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    SPOTLIGHT: The Birches at Newtown

    Stroke survivor determined to live her best life

    Three years ago, Sarah-Jane Nedl underwent surgery for an aneurysm and suffered a stroke that affected the left side of her body. Her prognosis was grim.

    “They didn’t think I was going to make it,” Sarah-Jane said, but she proved to her medical team that she’s a fighter.

    Motivated by love and guidance from her husband, Bob, she endured intensive rehabilitation before calling The Birches at Newtown home.

    “Bob came to see me every day. He pushed me to get better and taught me how to write again,” she fondly recalled. “I push on for him so that I can share his memory.

    While living at The Birches, she continues to take her recovery regimen to the next level, participating in exercise classes twice a day, five days a week! And as a resident, she has access to the FOX Optimal Living program for a complete spectrum of rehabilitative care.

    This on-site service includes physical, occupational, and speech therapies and comprehensive wellness screenings. Clinical experts create and carry out individualized wellness plans to help residents maintain their health and independence.

    “For Sarah-Jane, access to FOX Optimal Living has really helped her improve her confidence with walking,” FOX Rehab Director Kristin Fitti Hafer explained.

    Within five months, she has transitioned from using a walker to a cane!

    “She works hard and is determined to live her best life,” Dr. Fitti Hafer noted.

    In addition to therapy services, Sarah-Jane also enjoys arts and crafts, particularly painting, because its soothing effects help her focus.

    Art is also a beneficial activity for stroke survivors, allowing the brain to repair or rewire itself to restore functions damaged by a stroke.

    Your loved one can embrace their best life too! Find out how The Birches can help by calling 215-240-4829 or visiting www.thebirchesatnewtown.com.

    PHOTO CAP: Sarah-Jane Nedl paints a winter scene at The Birches at Newtown. The Rothkoff Law Group recently selected this painting for publication in its annual calendar for the upcoming year.

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