Category Archives: Expert Health Advice

New Occupational Therapy Initiative Is Designed to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Posted on: April 25, 2017

It’s certainly not uncommon to hear about patients—particularly older individuals— who leave the hospital and return later after a bad fall. Did you know that the more prepared you are to return home after a hospital stay, the less likely you are to return to the hospital? Here, I’ll tell you about a recent study showing that Occupational Therapy decreases hospital readmissions and how it can better prepare you for a safe return home.  By Elizabeth Pruyne, Occupational Therapist at Northern Westchester Hospital.

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Caregivers and Loved Ones – It’s Time to Fight Back against Movement Disorders

Posted on: April 17, 2017

Being diagnosed with a movement disorder such as Parkinson’s can lead to an entirely different way of life for both patient and caregiver. Those diagnosed, may experience slight tremors in the hands or limbs, which may signal the first sign of the disease. Over time, motions may become limited and speech may soften or become less pronounced. Husbands, wives, children and friends often become the caregivers – tending to their loved ones needs, but sometimes forgetting that they too need to be cared for. If you, or someone you love, is diagnosed with a movement disorder it’s important to get the support you need before the disease starts to affect your quality of life. Whether you are a patient or caregiver, read on to learn about opportunities within your community that will empower you to fight back against movement disorders. By Michael Silverman, Director of Rehabilitation and Wellness at Northern Westchester Hospital’s (NWH) Chappaqua Crossing.

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Finding Relief from Balance Problems

Posted on: April 11, 2017

Balance problems take many forms. From dizziness to the intense, even frightening sensation of vertigo, to unsteadiness – all are hard to live with. Fortunately, many balance issues respond to treatment. The first step is getting evaluated through specialized testing, properly diagnosed, and informed of the appropriate action to take. That is what occurs at a balance center. Here, I explain how you can find relief from balance issues. By Shelley Hirsch, M.A, CCC-A, clinical audiologist at the Balance Center, Northern Westchester Hospital.

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3-D Patient-Customized Total Knee Replacement Can Change Your Life

Posted on: March 31, 2017

If you have severe arthritis of the knee, you’re probably aware of total knee replacement surgery. Now discover how a dramatically modernized approach to this procedure offers you outstanding advantages in accuracy of fit, surgical safety and natural-feeling results. Read on and get empowered to recover your mobility – and your quality of life. By Dr. David Yasgur, Director of Quality and Outcomes at Northern Westchester Hospital’s Orthopedic & Spine Institute.

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A Gut Feeling about the Health Benefits of Probiotics and Prebiotics

Posted on: March 15, 2017

Are you familiar with kombucha, kefir, kimchi or tempeh? If these are just strange-sounding words to you, chances are you aren’t aware of the value that probiotic-rich foods can add to your digestive health. Read on to learn about the importance of probiotics and prebiotics and how you can take advantage of their immune-boosting benefits. By Brianna Farrand, MS, RD, CDN, Clinical Dietitian and Bariatric Dietitian, Northern Westchester Hospital.

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