Welcome to the American Occupational Therapy Association's Checking the Pulse blog. Written by Stephanie Yamkovenko, AOTA's digital editor.
Here you will find news about occupational therapy, current health news, and more. I regularly blog about apps that clinicians can use in practice, autism issues, managing chronic conditions, wounded warriors, and more.
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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 are...We try to make sure people understand these are things they can do, but if they are unable on their own, they should request professional guidance.”
It was great to have occupational therapy featured in a national newspaper about falls prevention, and it was just in time for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (September 23)! Next month, you can help spread the word of occupational therapy’s role in falls prevention like Tori by hosting an event, sharing our resources, or giving an in-service or presentation.
If you want to host an event or promote OT to your community:
AOTA members can check out this handy list of ways to promote OT in your community. You can also share your ideas on the Gerontology Special Interest Section (GSIS) forum on OT Connections.
If you want to share resources:
We’ve got tons of resources for you to share about this important topic.
If you want to give a presentation or in-service:
AOTA put together this handy toolkit for occupational therapy practitioners and students who want to give a presentation about OT’s role in falls prevention. We have both a 15-minute and 30-minute presentation, complete with a PowerPoint, scripts, and handouts. Also find a how-to guide on planning your presentation and a flyer for promoting your presentation. (It couldn’t be easier, right?)
If you want to get more involved with falls prevention in your practice:
Maybe you want to start incorporating falls prevention into your practice or want to help your colleagues learn more?
What are your plans for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 23? Share in the comments. To comment, please log in to OT Connections (it's free to join!).