November 2016

Halloween Laser Tag
Zombies were slain, battles were won and much laughter was had by all who came out for the Halloween Laser Tag event that took place at Indoor Extreme Sports on Wednesday  October 19th. All the costumes that were represented were top notch! From an angel to a werewolf, everyone put on their best and was ready to have a great time... And we did! So to my ghouls of the evening, I will put away my costume for now and plot out my gaming strategies for the following year. 
Wheelchair Abilities Dance Program
Mount Sinai's Recreational Therapy Department has hosted its third season of the Wheelchair Abilities Dance Program for 2016 and had the pleasure of performing for the ADA Fair on Thursday, October 27th and for the World Stroke Day fair on Friday, October 28th. The performances  included songs sung by Daniel from Daniel's Music Foundation, a Flow & Flair dance piece and 8 various routines within the Wheelchair Abilities Dance Program which included bachata, cha-cha, west coast & east coast swing, male rumba, female Indian dance, a special lyrical homage to one of our dancer's mothers who has passed and an adaptive tap dancing piece put together by a program called Tap Dancing Hands Down which was created by a former Radio City Rockette & Tap Dance teacher, Mary Six Rupert. This event truly highlighted the strengths, talents, and abilities of each person involved and gave them the opportunity to shine in their own spotlight. A special thanks to the NYC Spinal Cord Injury Association for graciously sponsoring Recreation Therapy's dance program this year and making it possible for seasoned new dancers to participate.
Do-it! Program's Thanksgiving
We had a great turnout for our Thanksgiving lunch on Wednesday November 16th. Over 30 participants came out to eat and share in good conversation. The food was tasty and It's safe to say that no person that attended left hungry. A special thank you to Jared Kaplan from Hollister who has supported our Do-it! program Thanksgiving lunch for the past 4 years.
Dance With Disabilities
HLD is a New York-based modern dance company dedicated to redefining beauty and virtuosity through provocative and innovative performance using performers with unique attributes to bring rigorous, passionate and provocative contemporary dance to diverse audiences. ON DISPLAY is a deconstructed art exhibit/fashion show. With a commentary on the body as spectacle and society's obsession with body image. Members of the disability, performance and fashion worlds are often stared at and objectified in their daily lives. This performance piece addresses this propensity to judge people according to their looks and disabilities.
Botox Study For Back Pain
Ajax Yang, MD. is conducting research evaluating the potential of Botox injection underneath the skin to provide pain relief in persons with SCI's that have nerve pain near the leave of injury in the spine. Injection of Botox just under the skin have been shown to decrease nerve pain in other individuals and have been reported to help people with spinal cord injury related pain. It is important to know that you may not get any benefit from participating in this research. However, possible benefits are temporary decrease in your back pain following the procedure for about 3 months or longer. 

If you would like to learn more about this study or have any questions, please contact Ajax Yang, MD. at 857-222-2264 or

Autonomic Nervous System Study
Researchers at the Bronx VA are conducting a research project investigating the degree of cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction in people with SCI. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is the part of the nervous system that controls many bodily functions that you don't think about, such as your heart rate, breathing rate, sweating, and blood pressure. ANS function will be examined through a series of simple clinical tests. Participation will last about 2 weeks and require 2 two-hour visits to Mount Sinai. For each visit, participants will receive $50 for a total compensation of $100 for the study. Those that are interested can contact  Matthew Maher at 718-584-9000 ext 1732 or
Caregiver Support Group
Just a reminder to all interested, the Caregiver Support Group is meeting every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 5:50pm - 7pm at 5 East 102nd Street, Room 109. For more information, please contact Christina Nostitz at 212-824-7608 or
Peer Group
Come have lunch and join in on the conversation at our Peer Support Group that takes place every Friday from 1pm - 2pm at 5 East 102nd Street in the conference room. For more information please contact Woody at 646-946-7204 or
Wheelchair Maintenance
Every wanted to fix something on your wheelchair but didn't know how? The Wheelchair Maintenance Workshop  is a great opportunity for you to get to know your wheelchair and feeling confident and comfortable fixing/maintaining it so it is functioning on the highest level possible.  
Holiday Party!
Come out and join us for our annual Holiday Party where there will be music and lots of good food! 
Recipe For The Month
For those of you that love pumpkin pie, here is a great recipe for the holidays.

  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust
  • 3/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15 once) can LIBBY'S 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1.     Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2.     Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg in small bowl. Beat lightly in large bowl. stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell.

3.     Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F.; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool for 2 hours then serve or refrigerate until ready to serve. (Do not freeze as this will cause the crust to separate from the filling.)

4.     All done! Enjoy and happy holidays!

Life Challenge Upcoming Events
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