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How Do I Prevent a Second (or Third) Stroke?

Every year, about 795,000 people experience a stroke. Of these, approximately 185,000 are recurrent strokes, meaning that they are experienced by individuals who have previously had one or more strokes.

If you’ve already had a stroke, you’re at greater risk to have another. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prevent a recurrent stroke.

The most important ways to prevent recurrent strokes are to make lifestyle changes, manage medical conditions and listen to your doctor’s advice.

Getting Back To Life after a Knee Replacement

Does walking up a flight of stairs cause pain in your knee? Do you feel stiffness and pain even while doing simple, everyday tasks or pain in your knee while sleeping? Is your lifestyle hampered by pain, causing you to not do some of the things you love because your knee can’t handle it?

It might be time for knee replacement surgery.

Coping With a Stroke: What to Expect When Becoming a Caregiver to Your Parent

It’s every person’s worst nightmare. The phone rings and it’s a hospital attendant on the other end telling you your parent has suffered a stroke.

This can change your life in a single moment, sending you into a world of changes and new obstacles. You have now become the caregiver.

This is a scary experience, but it need not blindside you totally. You can cope if you are prepared for the changes that lie ahead, and you are willing to take the necessary time to learn how to care for your parent.

Don’t Let Shoulder Pain Stop Your Warm-Weather Plans

Whether it’s digging in the garden or throwing a baseball in the backyard with the kids, this is the season for having fun outdoors. But it can also be the time for shoulder pain.

eLEGS Another Example of the Raker Legacy of Innovation

elegs exoskeletonThe legacy of the Raker family, who founded Good Shepherd more than 100 years ago, is a legacy of innovation, and examples of this organization’s innovative spirit can be found throughout our storied history.

Play Time Can Be Learning Time for Every Child

Play is an important aspect in every child’s developmental process. Toys can teach children a variety of skills, including fine-motor skills, visual focus and sense of control over their environment, to name a few.

Through play, children become aware of their surroundings and their capabilities, and they expand their imagination and curiosity. Toys prompt children to not only have fun, but to sustain their curiosity to keep learning.

Lacing Up the Proper Footwear

Most people spend much time carefully choosing the clothing they wear. They pick outfits based on the event they're attending or the weather outside.

Often, footwear is seen as an afterthought - an accessory to an outfit. But this is a mistake. For comfort and safety, you should put as much thought into what shoes go on your feet as to what clothing goes on your body.

Spring Training: Garden to Get Fit

Gardening can be great physical exercise, and it may provide you with the satisfaction of a fabulous lawn or fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy at your dinner table. Here are some fun facts and helpful tips to keep in mind for gardening season.

Preventing Household Slips and Falls

Everybody’s done it. Maybe you’re in a rush. Maybe you didn’t have time to pick up a pile of clothing, or you didn’t see that extension cord sticking out. Whatever the reason, everybody’s taken a spill or two in their home. Most of the time you’re ok, and you suffer nothing more than a bruised knee or a hurt ego.

Unfortunately, household falls sometimes can be quite serious, especially for the elderly.

It’s Time To Start Conditioning for Next Ski Season

Ski season is winding down in eastern Pennsylvania. I hope you all had excellent experiences hitting the slopes this year.

Now that winter is over, it is time to start conditioning yourself for next ski season.

During warm-weather months, your focus should be on maintaining the physical skills that are associated with skiing.

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