I am the middle child in a group of three children. My youngest brother is a man who is deaf. He is very independent and upon seeing him you would not even suspect he was deaf. When we were growing up the three of us were just a couple of years apart and we did everything together.
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Since man’s early days, it has been used to relate history, to tell stories, calm fears and call others to action. Research finds that music can also be used as a therapy for a number of different conditions, such as brain injury from accidents or stroke. We can also use music therapy to help those with traumatic brain injury to achieve full function and increase a sense of wellbeing.
Being diagnosed with diabetes is very difficult for the patient and his family as it is a lifelong disease. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which there are elevated blood glucose levels due to insulin malfunctioning. Insulin is a vital hormone released by the pancreas that allows the entry of sugar into the blood cells. It regulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism in the body. Any problem in its effective release results in…
Infants and children are vulnerable to many preventable diseases, and not only in developing countries. Immunization can make a huge difference in bringing infant and child mortality under control in both the developing and the developed worlds, but significant obstacles stand in the way.
A healthcare professional knows that pain is one of the best indicators that something’s not right with a patient, but there’s a fine line between using that pain to alert you something needs to be done and keeping the pain from causing traumatizing discomfort for patients. If you work in an ICU or a hospital, pain is an everyday challenge for healthcare professionals and their patients. Meet with your colleagues to discuss methods of better pain management at your facility; there’s no right or wrong way to debate it, but there are a few ideas to assist in dealing with the level of pain your patients feel.
Back in February, we hosted Adapted Sports Day at James Madison University where we invited youth with disabilities on campus to experience college and play wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. A colleague of mine, Dr. Thomas Moran, and I wanted to ensure that our student volunteers weren’t just watching the participants but that they had an adapted sport experience, too. So, we required the student volunteers to participate in the sports, also.
As I studied the concept of Active and Healthy Aging for one of my recent blogs, I began to reflect on the concepts of Healthy Living and engaging in a Healthy Lifestyle. The definition of Healthy Living that I most relate to as a person with a disability comes from a 2003 article called “Health and Wellness: People with disabilities discuss barriers and facilitators to well-being”. Healthy living is described as “people with disabilities being able to function, be independent, having both a physical and emotional state of well-being, and an absence of pain.” [i] The walking program that I started in 2006 was born from the idea that I want to remain independent, be pain-free, and do what I want to do when I choose.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during an era of increased technology, processed food, and lack of exercise is a challenge for anyone. However, for a person with a disability, it can feel nearly impossible. There are many people with various disabilities who are able to successfully maintain healthy lifestyle.
We have developed an Obesity and Disability infographic*. The Obesity and disability infographic can be used to educate readers about the prevalence of obesity for individuals with disabilities, the consequences, costs, and ways to prevent or treat obesity. Our lists of consequences and ways to prevent obesity are in no way exhaustive. At the bottom are a few resources readers can access for information on physical activity and nutrition. Also, references where the data came from are listed.