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  • Geriatric Advice

    ''I have a positive attitude and I surround myself with positive people. I eat cleanly and have a bowel movement every day -- it makes a difference (wink).'' This wise statement was given to me by a 98-year-old patient when I asked her, ''What is the secret to aging gracefully?'' This particular person did not use an assistive device, walked ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 11, 2014
  • Reassess the Goal

    Last weekend I ran my second half-marathon. In hindsight, I'm pleased with my performance, having finished 4 minutes faster than last year's half. When I signed up for the run this year, however, I originally set the lofty goal of running the full marathon. I gave myself four months to train and established a week-by-week running regime to reach ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 6, 2014
  • Midlife Crisis

    Last month I was lucky enough to celebrate turning the age of 40. One would assume, as I did, that working with the geriatric population on a daily basis for years by this point would give me a healthy perspective on aging. In general, I like to think it has -- especially experiencing the resiliency of the human body and spirit. However, reaching ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on May 23, 2014
  • The Importance of Mentorship

    Although having only been a PTA for three years, I've found myself in conversations with many potential future SPTA candidates. Quite a few have been with bright and hardworking CNAs who I work with in skilled nursing and others have been with folks my age or older (that would be the 40+ set if you were wondering) looking into PTA as a second or ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 18, 2014
  • Why Are You a Therapist?

    A few days ago, I was preparing a patient for a slide-board transfer from the edge of her bed to the wheelchair. As she was a max-assist with two therapists for this transfer up until this point, we were attempting to progress to a one-person assist and increase her self-initiation. As I reached around her torso and gripped firmly onto the gait ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on March 10, 2014
  • Just Keep Moving

    Recently, a coworker of mine introduced me to a quote by Albert Einstein and how appropriately it relates to our patients in the SNF setting: Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. For that matter, this quote can be applied to most patients in any PT gym, whether outpatient clinic or post-op ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on January 17, 2014