Category: Health & Wealth Fall 2017

Back Pain: When to worry and when to work through it

By Ian Paskowski, DO Have you ever experienced pain in your back? If so, you are not alone. More than 80 percent of people will experience some type of back pain in their lifetime. It is also one of the most common reasons for missing work and the second-most common reason for visits to the doctor. Who is most at risk for developing back pain? There are numerous risk factors that can lead to back pain. If you are overweight, if you do not engage in regular exercise, or if you are a smoker, then you are at a...

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Getting fit for the slopes: Preseason conditioning is key to preventing ski injuries

By Melanie Brooks, DPT Skiing is undeniably a fun and thrilling sport for all ages — nothing compares to a bluebird powder day on the slopes! Unfortunately, it’s a sport often riddled with injuries, especially for those weekend warriors who don’t take the time to get fit first. What’s the best protection against injury? A conditioning program begun 8 to 10 weeks prior to the start of the ski season can have huge impact. To be effective, the program must include strength, agility, endurance, and flexibility training for the specific muscle groups involved with skiing, including the smaller, less...

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Hear for the Holidays: Help loved ones with hearing loss stay engaged

By Tiffany Pfleger, AuD. Hearing loss affects all age groups, but the risk goes up significantly as we get older. For some, this decline can be so gradual that it doesn’t seem obvious until it’s quite advanced, which tends to make it harder to urge a loved one to seek treatment. While a hearing impairment is always a challenge, the holidays can churn up even more stress and emotion. It’s a busy time, and even though activities are centered around celebration, someone with hearing loss often feels like they aren’t really a part of it all. The best course...

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Don’t be afraid to ask: Smart healthcare consumer strategy for hospice selection

By Melissa Weidman Serena Martin knew that hospice would be a likely care option for her elderly mother, Gerrie, as her Alzheimer’s disease progressed. Being a nurse herself, Serena often heard families rave about the benefits that hospice provides to both patients and caregivers. When Gerrie’s condition deteriorated, Serena decided it was time to make the call, and discovered a big surprise — there were 12 different hospice providers listed in her area, and she didn’t have the slightest idea of how to differentiate between them. “I’d always thought that ‘hospice was hospice,’” Serena said. “I believed that it...

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Cellar Dwellers: The pros and cons of multigenerational living

By Patrick Neenan Growing up, my father labeled myself and group of teenage friends as the “cellar dwellers.” We had an old pool table with a sagging left corner pocket propped with cinder blocks and two by fours. A yard sale ping pong table was purchased so we could make the pool table into a ping pong platform (though it had some dead spots like the old Boston Garden parquet court). When my friend donated an old TV to the cellar, the basement was transformed into our oasis where we spent countless hours. My father often joked that he...

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