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  • 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
  • Taking Dad Fishing

    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 of Minnesota where he and a bunch of his buddies enjoyed a week of rustic ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on July 28, 2015
  • When your Friend has ALS

    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 Gehrig's disease? It's tough to come up with words of comfort for a friend or relative who has ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on July 13, 2015
  • A Night & Day Difference

    Last week I worked with an incredibly anxious young man who could barely sit still and make eye contact. He'd been on the unit for a couple of weeks. While he was generally cooperative, he was easily frustrated by other people and had difficulty being around them. During the course of our session, I could see a dramatic shift in his level of ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on July 8, 2015
  • Breakthrough for OTs to Provide Behavioral Health Services

    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., recently issued a press release announcing a major achievement for the profession -- inclusion of occupational therapy in newly established criteria for mental health services. On May 20, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) included licensed occupational ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on July 1, 2015
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