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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
  • Into Thin Air

    I had the pleasure of spending this past weekend out in the beautiful Colorado Rockies. A good friend of mine attempted to run a 50-mile ultra marathon in the mountains (sadly, he had to drop out... the 12,000-plus feet of altitude got to him pretty early in the race). But regardless of his performance, we were able to get in some great hiking and ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on June 25, 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
  • Coping Mechanisms for PT School

    My course load in the first semester includes Physiology, Anatomy, Clinical Anatomy for Physical Therapists, and Introduction to Physical Therapy. Luckily, we didn't have to cover all of these last week as our first four days were primarily orientation. The only course we have actually attended is Intro to PT, but I've somehow managed to become ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on June 2, 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
  • Outcome Measures

    I am (again) starting to work out more regularly. I'm not sure if it was the long and miserable winter, but I hadn't felt like exercising for a while. Now that the sun is out and the days seem longer, I'm making a commitment to exercising four days a week. I tend to go to extremes, either living a completely lethargic and sedentary life or ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on May 16, 2014
  • Unintended Consequences

    A while back there was some chatter among us ADVANCE bloggers on the public health issue of obesity. Since having an elevated BMI can cause a host of health problems, and Westernized nations on the whole are getting heavier and heavier, this is an area where many PTs could possibly have some input. The discussion at the time of the blogs had ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on May 6, 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
  • Growing a Program

    It's not like you can plant some therapists in a gym and suddenly the department is busy. To adequately have a therapy program develop into the future, the way business is conducted today has to change. When looking at more cuts in reimbursements, hiring another person doesn't seem logical, but it is. A good PT aide will get patients up and ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on April 16, 2014
  • A Culture of 'Don't!'

    I was doing some research on a particular activity this week... head rolls. Not the soft round things one puts under one's neck to maintain the curve while supine, but the act of rolling the head around as an exercise or activity. I did this because I read an article in the popular press that said, ''even physiotherapists say you shouldn't do head ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on April 9, 2014
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