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  • The Paralympics

    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 I discovered that this woman was also involved in Paralympic Volleyball. Confused why that such ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on November 10, 2015
  • AOTF Announces Research Priorities

    The American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF), Bethesda, Md., issued a press release in late October announcing research priorities to work toward its vision of a vibrant science that builds knowledge to support effective, evidence-based occupational therapy. According to the release, future AOTF research initiatives will address: ● ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on November 5, 2015
  • Help Fight ALS

    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 many interests. I attended his Bar Mitzvah earlier this year. He did an amazing job reading ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on October 30, 2015
  • Baby Boomers and Joint Pain

    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 or so years later, those same people are concerned about a different sort of joint, namely, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on October 16, 2015
  • Cycling Safely

    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 assisted living facility. He spent his final years in a long term care facility near his ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on September 30, 2015
  • OT Practitioners Are Headed to Capitol Hill

    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) just issued a press release this week declaring that hundreds of OT clinicians, educators, and students from across the United States will meet with elected officials Sept. 28 on Capitol Hill. They intend to discuss key legislative issues affecting the profession and the current state ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on September 18, 2015
  • Instantly Relieve Depression Symptoms

    Yesterday I spoke with an extremely depressed guy with a long history of alcohol abuse. My colleague told me that the doctors were ready to discharge him stating, ''There is nothing we can do for him if he does not want to go to rehab.'' You didn't have to be Freud to recognize that this guy was trapped inside his depression. His thought process ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on September 16, 2015
  • Advising New Moms to Use Caution

    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 with their older child, after which they wanted to do some errands. While at the mall, ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on September 9, 2015
  • OTs Teaching PTs

    While there are many important differences between the physical and occupational therapy fields, it is more often than not found that each profession can learn a lot from the other. Back in July I went to visit Phoebe Ministries, a non-profit, multi-facility organization specializing in health care, housing, and support services for seniors ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on September 4, 2015
  • AOTA Issues Backpack Safety Tips

    With the start of school approaching, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., issued a press release on July 30 stating, in part: ''Heavy loads carried by more than 79 million students across the U.S. can cause low-back pain that often lasts through adulthood. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on August 5, 2015
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