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Volunteer: It’s Good for Your Health

Volunteering in your community is not just chicken soup for your soul – it’s also good for your health. Research shows that volunteering can lower certain health risks associated with anxiety and depression.

Becoming engaged and giving back to your community improves your general well-being. It promotes higher self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth that can help in all aspects of your life.

Inpatient Joint Rehabilitation: What to Expect

inpatient rehabiliationYou’ve made the decision to have your knee or hip replaced and been told that you will need inpatient rehabilitation to get back on your feet. You probably have a lot of questions. What should you expect? How much therapy will you receive? Will your pain be managed? What will you be able to do when you get home?

Concussions: Not Just Caused by Sports

concussionRecently, everyone seems to be talking about the importance of properly managing the effects of concussions among athletes, both young and old. However, concussions, which are a type of mild traumatic brain injury, can also be caused by automobile accidents, falls and other blows to the head.

PIAT … What Is That?

PIATIf you are living in Pennsylvania and you have a disability, you can benefit from Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT).  PIAT strives to enhance the lives of all Pennsylvanians with disabilities, older Pennsylvanians, and their families, through access to and acquisition of assistive technology devices and services.

Do You Have Rhythm?

Did you know that having rhythm means more than singing well, dancing beautifully or being able to hit a homerun or catch a touchdown pass?

Infection Prevention for Back to School Time

It’s back to school time! This may mean that illness-causing germs may soon be returning to your home. Taking a proactive stance against cold, flu and other germs can help keep your home and your loved ones infection-free.

Here are some easy tips to prevent the spread of germs in your house:

Social Skills Don't Always Come Easily for All Kids

Do you remember sitting at the lunch table in high school, sharing the latest gossip with your friends?
How special was the first conversation you had with your significant other?
What did you say during the interview that helped you to land your job?

All of these important milestones required social skills that you naturally developed through life experiences. Throughout your life, you figured out how to handle a variety of social situations, both good and bad, and have learned from each of them.

Paralympics to Showcase World’s Best Athletes with Disabilities

If you have seen South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee, run at the Olympics, you know that people with disabilities are among the world’s best athletes. Those athletes will take center stage in London when the Paralympics begin on August 29.  We’re not sure Queen Elizabeth II will parachute from the skies, but she will attend the opening ceremony.

Staying Strong as We Age

While many assume that loss of strength – debility – is an unavoidable part of the aging process, the reality is that adults can often remain physically active throughout their lives. There are ways to prevent debility as well as help older adults regain their strength. 

What is debility?

Trigger Finger: Cause and Treatment

Hand TherapyHave you ever woken up in the morning with your finger stuck in your palm? Trigger finger or “flexor tenosynovitis,” is a common hand condition can that can be painful and annoying. Finger splints, even a simple popsicle stick, are one way of addressing the problem.

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