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When OTs Wore White Shoes

Reflections from a One-handed OT
January 20, 2017 12:15 PM by Debra Karplus
It's now been 3.5 weeks since I fell on my icy driveway getting into a friend's car to go swimming, fracturing my left wrist; I'm left handed. Typically I'm a very active person in terms of exercise, including walking, biking, swimming and racket sports. Read More...
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Aging in Place: An OT's Testimonial
January 9, 2017 11:22 AM by Debra Karplus
Last year I did something I never imagined I'd do. I bought a condo and sold my house. In 1978 with a newborn and a two year old, we bought a three-story home near the heart of downtown in our college town that had been built in 1907. I had so many wonderful Read More...
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Spinal Stenosis
February 17, 2016 12:16 PM by Debra Karplus
One of my relatives, who is in his eighties, shared with me that though he is in excellent health, he was recently diagnosed with spinal stenosis. He now uses a walker at times to keep him steady on his feet, but he does have a sense of relief that at 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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Helmets for Falls?
October 27, 2015 11:18 AM by Debra Karplus
It seems that I attend a lot of funerals these days, mostly of parents of my friends. At this recent funeral, the deceased had been a lively 93 years old. A bad fall at home and a nasty bump on the head lead to complications that ended her life rather Read More...
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Baby Boomers and Joint Pain
October 16, 2015 1:09 PM by Debra Karplus
In the 1960s and ‘70s, a good number of baby boomers, post-war people born between the years 1946 and 1964, were rolling, lighting up, and passing around marijuana joints. (Just for the record, that activity was never part of my repertoire!) Now, forty Read More...
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Preventing Falls
August 31, 2015 12:52 PM by Debra Karplus
A friend's father, a robust and relatively healthy man in his eighties, went down to the basement to assess the water damage after recent heavy rains and fell. One problem lead to another and within about six weeks, he passed away. We had just been at Read More...
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Mr. Magoo and Disabilities
April 9, 2015 12:30 PM by Debra Karplus
Raised in the 1950s, like many children, I spent hours in front of the television, an innovation in home entertainment back then as well as a large piece of furniture. There were only a few channels. TV was not on 24/7 as it is today. I confess that one Read More...
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Driver Education and OT
June 16, 2014 8:08 AM by Debra Karplus
When I was in occupational therapy school in the early 1970s, hospitals and nursing homes were the main arenas where OTs worked. Training to transfer in and out of a car for homebound hospital patients who were paraplegic was the extent to which I helped Read More...
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