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OT Month: Safe Driving and Community Mobility for Older Adults
We know that community mobility is an important part of well-being (that’s why we have an entire week devoted to older driver safety ), and when an individual cannot access the community it can lead to depression, isolation, decreased participation in meaningful activities, diminished wellness...
Mon, Apr 23 2012
OT Month: Is OT Ready for the Baby Boomers?
You probably know this, but AOTA is in Indianapolis right now ensuring that the 92nd Annual Conference & Expo goes smoothly for the 4,500+ occupational therapy attendees! Conference attendees get a special treat this afternoon when the director of MIT’s AgeLab , Joseph...
Thu, Apr 26 2012
OT Month: Preventing falls keeps people safe in the home and injury free
Falling in the home happens to one in every three adults over the age of 65 but half of those who fall never tell a health professional about it. Falling is a prevalent issue that can send people to the emergency room with serious injuries, but falls are preventable. If you (or...
Fri, Apr 13 2012
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...
Thu, Apr 19 2012
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...
Wed, Apr 25 2012
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...
Mon, Apr 9 2012
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...
Wed, Apr 4 2012