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  • Blog Post: Help Older Adults Age in Place Without Being Isolated

    The conundrum—older adults want to stay home and age in place but as they age they are more at risk for social isolation. The effects of social isolation can be severe. The lead author of a new study that examined 3.4 million people said the effect of loneliness and social isolation was as great...
  • Blog Post: New Report: Health Professionals Withholding Alzheimer’s Diagnosis From Clients

    The Alzheimer’s Association recently reported that medical professionals withhold the news of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis from their patients, often in an effort to not bring about emotional distress. Washington Post reported on this here , and experts quoted in that article say that the delay...
  • Blog Post: Occupational Therapy Widely Recognized in Home Modifications

    OT plays an important role in home modifications, and we’re excited to share some really awesome examples of how the profession is becoming even more widely recognized in this area. First, an occupational therapist recently started blogging for AARP about home modifications. OT Carolyn Sithong...
  • Blog Post: 75 Occupational Therapy Tools That Cost Less Than $1 (for Pediatrics & Geriatrics!)

    Looking for low-cost tools to use with your clients? You’ve come to the right place! We shared Miss Mancy’s post on Facebook of her top ten OT fine motor tools that cost less than $1. We asked our Facebook friends to share their top tools as well. The list is now at about 75 tools that...
  • Blog Post: Holidays & Dementia: Five Things to Check With Older Adults

    Of course dementia is a problem year round, but the holidays are often the time of the year that we see family and friends more often and for longer periods of time. It can also be a time of year when routines get disrupted and cognitive issues may become more apparent. Share these five things to...
  • Blog Post: This is the Value of OT for Older Adults

    What’s the distinct value of occupational therapy when working with older adults? We’ve got some new resources for you to share. Our new handout outlines the evidence that supports OT’s effective, high-quality, and cost-effective services. Occupational therapy practitioners have...
  • Blog Post: Four Free Apps to Remember to Take Your Medications (And 5 Tips from OTs!)

    Managing medications is important, but so many people have problems remembering to take their medication. We found four free apps that can help clients remember to take their medication. 1. MedHelper Pill Reminder: This free Android app helps users track prescription medication, treatment, and...
  • Blog Post: How to Promote OT’s Role in Falls Prevention

    AOTA member Tori Goldhammer was in the Washington Post talking about a new program she spearheaded in D.C. to provide falls assessments for older adults in the community. We love this quote from Tori in the article: “As an occupational therapist, I work with seniors and see what their risks...
  • Blog Post: More young adults having strokes: Tips from OTs for stroke recovery (& info about the stroke "selfie")

    The good news is that strokes continue to be in decline among older adults. The bad news is that strokes appear to be rising among younger adults. From 1988 to 2004 the stroke rate has tripled for women between 35 to 54 years old. The thing is: many of these strokes could have been prevented. Read...
  • Blog Post: Why We Lose Our Keys and What Can We Do About It?

    We’ve all lost our keys (or phone or paperwork) and wonder where they disappeared to. In fact, the average person misplaces up to nine items a day! The Wall Street Journal reports on a survey that found that one third of the respondents spend an average 15 minutes a day searching for items. ...
  • Blog Post: Working With Older Workers: Older Americans Month

    May is Older Americans Month. This year’s focus is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.” We’ve rounded up a few resources that you can use to promote occupational therapy’s role with older adults here . You will also find some ideas on how you can get more involved in the productive...
  • Blog Post: Spot a Stroke & Know the Evidence for Effective OT Intervention

    NPR recently reported that most U.S. women wouldn’t know a stroke if they felt or saw one. As the fourth leading cause of death for Americans (and the third leading cause for women), that’s a problem. Want to help educate your clients and the public about the signs of stroke? Use the...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Deaths Down, But Still a Cause of Long-Term Disability

    The rate of people dying from a stroke has declined by 30% over the past decade, according to a new report . Researchers working on the report say they cannot pinpoint the exact reason for the decline, but they speculate that success in lowering Americans’ blood pressure, reductions in smoking...
  • Blog Post: Tips to Remember to Take Your Meds (And Other Great Studies From AJOT!)

    Prescription drugs are ubiquitous—nearly two-thirds of Americans purchased one or more prescription drugs in 2006 ( source ). And we are often popping more than just one pill a day (more than half of adults older than 65 take at least three to four pills a day). Remembering...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: Going Beyond Stabilization in Acute Care

    When an individual has a critical medical condition like a heart attack or a spinal cord injury they are taken to acute care. The primary goal of acute care is to stabilize the individual’s situation and address threats to life or loss of function. One of the best ways for...
  • Blog Post: Celebrities deal with health issues

    We’re talking about celebrities today and I promise it’s not about the Royal Wedding. Discussing Alzheimer’s With Celebrities: Tune in! With 5.4 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s, it’s no wonder that the disease affects celebrities as well. This weekend,...
  • Blog Post: Roundup: Flip flops, quiz time, and hand transplants

    Here at AOTA Headquarters, the weather has been splendid lately—temps in the mid-70s and beautiful blue skies. Warm weather for many means the return of flip flops. If you just dug out your pair from the back of your closet, you may want to be careful before slipping them back on your feet. The...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: How Occupational Therapy Helps People With Dementia

    More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to triple by 2050. The U.S. has recognized the importance of planning for this growth by creating a national plan to combat Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is a loss of brain function due to damage to the brain...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: Helping People Stay Out of the Hospital

    For older adults who are receiving occupational therapy services in their home, a main goal is to keep that person out of the hospital. Home health agencies want to reduce rehospitalization rates and they use occupational therapy practitioners to achieve this. Keeping people...
  • Blog Post: The most difficult decisions: End-of-Life care

    A relatively new law in New York State provides guidelines for how health care practitioners offer information and counseling for end of life care options. Many physicians oppose the law, saying that it interferes with how they choose to deal with their patients and does not take into account the doctor...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: Managing and Preventing Diabetes

    An occupational therapy student in Pittsburgh recently developed a program that provides uninsured Spanish-speaking and English-speaking clients who have diabetes the education and services they need to help manage their disease. Read more about her program here . Diabetes affects...
  • Blog Post: Tips for living with arthritis

    Did you know that an estimated 50 million Americans have some form of arthritis? Arthritis is joint inflammation that affects one or more joints in the body and causes symptoms such as joint and muscle pain, morning stiffness, swelling, and fatigue. If you or someone you knows...
  • Blog Post: Helping older adults live full lives: Housing, mobility, activity

    Nursing homes can sometimes get a pretty bad rap, but they provide a very necessary service for older adults who need full time assistance and care. Some facilities are trying to give the nursing home a much better reputation with innovation and new ideas. Like this one—that was featured in...
  • Blog Post: It's Like Junior High, in the Nursing Home

    Thought bullying only happened on the playground? Think again. Older adults report instances of social bullying in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and senior centers. In this week’s Productive Aging 1-Minute Update , we’re discussing bullying and older adults. ...
  • Blog Post: Don't Forget! National Memory Screening Day is Nov. 15

    Tomorrow, on Tuesday, November 15, communities across the country are offering free, confidential memory screenings at more than 2,500 sites in the U.S. If you know someone who is concerned about memory loss and wants to get the benefits of early detection and intervention, encourage them to participate...