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What is an occupational therapist?

What is an occupational therapist?

Eating, dressing, getting in and out of a chair. In the course of daily life, we use many skills to accomplish even “simple” tasks. Walking or using a fork is …

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When language falls apart

When language falls apart

One common outcome of a stroke or other brain injury is the sudden loss of ability to process language. This disability is called “aphasia” (ah-FAY-zya). Depending on which part of …

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Aging and the self-fulfilling prophecy

Aging and the self-fulfilling prophecy

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.” —Henry Ford It turns out this truism applies to the ways we perceive the aging process itself. Research shows …

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Fighting Parkinson’s with exercise

Fighting Parkinson’s with exercise

If your loved one has Parkinson’s disease, you have likely observed physical symptoms such as tremors, slowed movement, and poor balance. In addition to treatment with medication, evidence is mounting …

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Keeping your marbles: reducing dementia risk

Keeping your marbles: reducing dementia risk

If you have a relative with Alzheimer’s or one of many other dementia conditions, it’s natural to wonder about your own risk. While there is no cure as yet, there …

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“Spiritual” advance directive

“Spiritual” advance directive

Every adult needs to complete an advance directive (and that means you, too!). It is the health care planning document that medical professionals follow if a patient becomes too ill …

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When the worrying won’t stop

When the worrying won’t stop

Worry is useful when it calls us to action. But it’s a problem when it becomes an ongoing state of mind. It can become a habit, bringing tension and stress. …

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Managing chronic pain

Managing chronic pain

“Chronic pain” is pain that lasts for 12 weeks or more. The cause is usually nervous system misfiring, like a faulty car alarm system. Often there is no specific trigger, …

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Dementia: safety and independence

Dementia: safety and independence

Everyone with a memory loss condition deserves the opportunity to stay engaged in life for as long as possible. Early in the disease, your loved one will continue to do …

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Smartwatches for seniors

Smartwatches for seniors

The makers of smartwatches are now designing products for older adults. And they just may have come up with an acceptable alternative to the standard “I’ve fallen and I can’t …

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