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What is Occupational Therapy?

What is Occupational Therapy?

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Many people are unfamiliar with what it is occupational therapists actually do. During occupational therapy month in April, the American Occupational Therapy Association attempts to bring awareness to the important work occupational therapists perform in the healthcare field every day…..

Living Apart, Together

Living Apart, Together

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How one daughter stays connected to her father living in a SALMON Health and Retirement community from thousands of miles away.  For six years, Sue Dion was concerned about her father living alone in Northbridge, MA, while she lived nearly….

The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

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February is upon us, and with it comes Valentine’s Day—that seemingly sentimental holiday cynical folks roll their eyes about, or designate for young lovers only. But let’s not dismiss it so quickly. Various ways to share love on Valentine’s Day….

High Blood Pressure May Increase the Risk of Dementia

High Blood Pressure May Increase the Risk of Dementia

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The American Heart Association stated this month that high blood pressure in middle age may contribute to the development of dementia. This hypothesis has not yet been scientifically proven. As treatments for dementia remain difficult and the number of cases….

Are You A Caregiver?

Are You A Caregiver?

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When a friend asked me to be a speaker at a workshop on caregiving, I was surprised but I agreed to do it. After all, I had been working as a home health social worker for quite some time. Much….

Will Exercising Help Me Lose Weight?

Will Exercising Help Me Lose Weight?

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You may have read one of many articles suggesting exercise is ineffective as a weight loss tool. A quick Google search yields hundreds of results, including headlines such as, “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin,” from sources like CNN, The….

Home Safety Measures for Fall Prevention

Home Safety Measures for Fall Prevention

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Preventing falls among older adults is an integral component in remaining active, healthy, and independent in one’s home. The unfortunate truth is one out of three adults 80 or older suffers a fall annually. Once someone is the victim of….

Cognition and Speech Therapy

Cognition and Speech Therapy

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National Better Hearing and Speech Month In recognition of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s designation of May as National Better Hearing & Speech Month, SALMON VNA speech department team members share some of the ways speech-language pathologists (SLPs) may help improve….

Turning Back the (Biological) Clock

Turning Back the (Biological) Clock

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Since it was discovered 35 years ago that seniors have the ability to reverse the loss of muscle strength and endurance, the Personalized Exercise Program (PEP) at The Willows at Westborough has been on the cutting edge of senior fitness…..

Help for Swallowing Difficulties

Help for Swallowing Difficulties

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National Better Hearing and Speech Month In recognition of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s designation of May as National Better Hearing & Speech Month, SALMON VNA speech department team members share some of the ways speech-language pathologists (SLPs) may help improve….

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