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  • 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
  • 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
  • Dealing with Death

    One thing anyone working in Long Term Care (LTC) will have to deal with is people passing away. During my years as a COTA I had several people I was currently working with die. It was never easy to deal with, but it's a fact of life. Since most people in a nursing home have already had some sort of illness or injury they are already compromised ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on August 8, 2014
  • Driver Education and OT

     When I was in occupational therapy school in the early 1970s, hospitals and nursing homes were the main arenas where OTs worked. Training to transfer in and out of a car for homebound hospital patients who were paraplegic was the extent to which I helped patients with driving. Sometimes we used a sliding board. In the past four decades, OT ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on June 16, 2014
  • Alzheimer’s Test

    Alzheimer's is one of the top ten causes of death. There is no cure or prevention. People affected by it normally display gradual symptoms of memory loss, leading towards total loss of control of many bodily functions up to death. Most people who suffer from Alzheimer's are not aware of having the disease, and up until now confirming the ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on May 23, 2014
  • Medical Insurance for Retirees

    It looks like the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has developed another plus for our senior citizens. With the current changes in healthcare coverage coming with ACA some companies have changed the way they plan to fund retirement medical benefits. Several large corporations have decided to drop private purchasing of retirement health benefits and ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on September 20, 2013
  • Retirement Thoughts

    So when you retire will you still work? Isn't retirement supposed to be when you can stop working? The problem is many people who plan to retire early are not financially ready to make that transition. The first thing that you'll need to consider is your mortgage. About 50% of people age 62 still have a mortgage. If you draw money from a ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on September 13, 2013
  • Rural Therapy

    I just returned from a trip out to the Midwest visiting family. They live in a small town with a population of around 4,000 people. Towns out there are miles apart, and the closest city for major shopping is almost an hour away. That got me thinking about my first job as a COTA, driving around rural Missouri providing therapy in small hospitals, ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on September 8, 2013
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