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Discover how Gaylord's setting provides a restorative, healing environment for our patients and their families. For details and videos about specific programs see the individual program pages.

New Beginnings: Suzy’s Story

Thursday, May 04, 2023

Suzy and Asher were in love and looking forward to starting their future and a family together when their lives changed in the blink of an eye. The young couple met while pursuing their MBAs at Wharton and went to work for the same investment banking firm after graduation. The COVID pandemic forced them to postpone their wedding plans as much of Suzy’s family was from out-of-country and international travel was nearly impossible. Last December, Suzy and Asher were only a week away from taking a long-awaited trip to Singapore to visit her mother and pick up their wedding rings when Suzy, 31, experienced the “worst headache” of her life and collapsed at work. She arrived at Bellevue Hospital in New York City with her eyes ‘fixed and dilated” – signs of a potentially poor prognosis. Doctors...
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Ninety-year-old patient-turned-volunteer asks, “How do you pay anybody back for a new lease on life?”

Monday, Apr 17, 2023

As you walk through the hallways of Gaylord Hospital, it’s not unusual to hear Dino Fuoco softly crooning to patients as he wheels them to their therapy appointments.

Dino’s irrepressible joy, bottomless energy, and spontaneous dance moves belie the fact that only months earlier, the 90-year-old was practicing standing in the same hospital where he now volunteers twice a week.

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Everything You Need to Know about Osteoporosis

Monday, Apr 10, 2023

By Eric Lagoy, PT, DPT, OCS, and Kelley Breyer, RD, CDN, CSOWM According to the Oxford Dictionary, osteoporosis is “a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or Vitamin D.” This information accurately describes osteoporosis but is missing one crucial piece of information – osteoporosis also increases the risk of sustaining a fracture. This additional fact is why we’re talking about osteoporosis today. By focusing on increasing bone density and decreasing the controllable risk factors for osteoporosis, we are doing our best to decrease our risk of fracture due to osteoporosis. So, what’s the plan? You’ve heard that exercise and nutrition are the most important...
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“I thought I was safe; I learned I was not.”

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2023

Drew Pisano, 34, doesn’t remember anything about the accident that nearly killed him, but the clues left behind at the scene piece together the story of how his plans for a “quick ride” on a beautiful fall day changed in the blink of an eye. “I’ve been riding bikes my whole life,” Drew said. “Dirt bikes, quads, motorcycles, I love them all.” More than his passion, bikes are also Drew’s livelihood. His Colchester-based business MotoBarn sells, maintains, and services bikes of all kinds.

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Stroke: What You Need to Know to Reduce Your Risk

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023

By Kimberly Levesque, PT, DPT, AIT Did you know that stroke is the #5 cause of death, and a leading cause of disability, in the United States? If you’re reading this, I am assuming you already have a baseline understanding of what a stroke is and what it isn’t. Just in case, check out the American Stroke Association to learn about the types of stroke, the effects of stroke, and much, much more.   Now let’s talk about how we can reduce our risk of stroke. The three largest risk factors for developing a stroke likely won’t surprise you: What you eat; Whether you exercise regularly; and If you smoke. The good news is all three of these are controllable risk factors. Here are three simple steps you can take to combat the three largest risk factors. Eat a healthy, balanced...
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Decoding Food Labels

Tuesday, Jan 03, 2023

By Alexa Marks, RD, CDN Have you ever walked the aisles of the grocery store and felt nothing but confusion? You’ve likely seen terms like ‘sell by,’ ‘best if used by,’ ‘low fat,’ ‘fat-free,' ‘zero trans-fat,' ‘good source of,' etc. These terms are intended to make understanding food labels even easier but sometimes, it just becomes more confusing. I’m here to help!   Nutrition Labels: In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated all food manufacturers implement important changes to the Nutrition Facts label for all packaged food products. These changes reflect updated scientific information and new nutrition research and are intended to make it easier for consumers to make better-informed food choices....
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A look back at Gaylord’s favorite stories of 2022

Thursday, Dec 29, 2022

A look back at Gaylord’s favorite stories of 2022. They made us cry, cheer and beam with pride. They are the stories and Gaylord media moments that defined 2022. Join us for a look back on a few of Gaylord’s favorite stories from the past year:          We’re tops! Becker’s Healthcare, the country’s leading media source for healthcare decision-makers, named Gaylord to its nationwide “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare.”   The 2022 Gaylord Gauntlet brought much awareness to adaptive sports and our adaptive athletes, including international coverage of runner Roman Leykin who completed the 5k obstacle course on prosthetic legs.   With the advocacy of Rep. Mary Mushinsky, Gaylord secured $7.1 million in state bond and ARPA funds towards a...
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The Big One

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2022

Published book and upcoming movie details former Gaylord patient’s journey to “shoot for the sun” after horrific accident. Author Mike Krysiuk of Westport is on a mission to empower youth to “be their authentic selves” and avoid “walking in the shadow of others.” It’s sage advice that the Westport resident firmly believes could have changed his own destiny … had he only followed it, himself. The “big crowd” It was the spring of 1974 and Mike, a 17-year-old varsity baseball pitcher, had just ended a game with an astonishing sinker when a stranger rushed towards him, eager to shake his hand. He was a scout with the New York Mets, he said, and was impressed with Mike’s performance. With a promise to follow up with the high school senior, the gentleman...
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Exercise for Diabetes Management

Monday, May 02, 2022

By Katelyn Donohue, PT, DPT Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Physical Therapy Picture this: you (or someone you love) recently received a diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus. Disbelief and shock are likely among the first reactions you experience. Perhaps this moves into denial, anger, fear, and/or relief. You likely have lots of questions and you may feel overwhelmed about where to start. This is not an uncommon picture. In fact, approximately 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes. At some point, the 37-million Americans living with diabetes today received this same diagnosis and experienced much of the same reactions. Once the shock, fear, anger, etc., is behind you, it’s time to take action. While diabetes management is not always simple, it is made simpler by understanding how to manage it effectively. One important way to do...
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Nutrition for Diabetes Management

Monday, Apr 25, 2022

By Tina M. Marchand, SDFNS, Sr. Director, Food and Nutrition Services, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare If you’ve recently received a diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus, or if you’ve entered the stage of pre-diabetes, or even if you have increased risk factors for developing diabetes, you may be considering how to best control diabetes without medication. A healthy diet can help! We already know that managing blood sugar is the key to living well with diabetes. So, how do we manage blood sugar? The American Heart Association agrees that eating healthy is among one of the most important components to keep blood sugar within a healthy range (in addition to exercise, weight management, stress management, and stopping smoking). Nutrition for Diabetes Management Unfortunately, eating well is not a one-size-fits-all...
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