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When OTs Wore White Shoes

Occupational Therapy for Dogs
January 26, 2017 12:30 PM by Debra Karplus
My 50-year-old friend, Sam, called. His back and knees are hurting because he has been carrying his beloved pooch up and down flights of stairs since the elevator to his sixth floor New York apartment has recently been out of service. But he is more concerned Read More...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Back in the Pool
August 26, 2015 1:22 PM by Debra Karplus
For about twenty five years, I swam laps in an indoor pool near my house once or twice a day almost daily. My form was never great, and my swim lasted only about twenty minutes. After my swim I'd sometimes stay for use of the steam room or the whirlpool. Read More...
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...
The Role of OT with COPD: Treating the Whole Patient
May 26, 2015 3:48 PM by Debra Karplus
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a nasty disease that occupational therapists often work with in their patients. People don't realize the many symptoms that come with this disease until it robs a loved one of any sort of reasonable quality Read More...
Confidentiality and Healthcare
March 18, 2015 1:57 PM by Debra Karplus
I turned on the television last night, to a channel that exclusively plays reruns of popular old shows. I was delighted to see "The Bob Newhart Show." On air from 1972 to 1978, Bob starred in this sitcom as Dr. Bob Hartley, a psychologist with an endearing Read More...
Service Dogs and Occupational Therapy
November 24, 2014 10:34 AM by Debra Karplus
Service dogs have always intrigued me. Our old pooch Harold was smart and, like many service dogs, was part shepherd and Labrador retriever, but Harold was somewhat manic and more interested in chasing Frisbees and terrorizing the postman; He seemingly Read More...
The Americans with Disabilities Act and You
July 21, 2014 11:38 AM by Debra Karplus
July 26, 1990 marks the date that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), was signed into law by President George Bush, legislation that was initially presented to the federal government by Senator Tom Harkin in 1988. I have a vivid recollection of Read More...
My Issue with Recruiters
June 30, 2014 8:54 AM by Debra Karplus
I enjoyed reading the recent ADVANCE blog about recruiters. I really don't even remember recruiters for therapy positions until about the late 1980s. I did an online search to see if I could find out about the evolution of recruiting companies in therapy, Read More...
Wanted: A Few Good Men in OT
June 23, 2014 10:58 AM by Debra Karplus
If you look through any of the old occupational therapy textbooks or photos you seldom (never) see any male OTs. When I was in occupational therapy school in the early 1970s, I remember that there was one male in our class of approximately twenty students, Read More...
Life as a Rural Occupational Therapist
April 28, 2014 9:15 AM by Debra Karplus
I've spent the majority of my OT years working in rural communities. Initially my work was in nursing homes. Later, my caseload shifted to group homes for adults with developmental disabilities. More recently, I worked for school cooperatives in rural Read More...
What Ever Happened to My Favorite Patients?
April 21, 2014 9:29 AM by Debra Karplus
I've been reading the obituaries in our local newspaper for a long time. Apparently, many people do the same. My early work was in nursing homes. When you work with a patient daily for thirty days, you get to know them and their families well by the time Read More...