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Occupational Therapy for Daily Tasks
January 5, 2017 11:06 AM by Debra Karplus
Careful as I typically am, icy conditions recently got the best of me. I slipped and fell, causing me to break my left wrist; and I am left-handed. These few weeks since my injury have given me an increased appreciation for the challenges of daily life Read More...
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Health and Wellness Fairs
March 3, 2016 2:45 PM by Debra Karplus
On more than one occasion, I have been driving around town on a Saturday morning doing miscellaneous errands and felt compelled to stop to check out some local health and wellness fair. There are several of these fairs each year around here; it seems Read More...
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Stroke and Short Term Memory
February 8, 2016 9:03 AM by Debra Karplus
Though more of a lark than a night owl, and seldom staying awake late enough to enjoy late night television, I remember in the early 1990s people were talking about one of the comical characters on NBC's popular show Saturday Night Live , Mr. Short Term Read More...
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Chair Yoga
February 1, 2016 10:47 AM by Debra Karplus
I've written a couple of other blogs here about yoga; one was a general article about the benefits of yoga for our patients and for ourselves, and the other blog was about my experience trying laughter yoga at a local park district event. My personal Read More...
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Body Mechanics
January 26, 2016 3:02 PM by Debra Karplus
A friend of mine had a successful career as a dental hygienist but ultimately needed to "retire" much sooner than she would have wanted to due to carpal tunnel syndrome and other problems in her wrists and hands which she attributes to the required body Read More...
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The Paralympics
November 10, 2015 11:48 AM by Debra Karplus
I am a member of the Neighborhood Services Advisory Board here in my town. Via a recent city event, I met a lovely young woman who is employed by the city's public works department, specifically recycling. Over dinner, several of us started talking and Read More...
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Help Fight ALS
October 30, 2015 12:13 PM by Debra Karplus
You probably have never heard of either Ray Spooner or Lynda Holman but both could use your help. Ray is a 56 year old nurse midwife living here in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. I have known him and his family for many years. Ray is a fascinating man with Read More...
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Cycling Safely
September 30, 2015 2:58 PM by Debra Karplus
My friend died recently. I don't know the official cause of death, but I definitely know that he had some dementia that became totally debilitating during the last years of his life - so debilitating that he couldn't function on his own or even in an Read More...
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Laughter Yoga
September 22, 2015 3:18 PM by Debra Karplus
The Park District here advertises free yoga in one of our most beautiful parks each Saturday morning at nine during the summer months. I enjoy doing yoga, and the word "free" always screams my name, so this activity had been on my bucket list for the Read More...
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Respecting Children with Disabilities
September 16, 2015 2:42 PM by Debra Karplus
Yesterday, we stopped at our favorite ice cream store to treat ourselves to hot fudge sundaes. Living in a relatively small town for a long time, I often find myself running into people that I know from some little pocket of my life, and while standing Read More...
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Advising New Moms to Use Caution
September 9, 2015 11:01 AM by Debra Karplus
Through a friend, I heard an incredibly sad story that I share over and over, especially with pregnant teens and new moms. An upper middle class, highly educated couple left their two month old with an experienced nanny while they went out for an appointment Read More...
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Getting Along on the Job
August 10, 2015 12:09 PM by Debra Karplus
The other day, I started thinking about an interesting interaction that happened a few years ago with a couple of co-workers. I'm not even sure what prompted this experience to pop into my head when it did, but I will share the story. At a long term care Read More...
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Give Credit where Credit is due
August 4, 2015 5:08 PM by Debra Karplus
The other day, I was riding on a commuter train. The last passenger to board the train at my stop was a young woman who was using a blind cane; let's call her Mary. The conductor escorted her to a seat in an area designated for people with disabilities. Read More...
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Taking Dad Fishing
July 28, 2015 12:32 PM by Debra Karplus
Last weekend, we took Dad fishing - a sport that he has always enjoyed since he was a young boy who fished with his father. In Dad's younger years, he especially enjoyed fishing from a boat, and has fond memories of yearly trips up to the north woods Read More...
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When your Friend has ALS
July 13, 2015 4:53 PM by Debra Karplus
What do you say when your friend tells you that her brother, whom you know, and a man in his mid-fifties who is in the prime of his life, has just been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, (ALS), the disease that the general public knows as Lou Read More...
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