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Fall 2020 Wellness Series Event Recap

Last updated 10/23/2022

Falling Asleep and Staying Asleep

Laura Cox MA, OTR/L

Friday, December 4, 2020

Presented by Laura Cox, OTD, OTR/L
With the disruption to daily life, increased screen use, and heightened stress levels as a result of the global pandemic, many individuals are reporting greater difficulties with their sleep routines. Sleep not only provides us the much-needed energy we all seek, but it supports our brain health (think: memory, focus, acuity) and physical health (think: immune function, blood sugar regulation, cellular repair). In this session, you will learn about the sleep process and how sleep impacts your health. We discussed practical steps you can implement today to improve your sleep.

View the PowerPoint here: Falling Asleep and Staying Asleep Presentation

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Additional Resources:

Your Behavioral Plan for Improving Your Sleep

Getting “Fit for Life”

Friday, November 20, 2020

Presented by Professor Kimiko Yamada, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CLT, who has spearheaded the Emeriti Center Wellness events with Physical Therapy for the past several years.

Our USC Physical Therapy faculty and graduate students presented information about staying healthy across the lifespan this November. This event was interactive, informative, and fun as we learned about everyday exercises and physical activity! Even though we are mostly stuck at home, we can’t forget to exercise to maintain and improve our health and wellness.

Get a free electronic copy of “Your Everyday Guide: Exercise and Physical Activity” from the National Institute on Aging.  This book is full of helpful tips to keep you fit for life.

To view the Getting “Fit for Life” Presentation click here.

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Good Oral Health during COVID-19

Friday, October 23, 2020

Covering the Mouth During the Covid Pandemic – Presented by Joyce Sumi, RDH, BS, MS, Director USC Community Oral Health Certificate, USC Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry Division of Periodontology, Diagnostic Sciences and Dental Hygiene

Why is it so important to have clean teeth if a mask is covering your mouth nowadays?  What does your mouth say about your overall health? Discover why good oral health is especially critical during this Covid-19 pandemic.

To view the Good Oral Health Presentation click here.

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I’m All Ears! Exploring the Hearing and Balance Organs

Friday, November 6, 2020

Presented by Alaina Basset, AuD, PhD, CCC-A
Learn about the age-related changes that occur to both the hearing and balance organs. We will also discuss the diagnostic tests for the inner ear and the ways to rehabilitate hearing and balance, and how the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting hearing healthcare.

To view the Hearing and Balance Organs PowerPoint click here. 

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Additional Resources: 

TED Talk on hearing presented by Jim Hudspeth, Biophysicist

USC Department of Otolaryngology

USC Department of Otolaryngology – Research Labs

American Tinnitus Association 

NIDCD – What is Tinnitus?