Friday, April 16, 2010

The Recycling Occupational Therapist is now on Facebook

What Causes Frontotemporal Dementia? | LIVESTRONG.COM

What Causes Frontotemporal Dementia?. Frontotemporal Lobe Dementia FTD dementia is progressive and relatively rare form of dementia that afflicts people who are typically younger than age 65 years. This disease affec...

Dental Care and the Elderly

Occupational therapist Clarissa F. Smith wrote a very interesting article in the Advance for Occupational Therapists magazine- Poor Dental Care .
Occupational therapists can play a role in helping patients attain the oral hygiene that can save lives. It is so sad and weird that Medicare paid a Reiki practitioner (wihout my approval) to wave her hands around my mother when she was in the late stages of Alzheimers (and had her eyes closed), yet does not pay for dental care that saves lives and helps seniors to keep their teeth longer to chew and speak.
Visit her web site at:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 search engine

I came across this search engine designed for people with low vision. It is very user friendly.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Fall Prevention at Brooksby Village

I totally enjoyed the Salem State College Occupational Therapy Student Conference this morning. Alison Fialho, OTR/L spoke about fall prevention at the retirement facility Brooksby Village in Peabody, Massachusetts. They provide all levels of care for residents with abilities ranging from independent to requiring skilled nursing care. The program stressed fall prevention by promoting balance and flexibility through Tai Chi classes. A group of residents demonstrated what they learned over the past 2 years-moving or standing to answer questions for over 30 minutes-a feat that would wear out most of us. The second part of this program demonstrated Ai Chi-basically Tai Chi in the water . Allison is in my Toastmaster's club and did us proud with almost no ahs or ums and a very skillful presentation.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Types Of Dementia For Patients | LIVESTRONG.COM

Types Of Dementia For Patients. Dementia involves loss of cognitive abilities. All forms of dementia entail progressive memory loss and confusion that impacts abilities to perform daily activities, communicate an...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Caring Crafts

Here are a couple of clever crafts for seniors by Judith Zausner at This video shows her on a Philadelphia based television program called Seeking Solutions with Suzanne

Gail Sheehy's new Caregiving Book

I look forward to reading Gail sheehy's new book on caregiving due out in May. I grew up reading her best seller Passages. Check out the video interviews on her AARP page:

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Adaptive Equipment For Dementia Patients | LIVESTRONG.COM

Adaptive Equipment For Dementia Patients. Adaptive equipment designed to help individuals with decreased mobility, balance, motor control or vision loss often helps the dementia patient. Other types of adaptive equipment a...