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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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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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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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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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Therapy on Wheels
January 18, 2016 9:24 AM by Debra Karplus
The other day I drove by the local Bloodmobile parked in front of a large downtown bank near my house. It brought to mind an old fantasy that I had entertained for years, but never actually acted on it. During most of my years working as an occupational 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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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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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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Becoming a Travelling Occupational Therapist
September 29, 2014 8:00 AM by Debra Karplus
It seems that a week does not go by without receiving a phone call from a recruiting company offering me a full time position "in my area". Many of these jobs are with companies that also employ travelling therapists. Some of the opportunities that have Read More...
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Home Visit Safety
February 10, 2014 12:11 PM by Debra Karplus
Visiting patients or clients in their homes in rural central Illinois for adult wheelchair assessments, school-aged child evaluations, or birth-to-three early interventions, was how I spent much of my professional life as an occupational therapist in Read More...
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