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Watch: Gaylord Sports Association’s winter programs taking off

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2022

By ANNABELLE PAPE, January 31, 2022

NEW HARTFORD – The Gaylord Sports Association is Connecticut’s largest adaptive sports program for people who are physically disabled or visually impaired. Katie Joly, the manager of the program for about eight years, says that, “it’s never too late to try something new”.  

Operated through donors, corporate sponsors, grants and fundraising events, the GSA has been able to create an environment for athletes to feel confident and strive for success. 

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Your Body during COVID Recovery

Friday, Jan 14, 2022

Gaylord Dietitian, Amanda Perriello, RD, CDN, Offers Tips for Optimal Nutrition

What we eat has a profound effect on not only our long-term health, but also on the way our bodies recover from illness or injury. 

Registered dietitian Amanda Perriello, RD, CDN, says that having an infection such as COVID-19 can significantly increase the body’s nutritional needs. Nourishing your body with proper food plays a large role in promoting healing and recovery.

“It’s essential for anyone recovering from even mild cases of COVID-19 to replenish with calories and protein that rebuild strength and immunity, and even more so after a critical or prolonged illness,” she explained.

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Appoints Human Resources Administrator

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2022

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, January 12, 2022 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, CT, today announced that Karla Guimaraes from Danbury, CT, has joined Gaylord Specialty Healthcare as human resources systems administrator Karla comes to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare from PepsiCo, where she was an HR generalist focused on supporting the organization through change initiatives and building a solid foundation of HR systems management. “I am excited to welcome Karla to the Gaylord HR team,” said Wally Harper, vice president, human resources. “Systems administration and management is an essential component to our success as an HR organization and I look forward to working with Karla to ensure ours remains best in...
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Fall Prevention – Protect Yourself at Home

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022

By Andrew McIsaac, PT, DPT If you’re reading this post, you probably already know that falls, especially in older adults, can be serious. In fact, falls are so prevalent in adults over the age of 65 that many fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. Even minor falls – i.e., loss of balance – can trigger a fear of falling in older adults, causing them to limit activity and lose strength and independence. The greatest risk factor for a fall is a previous falls history. (Make sure to check out other risk factors and assess your risk for a fall at home in my previous blog, here.) Whether you’ve had a previous fall or not, these simple techniques will help to reduce your risk: Improve the lighting in your home. Use bulbs that are at least 60W and lampshades or...
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Fall Prevention – Know Your Risk

Thursday, Jan 06, 2022

By Andrew McIsaac, PT, DPT Have you had a fall, or have you had an unexplained loss of balance causing a stumble or trip, in the last six months? Are you anxious about falling and, as a result, have you stopped doing the things you enjoy? You’re not alone. In fact, each year, millions of people aged 65 and older, fall. September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month but, falls can happen any month, day and time of the year, which is why we all have a role to play in preventing falls – all year round. The first step is determining your risk for a fall. Most falls can be attributed to low-light conditions and take place in the home’s bedroom, bathroom, stairs and kitchen. But, of course, falls can happen anywhere. The greatest risk factor for a fall is a previous falls history. But there are others. To...
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A look back at Gaylord’s favorite stories of 2021

Tuesday, Dec 21, 2021

They made us cry, cheer and beam with pride. They are the stories and media moments that defined 2021. From COVID patient successes, a Guillain-Barre patient’s determination to conquer a 5k obstacle run, and even an on-campus dream-wedding-come-true, we’re counting down our twelve favorite stories from the past year. January: Nick Napoli has the need for speed – and doesn’t let disability stand in his way of participating in the Gaylord Sports Association’s adaptive skiing program. February: Gaylord respiratory therapists Emily Woodward and Helen Young explain how outpatient pulmonary therapy services can help people with long-COVID - like 27-year-old Mark Zurlis - breathe easier. March: John Kozin thought he had a cold in early January, but wound up in intensive care within a week. Meet...
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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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