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5 Common Preventable Diseases in Children

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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.

Posted by Daphne Holmes May 16, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments

4 Tips for Better Pain Management

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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.

Posted by Chris Meloni May 15, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Introducing adapted sport to a college campus

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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.

Posted by Josh pate May 13, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Be Active, Engage, and Play – Critical Keys to Live A Healthy Lifestyle

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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.

Posted by Kerry May 12, 2014 Posted in Disability 3 Comments

Unhealthy Weight Gain for those with Disabilities

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Having a physical disability can open various activity options that many can enjoy. What this means is that there are 56 million people with disabilities that do not have to succumb to doing nothing at all. According to an article by the Center for Disease Control in April of 2014, adults with disabilities are 58-percent more likely to have a problem with obesity and those that don’t have a physical impairment. For children, the difference is at 38-percent. This demonstrates that those with disabilities are not getting proper nutrition or enough physical activity in order to burn excess energy. Improper diet and lack of exercise can lead to

Posted by Ken Myers May 06, 2014 Posted in Disability, Obesity 1 Comment

Living a Healthy Lifestyle with a Disability

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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.

Posted by Shelly Duell May 06, 2014 Posted in Disability, Obesity 1 Comment

Active and Healthy Aging – Keys to Aging Well

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Every Saturday, after my workout, I get on a bus and head Downtown to meet my friend Stella. I have known Stella since 2007. She will be 92 in July. Stella is a retired Nurse. She served in World War II. Stella has never deviated from the schedule she had as an Army and Private Duty Nurse. She worked the 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM shift.

Posted by Kerry Apr 28, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Eye Tracking Technology: How Far Will it Go?

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Eye tracking technology is advancing at a rapid pace. From the first implementations of facial recognition to unlocking laptops, the use of the eyes as a medium for input is continuing to develop. Some smartphones are able to scroll through various screens by detecting the motions of the eye itself, but what else can be accomplished based on this technology? As the capabilities for eye tracking increase, what can those with physical disabilities anticipate with this development?

Posted by Ken Myers Apr 24, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Aging

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 I turned 50 six months ago!

So, the next time someone asks me my age, I’m going to say, “50 and 1/2,” with joy and enthusiasm!

Posted by Elizabeth Vander Kamp Apr 17, 2014 Posted in Disability 6 Comments

Unique Activities that Help Improve Abilities

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Whether a congenital issue or an acquired one, chronic illnesses of any type are difficult with which to cope. Such illnesses often cause a significant decrease in the affected individual’s ability to function in any capacity, particularly cognitively. However, a number of options or activities are available that help stimulate cognitive functioning and help individuals regain and maintain that functioning and independence. Here is a list of games and activities that can help.

Posted by Shelly Duell Apr 07, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments