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Hope, Heroes and Feats of Humanity

Tuesday, Dec 21, 2021
CUTLINE: Hope, Heroes and Feats of Humanity
by Chion Wolf

2021 has been a year like no other. Many of us were forced out of our comfort zone because of what’s happening in the world. Some people went out of that comfort zone and beyond.

In this episode of CUTLINE, we’ll talk with people who embarked upon a range of journeys over the past year. From Hartford’s newest Designated Artists — City Troubadour and Flow Artist — to a man who went from being completely paralyzed to running a gauntlet.

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Managing a Puree Diet, One Meal at a Time

Monday, Dec 20, 2021

By Rachel Noia M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech and Language Pathologist, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare When life gives you proverbial lemons, we’re told to make lemonade. But what do we do when a change in a loved one’s health and swallowing status necessitates suddenly requires a diet consisting solely of pureed foods? Often, this news comes at a time when families are already stretched to their emotional max. The challenge of simultaneously learning what to make, how to make it, and how to keep their loved one satisfied while swallowing safely can be overwhelming. But with a few helpful hints and tricks and a little experience, managing a puree diet can be considerably easier than you might think.    Where to begin: Pureed foods are smooth with no texture and should resemble the consistency of...
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For this Wallingford resident, recovery from devastating crash happens one step at a time

Wednesday, Dec 15, 2021

New Haven Register
By Pam McLoughlin
Updated: Dec. 6, 2021 3:16 p.m.

WALLINGFORD — As a University of New Haven freshman, Natalie Matarazzo shouldn’t be worrying about much more than attending classes and socializing, experiencing a new chapter in life.

But any hope of that kind of life disappeared in an instant when a car crash in her senior year of high school left her with an injured spinal cord, unable to walk.

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Exercise for Heart Health

Friday, Dec 10, 2021

By Eric Sokolowski, DPT, CSCS, CMPT Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death globally. While the prevalence of this disease increases with age, there is a 50% lifetime risk of CVD at the age of just 30, if one or more risk factors is present. It’s a sobering statistic. Thankfully, following a healthy lifestyle can help. In addition to lowering your risk of death from CVD by 25%, physical exercise protects you from all-cause mortality by increasing weight loss, improving insulin resistance, lowering blood pressure, and raising good cholesterol levels (HDL). You probably already know this. While I don’t have any statistics to back up this claim, I can safely assume that most people agree that exercise is good for you. It helps to control weight, combats health conditions and diseases...
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Diet for Heart Health

Friday, Dec 03, 2021

By Amanda Perriello, RD, CDN, registered dietician     Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the #1 leading cause of death both in the U.S. and across the globe. There are a number of risk factors for developing CVD. Age, gender, and family history are important but, unfortunately, they’re outside of our control. However, there are risk factors that are within our control, and simple lifestyle changes – incorporating a heart-healthy diet and exercise into daily life – can go a long way in preventing CVD. The good news is it is never too late – or too early – to start focusing on your heart health. Eating foods that are high in saturated fats, trans fat, and cholesterol has been linked to heart disease and related conditions, which is why diet plays such an...
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One Rep Max Living: When the demands of daily life leave you exhausted

Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021

By Philip Silverio PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT How many times have you taken on a project you weren’t prepared for? Professional bakers recommend getting ingredients out (and measured) before starting a baking project. Painters ensure their tools are in place before taking their first brush stroke. Even marathon runners have a series of tasks to do prior to their race. If you’re not a baker, a painter or a marathon runner, you may be wondering, “why is this important to me?” Four words – One Rep Max Living. Still confused? Read on. Exercise prepares the body to safely, and effectively, perform activities of daily living (ADL). For example, lifting a grandchild, a gallon of paint, a medium bag of dog food or a bag of lawn fertilizer may cause injury if you aren’t used to lifting 40-lbs. We know...
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CT healthcare heroes honored for resiliency, care on frontlines of pandemic

Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021


WTNH Channel 8
by: WTNH Staff


FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut’s healthcare heroes were recognized Thursday night in a ceremony in Farmington...

Honoree Lisa Kalafus, vice president and Chief Nursing Officer at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, told News 8, “I couldn’t honestly do it without the tremendous support of our team at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. Our nurses, especially our frontline staff, we need their expertise and their input to make great changes and to improve patient outcomes. It’s a true honor.”

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Madison stroke victim keeps dancing as she works to regain speech, language skills

Monday, Nov 22, 2021

New Haven Register
By Pam McLoughlin
Nov. 21, 2021


The 68-year-old retired hospice nurse couldn’t utter a word, however, because the part of her brain centered on speech and language had been damaged. “I danced from the minute I got up from my stroke,” Gallagher said. “Dance is my main creative outlet and thank God it is preserved,”...

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Technology Transforms Lives #GivingTuesday

Monday, Nov 22, 2021

"Show Me the Numbers"
Physical Therapy Products (pg. 18)
By Melanie Hamilton-Basich

Monitoring a patient's physical therapy process is not simple, but equipment designed to assess and track movements using concrete data can surely help. At Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford, Conn, therapists routinely use these solutions to lay the groundwork for a plan of care as well as communicate more clearly with patients.

"With these solutions, you can gather data and educate and talk with patients about how they are doing in a meaningful way," said Kayla Morin, PT, DPT, Outpatient Therapist, Level 2 Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist at Gaylord. Learn more about our technology #GivingTuesday goal

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Chief Nursing Officer Named a ‘Connecticut Health Care Hero’

Thursday, Nov 18, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, November 16, 2021 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation-focused nonprofit healthcare system based in Wallingford, is pleased to announce that Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Kalafus, MSN, BSN, RN, was today honored as a 2021 Connecticut Health Care Hero by the Hartford Business Journal and New Haven Biz publications. The awards program identifies “outstanding healthcare leaders across the state who represent the epitome of a hero.” A Stratford resident, Kalafus was nominated by her Gaylord peers to receive the honor in the nursing category. Nurse Manager Nicole Morrill MSN, BSN, RN, explained that Kalafus recently instituted Gaylord’s first ‘shared governance,’ a practice model that empowers nurses to have accountability for decisions that impact policies,...
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