April is Occupational Therapy Awareness Month!

Provided by Black Bear Academy

blackbear2What is Occupational Therapy?

  • Occupational therapists work with individuals to promote engagement in meaningful and purposeful everyday life activities (occupations) for the purpose of successful participation in roles and situations in home, school, work place, and community. (Case-Smith, J. 2010)

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Spring Break Travel Tips

By Jennifer Gibson, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, DrJen@DrJenChicago.com

familyvacationAs spring break approaches, many students and their families are anticipating some time away.  Part of planning for a trip involves preparing for potential problem situations beforehand.  Because kids tend to misbehave when they need attention or direction, focusingRead more


Reconnecting with Your Partner after Childbirth

By Jennifer Gibson, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, DrJen@DrJenChicago.com

newbaby2Congratulations of your new addition(s) to the family! Although many of your friends and family told you that children “change your life,” you really don’t know exactly what this means until it happens. Parenting is not easy, and neitherRead more


Proper Diet Increases Cognitive Performance and Protects Against Alzheimer’s

by David Modica

fruitbowlEveryone experiences moments when they suddenly draw a blank, unable to recall a fact or a detail thought of just moments before. It’s no myth that the frequency of situations like this can increase over time, as brain function has been provenRead more


Swedish Covenant Hospital Goes Red for Heart Health

Go Red for Women Employee Photo croppedOn Friday, February 5th, the Swedish Covenant Hospital staff banded together to raise awareness for women’s heart disease by wearing red in recognition of National Wear Red Day. Participants gathered to take a group photo that was posted to social media, utilizing the reach of theRead more


Physical Fitness: A Way of Life That Helped Save a Life!

DanWithTrainersIt’s proven that working out can improve quality of life and often extend life expectancy. For north side Chicago resident Dan Tepke, his time at Galter LifeCenter succeeded in doing both!

In addition to regular exercise, Dan utilized personal training at Galter LifeCenter in combinationRead more


Putting Valentine’s Day into perspective for our children

valentine1Valentine's Day can be a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation for the people we love. For many children, celebrating Valentine's Day first happens in school. Frequently, there is a class party and the distribution of valentines among classmates. Unfortunately, it can be an event that elicitsRead more


New Year’s Resolutions.

By Jennifer Gibson, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

NYE-resolutionsFor many adults, the New Year can be a time to reflect on the previous year, future goals, or an opportunity to expand on current undertakings.  Not only can we as parents benefit from New Year’s resolutions, our childrenRead more


Swedish Covenant Hospital Earns Recertification as a NICHE Designated Hospital

SCH_NICHESwedish Covenant Hospital was recently recertified as a NICHE designated hospital by the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders program. NICHE awarded the hospital a “Senior-Friendly” status, exemplifying the hospital’s commitment to quality care for patients over 65 and providing state-of-the-art resources to better addressRead more


Swedish Covenant Hospital Earns “Straight A’s” for Patient Safety from Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score

SwedishHospitalSwedish Covenant Hospital has been recognized once again for its dedication to patient safety by receiving another A grade in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score. The Score rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. ThisRead more