Jack Kerrigan, PhD-505

Gardening With the Elderly By Jack Kerrigan, PhD

Many changes occur as a person ages. These changes impact a person’s physical, emotional and cognitive abilities as well as social roles. Gardening can be used in a therapeutic way to address these issues and improve the elderly person’s physical and emotional conditions, cognitive ability and social interactions. However, many of the changes involved in aging must be addressed by modifications in gardening practices, situations and tools.

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