Be Well Blog

Tech Tips: Apps for Fine Motor Skill Development

Many children with disabilities or who have experienced a stroke or brain injury have challenges with their fine motor skills. Fortunately, there’s an app for that.

Boxing for Parkinson’s Disease

Are you ready to take your fight against Parkinson’s disease (PD) to the next level? If so, don the gloves and get in the ring. Boxing could help.

What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive, degenerative neurological disease which results in a loss of motor and non-motor function. Symptoms include:

What to Expect Following an Amputation

A lower or upper extremity amputation can challenge an individual’s lifestyle, but a strong amputation rehabilitation program will provide the education and skills needed to regain independence.

Healthy Tailgate Food Swaps

The air is crisp, and the echo of football can be heard.

Game day gatherings and Superbowl parties are notorious for influencing us to break our healthy habits and curl up to calorie-laden, high-fat comfort foods – but it doesn’t have to be that way! Satisfy your cravings with these healthier versions of your favorite tailgate foods.

Resources for Adaptive Winter Sports

If you are anxious to get off the couch and take to the outdoors to ski, snowboard or ice skate, there is certainly no shortage of opportunities to do so in Pennsylvania.  For those with disabilities, there also are a variety of local venues where children and adults can learn a new winter sport. 

Prevent Low Back Pain from Skiing and Snowboarding

Winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, are an excellent way to get fresh air and exercise during the cold winter months, but the low temperatures, icy surfaces and speed of these sports also can lead to more injuries. While skiing and snowboarding are more often associated with knee, ankle and upper body injuries, there also is risk of back injury.

Mindfulness as Self-Care for Parents and Caregivers

Stress among parents and others who care for people with disabilities is persistent and linked to lower quality of life, unhealthy family functioning and negative psychological consequences. Caregivers can easily burn out or experience compassion fatigue – the secondhand experience of trauma resulting in tension, anxiety, hopelessness and exhaustion.

Know Why, When and How to Seek Help for Concussion

With Will Smith’s new blockbuster, “Concussion,” shining a Hollywood-sized spotlight on the neurological condition, it is the perfect time to review the seriousness of concussions - their causes, symptoms and obtaining the right treatment.

10 Tips to Make the Holidays Joyful and Avoid Holiday Depression

With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is common to feel stressed and a bit overwhelmed. The holidays put a lot of extra demands – shopping, baking, entertaining and cleaning – on our already hectic lives. We all have visions of a picture perfect holiday, and these high expectations can lead us to overextending ourselves, disappointment and sometimes, depression.

Sleep Apnea Can Increase Risk of Stroke and Other Serious Injury

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which you periodically stop breathing and/or take shallow breaths. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.


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