Category Archives: disability

Yoga for all: Physical therapist adapts exercise for those with developmental disabilities

From its origins in India more than 3,000 years ago, yoga in America today has a reputation for improving flexibility, balance and muscle strength. Rebecca Alexander, who graduated from Upstate with her doctor of physical therapy degree this spring, extols … Continue reading

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Offering job training for young adults with disabilities

“I loved wearing hospital scrubs and working with my supervisor,” explained Marquale Johnson, a Project Search student at Upstate Medical University. “Without this program, I’d be a couch potato.” Johnson’s comments get at the heart of Project Search’s purpose. It’s … Continue reading

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So you’re looking to hire a caregiver …

You’ve posted an ad, received responses and invited your top candidates to interview for the position of caring for you at home. What should you ask of them? — How long have you been doing this kind of work? — … Continue reading

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Geocaching booklet shows one way people with disabilities can enjoy nature

Real-life scavenger hunts using GPS assistance can involve people with developmental disabilities. A booklet called “Accessible Geocaching” explains how to find accessible nature areas and instructions for novice geocachers. It’s an effort to promote inclusion of young adults with developmental … Continue reading

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Disability is a matter of both perception and reality

BY JIM HOWE Defining who have disabilities and how to meet their health needs is tricky because there is no standard formula and because disabilities can take so many forms. Some researchers look at disability as a medical problem needing … Continue reading

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Have you seen the new ‘Upstate Health’ magazine?

As a mother, I cannot select one child as my favorite. As an editor, I don’t have one favorite magazine issue. I love them all. That said, this summer issue of Upstate Health is a particularly good one, for a … Continue reading

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Adventurer sees what’s possible

Tim Conners of Fulton is a blind adventurer who set out to — and did — summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. He set out in late May, after graduating from Ithaca College, and reached the summit in early June. … Continue reading

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Back pain? Spine practitioner aims to get patients best possible treatment

BY AMBER SMITH Denise Karsten is someone you might not expect to find in the office of a neurosurgical practice, but she’s an important part of the Upstate Brain and Spine Center team. Karsten, a chiropractor and registered nurse, is … Continue reading

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A digestive disorder: Gastroparesis a life changer for Liverpool woman

BY JIM HOWE Most people can eat a snack or a meal without thinking about it beforehand or feeling sick afterward. Not Rhonda Ferry, for whom eating usually means a liquid dietary supplement or a quarter cup of a low-fiber, … Continue reading

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Dementia insights: Advice for caring for someone in mental decline

  The Alzheimer’s Association estimates 5.4 million American are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a number that is expected to escalate rapidly as the baby-boom generation reaches retirement age. The number of people caring for someone with dementia is substantial, and … Continue reading

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