Parkinson’s disease affects the way people move, often leading to increasingly smaller gestures and less efficient movements. Those changes cause difficulty moving around, getting dressed, and performing countless other daily living activities. Beginning treatment soon after a Parkinson’s diagnosis can help manage long-term problems with balance, mobility, and posture.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 6 million stroke survivors living in the United States—and nearly 800,000 Americans experience a stroke each year. Strokes are among the leading causes of longterm disability in adults, and their effects often lead to persistent difficulties with the most basic daily tasks.
In September 2017, Sunset Village began offering an innovative art program for memory care residents. Now through its first full year, the Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) program is adding a creative element to Sunset’s resident care.
The most common question rehabilitation patients ask Isaiah Rupp is whether their physical or occupational therapy is actually going to work.
“I tell them therapy will indeed work, as long as they participate in the process.”
Isaiah is part of an eight-person team that provides in-patient and outpatient rehab services at Sunset Village. Programs range from neurological therapy for clients recovering from strokes to physical therapy for those with joint and mobility issues. An important part of the team’s role is educating patients about how rehab aids in their recoveries.
“Many people don’t immediately understand the goal of rehab,” explains Isaiah. “While we don’t treat the conditions that caused a stroke, for instance, we do help patients regain functional ability following the event.”
In keeping with Sunset’s person-centered approach to rehab, Isaiah and his team work to understand their patients’ individual goals. Then, by tailoring programs to each person’s desired outcomes, they help motivate patients to apply the effort required for therapy to succeed.