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Posted: Feb 13, 2019

Tuning in to the Healing Power of Music

Written by SMH Oncology Clinical Counselor Elizabeth Bornstein

Music is a powerful medium that crosses all boundaries to move us in infinite ways and to connect us, with each other and with ourselves. Whether it’s lyrical or instrumental, heard or felt, live or a recording, music is a universal language and an instrument of healing. Find out how therapeutic music and Music Therapy are helping patients and caregivers.

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Posted: Jan 29, 2019

Cardiac Rehabilitation ~ Ask An Expert

With SMH Cardiopulmonary Rehab Team Lead Meredith Cleveland

What happens after someone has a heart attack or heart surgery? How can they boost their heart health, avoid future heart attacks and get back to living life to the fullest? To find out, Healthe-Matters editors talked with Sarasota Memorial Cardiopulmonary Rehab Lead Meredith Cleveland, who offered some great insight into cardiac care beyond treatment.

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Posted: Jan 15, 2019

Prescribing Canine Cuddles – Care Beyond Treatment

Written by SMH Oncology Clinical Counselor Elizabeth Bornstein

Whether you have a pet at home or have been “prescribed” fur therapy as part of a medical care plan, spending time with animals can be invaluable to your overall health and can support healing in ways that medicine cannot. Find out what animal-assisted therapy is and how it can benefit recovery, rehabilitation and wellness.

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Posted: Jan 1, 2019

Stroke Rehab You Can Dig

Written by SMH Occupational Therapist Cassandra Santiago

Studies show the benefit of traditional exercise or repetitive movements in stroke rehabilitation, but it’s how these are executed that has the most impact on a stroke survivor. Hobbies and interests play a vital role in motivating stroke survivors to face new challenges and push toward recovery to get back to enjoying these activities independently. Treatment should be both functional and fun! 

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Posted: Dec 11, 2018

Parkinson's Disease & Vision Problems

Written by SMH Occupational Therapist Cassandra Santiago

In people with Parkinson’s disease, related vision deficits are often overshadowed by larger issues, such as motor movement issues (short, shuffling steps or arm tremors) or changes in speech. But these visual impairments can seriously impact safety, independence and quality of life. Find out what symptoms to look for and how rehab can help.

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