Are your hands aching from yardwork and gardening?
Here’s some advice from certified hand therapist Kathy Heimer OTR/L, CHT:
“Your garden is not usually a dangerous place, but any time you work with your hands, there is a risk of injury or strain. A hand therapist can help with seasonal injuries – and with chronic conditions like arthritis or tendonitis.
“Hand therapists provide non-operative interventions, preventative care and post-surgical rehabilitation for a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions.
Heat is the #1 cause of weather-related death in the U.S. Protect your health during high heat and humidity.
Here’s good advice from Rice County Public Health to stay cool and hydrated during a heat wave:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Slow down, stay indoors, and avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
Sleep changes as you age. The amount of ZZZs your body needs, your ability to fall (and stay) asleep, your body’s response to lack of sleep . . . it’s a shifting landscape.
But healthy sleep is important at every age. Sleep benefits your physical and mental health.
“Your metabolism is at its most efficient when you’re well-rested,” says Dr. Bryan Hoff, Medical Director of the Sleep Center at Northfield Hospital and board-certified in sleep medicine. “Your brain works better too, which helps you think, learn and work at your best. That’s important at every age.”