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New Resources Critical for Stroke Recovery

Published: November 1, 2017

New Resources Critical for Stroke Recovery

(NewsUSA)  – The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke has developed new stroke rehabilitation tools for healthcare professionals and clinical providers, to help stroke patients achieve the best recovery outcomes and quality of life possible.The tools, which are developed through the AHA/ASA’s Together to End Stroke initiative, leverage recommendations from the first-ever, AHA/ASA issued Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery Guidelines for healthcare providers, and call for intensive, multidisciplinary treatment.The Healthcare Provider tool-kit includes recommendations in the following areas (and more):* The Rehab Program* Prevention and Medical Management of Comorbidities* Transition in Care and Community InterventionsThe Patient and Caregiver toolkit is also available and includes:* Patient guide to making good rehab decisions, such as what to expect in medical rehab and how to choose the right rehab facility.* Patient quick sheet to rehab planning to ask the right questions at the hospital, before discharge, for rehab providers and questions family members should be asking.Together to End Stroke, which is nationally sponsored by Kindred Rehabilitation Services, elevates awareness that stroke is largely beatable through high-quality rehabilitation, patient support and implementation of the AHA/ASA’s Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery Guidelines."The science of stroke rehabilitation is advancing rapidly, due to the development of new technology, and stroke outcomes are improving as a result," says Dr. Mitchell Elkind, chair of the American Stroke Association and professor of Neurology and Epidemiology at Columbia University.Stroke is a leading cause of serious disability. But there’s increasing evidence that rehabilitation can have a big impact on a survivors’ quality of life. In many cases, survivors regain skills and return to independent living. However, many survivors do not receive the appropriate level and amount of rehabilitation services needed to maximize recovery."Stroke is largely preventable, increasingly treatable, and, now more than ever, beatable. With the AHA/ASA and its alliances putting more strategic efforts in place, all of us can provide better care, which can translate into fewer stroke recurrences and less disability in stroke survivors," says Elkind.For more information and to access the free rehabilitation and recovery resources for healthcare providers and patients, visit StrokeAssociation.org/recovery. 

Learn How to Set A Goal

Published: November 1, 2017

Learn How to Set a Goal

NewsUSA) – To paraphrase Mark Twain, “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” Setting a goal, whether it be to lose weight, earn a promotion or spend more time with your family, is easy — it’s carrying through that proves problematic.

And yet, the world’s most successful people are intensely goal-orientated. They know what they want, and they focus on achieving it every day. So what’s the difference between a top executive and everybody else?

“The fact is that successful people fail far more than unsuccessful people,” says Brian Tracy, a top management consultant, in a recent Q&A with SUCCESS Magazine. “Successful people try more things, fall down, pick themselves up and try again — over and over before they finally win.” So how can you learn to quit giving up on your goals? SUCCESS Magazine offers the following tips for more successful goal-setting:

– Write down a list of goals. Cynthia Kersey, author of “Unstoppable: 45 Powerful Stories of Perseverance and Triumph from People Just Like You,” suggests focusing on how you want to be remembered. “List the qualities, deeds and characteristics for which you would like to be remembered by your friends, spouse, children, co-workers, the community and even the world.”

– Set out a plan to accomplish your goals. Tracy suggests listing what little steps will take you to your goal, then organizing them by priority and sequence. Figure out how much time and money you will need to accomplish your goals, and revisit and revise your plan accordingly.

– Manage your mindset. Keep your focus by surrounding yourself with people who will help you accomplish your goals. Arrange your workspace and home so you’ll be reminded of your commitments. “When you form the habit of starting your productivity earlier in the day, associating with more positive people, managing the news and information you feed your mind, controlling the language you use — especially the ways in which you describe yourself — you will find it easier to succeed,” says Jim Cathcart, professional speaker and founder of the Cathcart Institute Inc. “Become the person who would achieve your goals and who would deserve them.”

For more information, visit www.SUCCESS.com.

 

Too Much Stuff? Give Kids Experiential Gifts This Holiday Season

Published: November 1, 2017

Too Much Stuff? Give Kids Experiential Gifts This Holiday Season

 (NewsUSA)  – If, like many parents and grandparents, you struggle with what to get your kids for the holidays, consider thinking outside the box and giving them gifts that will expand their horizons.
Underscoring the importance of combining adventure and education, experts say that school is much easier when kids can draw upon skills they’ve learned through outside experiences.
“Experiential gifts can teach a new, lifelong skill, provide a fun, new way to spend family time, and build memories together in a way that no toy or gadget could,” says Emily Levitt, vice president of Education for Sylvan Learning.
To this point, Levitt encourages parents to get creative this holiday season, and give the gift of learning.
“These kinds of gifts are special not just for your child, but for everyone who participates. And I can’t think of a better way to spend the holidays.”
To that end, here are a few holiday suggestions for parents that kids will not only love, but learn from as well:
* The Science of Cooking. Your little chef will not only get to make and eat delicious food that they’ll be able to recreate at home, but will learn how to incorporate math, since this intrinsic skill is necessary for making flavorful dishes. Following a recipe requires learning how to measure and getting familiar with fractions. If they want to double a recipe, they’ll have to use multiplication and addition skills.
* Getting an EDGE on the competition. For a gift that encompasses science, technology, engineering AND math, look no further than Sylvan Learning. A package of Sylvan EDGE classes will empower kids to lay the groundwork for future success and have fun while doing it. The combination of fun and academic mastery is unique. Whether it’s designing a video game from scratch after school, programming a LEGO robot on Saturdays, or engineering seriously cool super structures, your child will be learning something new every time and will be delighted to try the next series of courses as soon as they finish!
* Giving the gift of music. Music lessons are a great way to uncover a talent and passion that is both creative and math-based. From guitar to piano or maybe even the sax, you can give kids the option to choose which instrument to explore. Both music and math go hand-in-hand because they both involve patterns, ratios, fractions, proportions, and memorization.
* Getting moving. Kids with a ton of energy will enjoy classes such as gymnastics or rock climbing. These activities not only teach kids about the human body, but are developmental sports, which require a progression of steps. The skills needed in these activities can stimulate problem solving, math, and reading in school.
For more information, please visit www.getsylvanedge.com

Achieve Senior Independence with a Safer Home

Published: November 1, 2017

Achieve Senior Independence With a Safer Home

(NewsUSA) – Elderly safety is a considerable problem in the U.S. as millions of seniors go to the emergency room each year due to injuries caused by accidents in the home. Falls are a leading cause of these mishaps. Yet, with proper equipment and knowledge, risk can be cut dramatically.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one out of every three adults over age 65 falls each year. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, and in 2008, almost 20,000 older adults died from fall-related injuries in the U.S.

Houses can be potential battlegrounds for seniors as they navigate rooms, hallways and stairs. Here are some ways you can help ensure a safer home:

•    Clear the clutter. This goes for countertops, end tables, hallways and beyond. Clutter of all sizes can make for hazards in such places as the kitchen and bathroom, and should be removed.

•    Get frequent visual exams. Poor eyesight is a leading cause of senior falls and can make it hard to navigate homes safely. Check your prescription yearly to ensure it’s still accurate.

•    Equip bathroom with showers/baths designed for older adults. Since 80 percent of senior falls happen in the bathroom, seniors can maintain independence longer with the use of walk-in baths built for elderly adults. For instance, the walk-in tub from Safe Step (www.safesteptub.com/falls) has anti-slip floors, 4-inch step up, grab bars, anti-scald technology, mold-resistant walls and a shower wand.

•    Participate in moderate exercise. Staying active is one of the best ways to maintain balance, strength and mobility — as long as you don’t overdue it. The CDC suggests Tai Chi or relaxed yoga for balance, and weight-bearing exercise is also helpful because it increases bone density for seniors suffering from osteoporosis.

Livestrong.com encourages dumbbell swings — dumbbells may be substituted for grandchildren, pets or groceries — and exercise routines using resistance bands.

•    Install grab bars throughout the home. The most obvious space demanding grab bars is the bathroom, next to showers, baths and toilets, but they’re useful in other rooms, too. Grab bars help you climb stairs safely, traverse long hallways or use the kitchen more easil

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