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September 22, 2022 News

Rosh Hashanah this year is held from September 25-27.

This holiday begins on the first day of Tishrei, and it marks the beginning of the civil year. It also marks the beginning of a 10-day period of soul searching and contemplation that concludes with Yom Kippur. Traditionally, this period of 10 days, the Days of Awe in Hebrew—Yamim Nora’im—are for thinking about our behavior during the previous year, asking forgiveness from those we may have wronged and pledging to make positive changes for the coming year.

Menus and customs vary from home to home, often based on family tradition and family origin. Those who are Ashkenazi, whose family origin is Eastern Europe, might make or buy a round challah with raisins: The roundness of the bread symbolizes the never-ending cycle of time and the sweetness of the raisins symbolizes the hope that the coming year will be a sweet one. Many families will also serve apples dipped in honey symbolizing the wish for a sweet new year.

We wish you and your loved ones a joyous and peaceful Rosh Hashanah.



September 15, 2022 News

This month of September, we are celebrating healthy aging month!

Aging is an inevitable part of human nature, but we’re here to tell you that you can still look your best and live your best life even as you grow older. This month was first observed 30 years ago in 1992 to spread awareness about the benefits of adopting a healthier lifestyle at any age.

Incorporating habits like getting good sleep, regular exercise, and eating healthy into your daily routine can create a positive ripple effect that will make significant differences in all aspects of your life.

Let us keep striving to get healthier both physically and mentally as we age.



September 12, 2022 News

Rehabilitation is generally prescribed to assist a patient improve their everyday functioning. Simply put, it refers to care that enables you to regain, maintain, or increase the function and abilities you require to carry out daily activities. 

The benefits of rehabilitation speaks for itself since the physical and mental changes that individuals experience have been greatly rewarding. The month of September is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the amazing rehabilitation institutions and professionals who work immensely hard to ensure that we live our best life! 

The positive impact rehab centers and professionals leave on their patients gives them a lifetime of hope and strength! We thank them for their compassion and hard work.



September 2, 2022 News

In the United States alone, there are more than 16 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers. During National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness & Family Caregivers Month, we honor the people who serve as care partners and caregivers by providing tips for those looking to support these families living with the disease.

Whether you are seeking to support a person with Alzheimer’s or the person that cares for him or her, you will find helpful ways to lend a hand – in ways both big and small.

10 Ways to Help a Family Living with Alzheimer’s

1.        Educate yourself about Alzheimer’s disease. Learn about its effects and how to respond.

2.        Stay in touch. A card, a call or a visit means a lot and shows you care.

3.        Be patient. Adjusting to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is an ongoing process and each person reacts differently.

4.        Offer a shoulder to lean on. The disease can create stress for the entire family. Simply offering your support and friendship is helpful.

5.        Engage the person with dementia in conversation. It’s important to involve the person in conversation even when his or her ability to participate becomes more limited.

6.        Offer to help the family with its to-do list. Prepare a meal, run an errand or provide a ride.

7.        Engage family members in activities. Invite them to take a walk or participate in other activities.

8.        Offer family members a reprieve. Spend time with the person living with dementia so family members can go out alone or visit with friends.

9.        Be flexible. Don’t get frustrated if your offer for support is not accepted immediately. The family may need time to assess its needs.

10.      Support the Alzheimer’s cause.

For a person living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, the changes to their routine can be confusing and frustrating. And this can lead to agitation or other challenging behaviors, like Sun downing. And, with the holidays just around the corner, feelings of loneliness and isolation can become heightened. All in all, everything about caregiving for a person with dementia is harder now. We hope you will join us this month in raising awareness about both Alzheimer’s disease and the impact on our caregivers.



August 24, 2022 News

August is National Wellness Month, which highlights the importance of self-care. Self-care can be categorized into many forms, but it is important to work on oneself especially physically, mentally, and emotionally. It can take 21 days to form a habit, and 90 days to form a routine. According to a survey conducted by OnePoll and Vagaro, regarding self-care, “Respondents cited these benefits of self-care: self-confidence boost (64%), increased productivity (67%), happiness (71%).” Making small adjustments daily can lead to a well-rounded wellness routine.

There are a variety of options to improve your self-care in your overall life. Drinking more water, stretching, and making healthier food choice can improve your physical well-being. Ways to practice Emotional Self-Care can include journaling, talking with a therapist, and practicing gratitude and meditation to develop healthy coping mechanisms that increase your happiness and sense of well-being. Lastly, there are different ways to practice mental self-care including taking a mental health day for yourself, trying a new hobby, going to a museum, or even reading.

It is strongly encouraged to make self-care and prioritizing your wellness happen much more often than one month during the year. Take time this month to form a wellness routine that works for you.



August 16, 2022 Healthcare Information

Eye health is a part of overall health. Nearly 12.2 million American need some sort of vision correction and don’t use any. As we age, getting an eye exam can detect early signs of damage to your eyes.

August is National Eye Exam month, a great time to schedule a vision exam. Have you been putting off scheduling an eye exam? Take some time to schedule it today!



One in Four Americans with a disability can access and participate more in their workplace and in general communities because of National Independence Day. National Disability Independence Day is celebrated on July 26th in honor of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. It also guarantees their civil rights to access education, translation, and other services.

From narrow doors to small bathroom stalls becoming wheelchair accessible, the ADA broke down everyday barriers for individuals with disabilities. Today, we celebrate National Disability Independence Day!



Sarcoma Awareness Month is recognized in the month of July. Sarcoma is a type of cancer that can occur in different locations of the body. It’s a rare soft-tissue cancer that comes can arise in different tissue structures such as nerves, muscles, joints, and connective tissues. 

Sarcoma is considered the “forgotten cancer” and this month we are challenging the lack of awareness and understanding by encouraging more research and drug development.



National Therapeutic Recreation Week aims to raise awareness of the program and services that can improve the mental, physical, and emotional health, and well-being of others. Therapeutic Recreation uses ascites such as music, art, sport, games, and movements to promote emotional wellbeing and expression while reintegrating into the community.



Our exposure to the sun’s UV radiation will grow as the days get warmer. It is crucial that we shield our skin and eyes from the harm that would undoubtedly result from not taking precautions! Despite the ozone layer’s ability to block dangerous UVC radiation, UVB and UVA rays still manage to slip through. These emit certain radiation that is extremely dangerous to our health.

Before going outside, make sure you’ve applied enough sunscreen. During the hottest part of the day, stay in the shade and wear sun protection, such as sunglasses or a hat.

Observing straightforward guidelines and educating people about the dangers of UV rays could possibly save individuals from fatal health injuries. Enjoy the sunshine while staying safe.


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