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An occupational therapist was recently quoted in the New York Times in an article about tips for staying active with arthritis. The article mentions that arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S., and that the millions of people with arthritis can have an easier and less painful life with a few simple adjustments.
The article’s tips come from Nancy Callinan, an OT who recently wrote an article for the magazine Arthritis Self Management with ideas and adaptations readily available to cooks (whether that’s a gourmet chef or an ordinary home cook).
Read the New York Times article here.
As the New York Times knows, occupational therapy practitioners play an important role in the lives of people with arthritis (there’s even a comment on the article about how great OT is!).
AOTA has several resources for people with arthritis, occupational therapy practitioners, and other health care professionals.
If you or someone you know has arthritis, share this tip sheet that has a list of activities (such as having more energy and reducing pain associated with sleeping) with tips that you and an occupational therapy practitioner can do to help you reduce pain and be able to participate in activities. This fact sheet outlines the role that occupational therapy plays in managing arthritis.
It’s great to see occupational therapy featured in a national media outlet. Want to read more articles from the media about your profession? Check out our OT in the News page.
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