Ken Harrison

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Graduating into College Sports

Graduating From High School to College Sports? Some Tips

Making the transition from high school to collegiate athletics can be a daunting and difficult task. Physical therapist Stefanie Bourassa and psychologist Peter Lucchio of the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute’s Center for Musculoskeletal Health have several tips to help make this transition smooth. Bourassa, who played Division I...

Palliative vs. Hospice Care

What’s the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care?

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and the team from Hartford HealthCare at Home wants to help those in need of these services make the right decisions during what is a critical time for them and their loved ones. Hospice and palliative care offer compassionate care to patients...

Cold and Flu Prevention

Keeping Your Student Athlete Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

As certified athletic trainers with Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network, Sabrena Lary and Deanna Barrett take great pride in taking good care of their student athletes both on and off the field. And with flu season just around the corner, they have these tips to help students stay healthy: A mention...

CBD Oil

Why It’s Buyer Beware With Hemp CBD

As cannabidiol, or CBD, becomes more and more popular as a treatment for chronic pain, Dr. Jonathan Kost, Medical Director of the Hartford Hospital Pain Treatment Center, warns that it’s important to be aware of the possible risks associated with these products extracted from hemp. Only one CBD medication has...

Memory screening

Mulberry Gardens Offering Free Memory Screenings in Southington

For many people, forgetting things becomes more common as they age. When forgetfulness starts interfering with daily life, it could be a sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. A memory screening can be the first step in learning that simple forgetfulness might actually indicate a more serious problem. Mulberry Gardens...

Patellar tendon brace

Knee Pain? What To Do if It’s Patellar Tendonitis

Feeling pain in your knees when you are exercising? Jon Davis of Hartford HealthCare’s Sports Medicine team says that it could be due to patellar tendonitis. Patellar tendonitis, also known as Jumper’s or Kicker’s knee, is the inflammation of a tendon, generally due to overuse. Patellar tendonitis specifically is caused...

Icing an Injury

How to Use Ice Properly to Treat Injuries

As as a Certified Athletic Trainer on Hartford HealthCare’s Sports Medicine team, Rebecca MacEwan treats all kinds of injuries on and off the field. Sometimes the technique she uses help an injured athlete is the most common, ice.  Ice and other cooling  methods are great for treating many conditions, says MacEwan, ...


Indoor Exercise Ideas to Keep You Active in the Colder Months

As the temperature drops and the daylight hours begin to fade away, there’s no excuse to stop your exercise activities just because you can’t be outdoors anymore.  Those looking to keep up with their exercise routines during the winter months have plenty of options to stay in shape even as...

Chris Carlin

Rehabilitation Network’s Chris Carlin Named VP of NARA Board

Chris Carlin, Vice President of Operation for Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network, was recently named Vice President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies (NARA). NARA represents more than 100 organizations across the country made up of 80,000 therapists, rehab providers, and rehab support...

Eating and Strenuous Exercise

Here’s What You Should Eat Before, After Strenuous Exercise

Today is game day, the day you’ve been waiting for. You’re prepared, physically and mentally. The last thing you’ve got to do is decide what to eat. And almost as important, perhaps, is when you’re going to eat. Too early and you get hungry in the middle of the competition....


How to Avoid an Ankle Sprain: Do These Exercises

Ankle sprains are a commons sports injury that can happen to athletes in any given sports. Nicole Fontaine, a Certified Athletic Trainer with the Hartford HealthCare Sports Medicine team, explains several ways to help treat the condition and help make ankles stronger and ready to return to sport. An ankle...


How the Right Footwear Gets the Sports Season Off on the Right Foot

It’s back-to-school time, which also means it’s back-to-sports time for student athletes. For those heading back out onto the field, court or gym, new athletic footwear are part of every back-to-school shopping list. The proper type and fit of your athletic shoes can make a big difference in injury prevention...


Let the 10 Percent Rule Help You Prepare for a New Sports Season

Rest, both physical and emotional, is an important part of any sport. Maintaining a level of fitness during the off-season, however, is both good for the body and can help reduce the risk of injury when the season starts again. Taking a few days to a week off after your...


Hartford HealthCare at Home Helps WWII Vets Receive France’s Highest Honor

“God Bless America” and “Vive la France” were two phrases heard several times in the Old Judiciary Room at the State Capitol July 30 as five Connecticut World War II veterans were presented with the La Legion D’Honneur, or French Legion of Honor, medal, the highest distinction conferred in France to...


Hartford HealthCare to Help Honor Vietnam Veterans at Plainville Concert Nov. 17

The US Department of Defense (DOD) together with Hartford HealthCare and with the Plainville Wind Ensemble will honor and thank those who served during and in the Vietnam War. Hartford HealthCare was designated a Commemorative Partner by the DOD to participate in a national effort to correct the injustice of...

Heat wave and exercise

Having a Heatwave? When Exercising, Know Your Body’s Limits

Brace yourself for a weekend heatwave with temperatures in some Connecticut towns reaching 100 degrees. More ominously, heat-index values that combine temperature and dew point are expected to reach as high as 115. That probably won’t stop the diehard exercisers among us, but experts advise caution during such extreme weather....

Exercise Program

The 10 Commandments of Summer Fitness

With summer heating up and vacations already starting, it can be difficult to stick to a regular fitness routine. Michelle Boisvert, an exercise physiologist with Hartford HealthCare’s GoodLife Fitness program, has a few tips that will help you stay on track despite your busy schedule. Working out gives you more...


Who’s Ms. Senior Mulberry Gardens 2019? (She Can Sing!)

Words of wisdom, gleaned from years of life experiences, were freely shared and taken to heart at the Ms. Senior Mulberry Gardens Pageant 2019 held June 14 at the independent and assisted living community. “Look on the bright side,” “Do whatever you can possibly do,” “Stay active and exercise,” “Live...


Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute to Host PTSD Program

In honor of National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day, the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute will be hosting a series of free programs designed to help those dealing with the disorder on June 27th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Center for Musculoskeletal Health. PTSD is a...


HHC Staff Raise Awareness about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, staff members from Hartford HealthCare’s Center for Healthy Aging set up tables at several hospitals to provide free information about the services they offer to help keep seniors safe.  World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched by the...


Three Veterans Receive Wartime Service Medals at Mulberry Gardens

Many people remember their 21st birthdays. However, few individuals celebrate like Marjorie McKennerney did on her 21st in 1944: she enlisted in the U.S. Navy. “We were all very patriotic at that time. We all wanted our country to win the war,” she said, explaining why she felt compelled to...


YMCA, Hartford HealthCare Partner to Improve Residents’ Health

Hartford HealthCare (HHC) and the Southington-Cheshire community YMCAs are partnering to offer exercise and health education to improve the health of local residents, including those with diabetes. In November, the collaboration along with support from the Main Street Foundation, generated the YMCAs’ free 12-week Diabetes Prevention Program that combines health...


How a Spinal Cord Stimulator Can Eliminate Chronic Pain

When he slipped and fell on a snowy driveway during the winter or 2017 and injured his back, Christian Doll began an arduous journey to regain a life free of pain.  The chronic pain he felt from the injury he sustained lead him to seek numerous treatments, which, he said...


How Vestibular Rehab Can Help Those Struggling with Dizziness, Balance Problems and Motion Intolerance

Vestibular rehabilitation is a complex discipline. Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network has a team of highly skilled vestibular therapists located throughout the state to meet the needs of patients experiencing various disorders including vertigo (true spinning sensation), dizziness (feeling off), balance problems, nausea and motion intolerance.  According to the National Institutes...


Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network Recognizes World Lymphedema Day March 6

The Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network Lymphedema team will be on hand with information tables at Hartford Hospital, MidState Medical Center, Hospital of Central Connecticut and the Hospital of Central Connecticut Cancer Center on March 6, 2019 in recognition of World Lymphedema Day. Did you know? Did you know 10 million...


Mother and daughter turn to GoodLife Fitness for improved health

Dynamic duo Donna and Julianne Joseph are no strangers to wanting to look and feel their best. As a former and a current cosmetologist, these New Britain residents have always been committed to maintaining their personal appearance. So it’s no surprise that they apply the same principals when it comes...

Back Pain

How Physical Therapy Can Help Your Low Back Pain

Low back pain, a common problem, is a major cause of disability resulting in difficulties with function at home and work. More than 80 percent of Americans experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Jonathan Sylvain, manager of the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network’s Spine Program, says physical...


Don’t Just Sit There — How to Stay Healthy at Your Desk Job

For many working adults, the 9 to 5 routine involves a lot of time sitting down, whether it’s sitting in a desk chair for eight hours, sitting through long meetings or sitting-down during your commute.  While sitting may be a requirement of your job, Ken Bruno, MSPT and Shawn Tuthill, MSPT...


Things to Consider When Choosing a Private Duty Caregiver

Choosing a caregiver for yourself or a loved one can seem like an overwhelming task. Hartford HealthCare Independence at Home is here to help with some questions to keep in mind when choosing a private duty caregiver. Do you need hands-on care? Help around your home? Companionship? If you need...


Bladder Cancer, Then Three Surgeries. And Now?

Steven Hanson is a familiar face around Hartford HealthCare’s Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute offices, and not because he’s in fixing the vending machines as part of his job. Since early 2017, the Vernon bachelor has had three separate surgeries to address a series of cancer discoveries in his bladder,...


Arbor Rose and Jerome Home Honor Resident Veterans

Jerome Home resident Geraldine Anderson teared up as she gazed at the bright red U.S. Marine Corps flag she grasped in her left hand. “This is one of the best days of my life,” she said after receiving the flag, a congratulatory letter, an honors certificate and the Connecticut Veterans...

Woman with kettlebell.

Weight, Weight: Don’t Tell Me (Simple Exercises to Tone the Body?)

When most people hear the words weight training, images of bodybuilders lifting huge heavy weights may be the first thing that comes to mind. But you don’t have to look like a young Arnold Schwarzenegger to reap the benefits that weight training can provide. Weight training is an extremely important...


Steps for Safer Autumn Training Runs

As autumn approaches, many people look forward to getting out for a run in the cooler weather. While some consider fall the best time of year for training to run in organized races, Ken Bruno, MSPT, CSCS, of the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network, says that it’s important to remember some...

Seniors and Opioids

Seniors Not Immune to Opioid Epidemic

As the opioid epidemic continues to impact communities throughout the United States, it’s important to recognize seniors as a subset of the population sometimes overlooked in this crisis. Because seniors are more likely to experience physical issues that cause chronic pain, they are also more likely to be prescribed opioid...

Homecare

How to Know When it’s Time For Homecare

Knowing when your family member may need assistance at home can be daunting, says Hartford HealthCare at Home’s Karen Pagliaro. “When visiting, look around,” she says. “Is the home not cared for the way it had been in the past?  Are there dishes in the sink, laundry piling up, newspaper scattered...

GoodLife Fitness Center Upgrade

A New-Look Fitness Center at Mulberry Gardens

Newly remodeled GoodLife Fitness Center at Hartford HealthCare’s Mulberry Gardens supports exercise goals of older adults Dora Devino, a Mulberry Gardens of Southington resident, loves the newly remodeled GoodLife Fitness Center where she exercises several times each week. “The longer I stay on the machines, the better I feel,” she...


Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic Opens in Newington

Staff from Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network joined members of the Newington Chamber of Commerce and Town Council for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Hospital of Central Connecticut Rehabilitation Network’s new outpatient clinic on Fenn Road in Newington.  The event was also attended by representatives from the Hartford HealthCare/GoHealth Urgent Care...

Wendy Nichols

Exercising in the Searing Summer Heat? Some Tips

With summer in full swing, people are getting outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and get some exercise. Although being active is good for your health, Wendy Nichols, area director for the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network, offers these precautions for staying safe: When to work out: It’s best to work out early...


Mulberry Gardens Pageant celebrates ‘What a Wonderful World’

The joy for life, vibrancy and a sense of humor characterized the contestants in the Ms. Senior Mulberry Gardens Pageant 2018 held June 8. The women, whose ages ranged from 75 to 97 years old, all had advice for staying young. “Don’t stay home – keep active. Don’t act like...


Hartford HealthCare at Home Nightingale Nurse: ‘It’s Very Rewarding Work’

When people think of health care, they think of doctors’ offices, clinics, and hospitals. But what about the hundreds of patients that receive care in their own homes? That’s where Luanne Salcito steps in. With her team of 49 aides, plus nurses and other care workers, Luanne coordinates home visits...

Caregiver with client.

In-Home Care: The Alternative to Nursing Homes, Assisted Living

Asking for help is difficult.  Knowing when someone you love needs help can be even harder.  The last thing any parent or family member wants is to be a burden to those they care about and will often avoid asking for help until it becomes evident they need it. But...


Hand Symposium May 5 in Hartford

The Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network is hosting the 3rd annual Hand Symposium at the Hartford Hospital Ambulatory Surgery Building at the Bone & Joint Institute on Saturday, May 5, from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm.  The symposium, targeted to Occupational Therapists, COTAs, Physical Therapists and PTAs, will feature presenters Dr. Kevin Burton...


Athletic Trainers: An Integral Part of the Sports Health Team

National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about the important work performed Athletic Trainers.  The Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network has 15 Athletic Trainers on the team who work tirelessly to help prevent injuries, provide emergency care for acute injuries and develop and implement rehab...

Compression bandage on swollen ankle.

Finding New Ways to Manage Fluid Retention of Lymphedema

March is Lymphedema Awareness Month and Linda Hodgkins and her team from the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network are hoping to shed some light on this serious and often misunderstood disease. Lymphedema occurs when the lymphatic system is compromised or damaged creating chronic swelling due to an accumulation of lymph fluid...