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  • Reflections from a One-handed OT

    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. I also am a doer, someone who gets out with friends to the symphony and numerous local events. ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on January 20, 2017
  • Aging in Place: An OT's Testimonial

    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 memories of raising children there, the garden, the wood-burning stove, and the chance to ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on January 9, 2017
  • Spinal Stenosis

    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 least now he has a medical explanation for the frequent pain in his lower back, hip and leg. He ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on February 17, 2016
  • Stroke and Short Term Memory

    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 Memory. On some online lists, Mr. Short Term Memory was considered one of the show's ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on February 8, 2016
  • Chair Yoga

    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 interest in yoga comes from the fact that I sometimes attend a variety of different kinds of yoga ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on February 1, 2016
  • New Home Health Bill Recognizes OT

    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., has issued a press release revealing that on Dec. 8, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced the Medicare Home Heath Flexibility Act (S. 2364). This bill would allow home health agencies the flexibility to use the most appropriate skilled rehabilitation ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on December 23, 2015
  • Helmets for Falls?

    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 quickly.   At the meal after the funeral service, I shared with a few people that I was an ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on October 27, 2015
  • Baby Boomers and Joint Pain

    This blog was written by Debra Karplus, author for the blog ''When OTs Wear White Shoes.''  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, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on October 16, 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 When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on October 16, 2015
  • Preventing Falls

    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 a barbecue with him right before his fall, and it was hard to imagine such ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on August 31, 2015
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