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What is ALS and why did it inspire ice bucket challenges at Swedish?

Michelle Scheff

Michelle Scheff
Speech Pathologist

Employees of Swedish Cherry Hill Outpatient Rehabilitation and Neurology Departments took the plunge and participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness of ALS and funding for ALS research.  (Click here to see their video on Facebook.)




Before the ALS clinic team takes the ice bucket challenge
 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), most commonly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease which affects the motor neurons responsible for voluntary movements and muscle power. As the disease progresses, individuals living with ALS may lose their ability to move and control the muscles of their extremities, torso, head and mouth which can make completion of basic activities such as walking, eating, talking and even breathing very difficult.

Unfortunately, the disease has no cure and only one medication has been approved for the treatment of ALS. Research is making strides towards understanding the underlying physiology and genetic makeup of the disease. Because of  ...

Therapy and rehab for stroke survivors

Annie Sanford, RN, BSN

Annie Sanford, RN, BSN
Stroke Clinical Effectiveness Coordinator

Stroke survivors often encounter physical, cognitive or emotional challenges after their stroke. Rehab helps stroke survivors relearn skills that are lost when part of the brain is damaged.  Participating in physical or occupational therapy can be extremely beneficial in assisting patients and their families in the recovery process.

Physical therapists commonly examine, evaluate, and treat stroke patients, facilitating progress towards restoring function, reducing pain, and preventing further injuries or complications.  This therapy is a form of exercise treatment to help with mobility, strength and general function based upon the individual’s needs.

Occupational therapists focus on occupations or activities are meaningful to the individual. They develop individualized care plans that may include adaptations for how to perform tasks, changes to the survivor’s surroundings, or helping individuals to alter their own behaviors.  These plans are designed to ...

Taking Control of Your Brain Health: Class is Sept. 29 at Swedish/Issaquah

Natalie Kozimor

First you can’t remember where you left your keys. Then an acquaintance’s name just won’t come to you.

Is it just old age or is it a memory disorder? Sometimes it’s hard to tell and not knowing can be equally as frustrating as forgetfulness itself.

The best way to head off memory loss and to figure out if that is in fact what you’re experiencing is to talk with your doctor and discuss your concerns. Of course, it’s not always easy or convenient to get to the doctor. Dr. Lily Jung-Henson, of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute, holds free community classes that cover these issues and allow you the chance to get some of your questions answered.

Partnering with Dr. Arpan Waghray, Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Swedish, and other members of the Swedish Rehab Services team in Issaquah, Dr. Jung-Henson will be holding a class called “Taking Control of Your Brain Health” on Saturday, September 29.

This free class will be held at the Swedish/Issaquah hospital in the Highlands from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will help you answer questions such as:

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