Music and Physical Rehabilitation Mix Well

Whether it is speech, occupational or physical therapy, music is filling the air to help patients regain what they have lost. Music brings creativity, repetition and rhythm to rehabilitation which is why it has been increasingly popular with therapists. It also adds an element of fun for the patients during a very challenging time. CSU and UCHealth have been working together since the 1980s to create a music rehabilitation program for anyone from rehabilitating from a bad accident to patients with Parkinson’s Disease. ‘Regaining function, say the experts, is the main goal of rehabilitation. And, as Johnson and her colleagues will attest, it often occurs faster — and better — when it’s set to music.’

Click here for the full article: Beats and the brain

Call the Aspen Club at 970.495.8560 for more information on UCHealth’s Neurologic Music Therapy program.

Fall Prevention Myth #1 & 2

#1 Falls happen to other people, not to me. In truth, 1 in 3 older adults (about 12 million!) fall every year in the U.S.

#2 Falling is something normal that happens as you get older. It is NOT a normal part of aging.  Strength and balance exercises are important, managing medications (including over-the-counter and supplements), making your living environment safe, and having your vision and hearing checked annual can reduce your risk of falling.

Take Control of Your Health

According to a recent article from the National Council on Aging (NCOA), there is a list of six things that can help you prevent falls.

1.  Find a good balance and exercise program.

2.  Talk to your healthcare provider.

3.  Review your medications.

4.  Get vision and hearing checked annually.

5.  Keep your home safe.

6.  Talk to your family members.

We all get steady on our feet sometimes.  If there is no rhyme or reason (to you) as to WHY it happens, you need to take the time to figure it out.  It could be a reaction medication; it could be inner ear problems causing your balance.  It could be lack of exercise and weak core muscles.  It could be a combination of things.  Without talking to a professional, you may never know and your risk of falling will only increase.  Check out the attached flyer for more information or visit www.ncoa.org.

NCOA-Falls-Flyer-2014

Falls are Preventable

Aging is not a reason to fall down.  There are a number of things older adults can do to reduce their risk of falling.

  • Remove throw rugs in your home as they are tripping hazards.
  • Review all of your medications (prescription and over the counter) with a pharmacist every year.
  • Improve your balance by taking Tai Chi or other exercise classes.  Check with your doctor before starting any exercise programs.
  • Take your vitamin D.
  • Have your vision checked yearly.
  • Have your hearing checked yearly.
  • Discuss any episodes of dizziness, unsteadiness, or vision issues with your doctor.