Aging

Tue, April 17, 2012
Person: “What do you do for a living?” Me: “I am an Occupational Therapist.” Person: “Oh … you help people get jobs?” or “That is basically a Physical Therapist right?” or “Can I get a massage?” This conversation plays out more frequently than I would prefer to admit. So, because April is Occupational Therapy Month, I am celebrating with a clarification of what OT is and what we do here at the Center for Specialty Therapy. I can think of no better way to explain OT than through the words of our...
Sat, February 25, 2012
I love to travel. I've been to London and Wales. I've traveled with other groups of people with disabilities, but this afternoon will be my first trip with YAI's Leisure Trax travel program. I'm going on a cruise to Florida and the Bahamas. I once was on a cruise with my parents, about two years ago. We went to Puerto Rico. It was not so good. I like to do things on my own . . . not necessarily with my parents. This time I'm sharing a room with a roomate. He's independent, just like me. I've...
Thu, January 12, 2012
With more than 50 of her friends gathering at a local restaurant, I was fortunate to be among them celebrating Gwendolyn's 100th birthday. I've known Gwendolyn for a few years, as she receive medicaid service coordination from RCALD. For Gwendolyn, who loves eating out at restaurants, the party with so many friends from the Hudson Valley DDSO, was extra special. A highlight of her birthday was receiving a birthday card from President Obama. "Gwendolyn has a love of life and an enthusiasm that...
Wed, February 22, 2012
I personally have implemented several “Orientation Outcomes” aimed at cognitive stimulation by asking simple questions such as the date of your birthday, your residence address, how big is your family, what are your parents’ name, etc. I do believe that even after receiving a formal diagnosis of Alzheimer's, it is still important stimulate the brain in order to slow down the decline of cognitive-brain activities . So, my advice? Please do something … Read a book, do puzzles, count, go through...
Mon, April 23, 2012
Edward Ciramella recently presented the following remarks at a Westchester Legislative Breakfast. My name is Edward Ciaramella and I'm a resident in a YAI group home in Westchester County. I go out in the community to enjoy movies, sports events, and out to shows on the weekend. The residence is clean, the staff and residents are friendly and pleasant with one another. The staff are very conscientious. I feel that the residence is a real home, because I have a computer, TV and CD player and...
Mon, March 26, 2012
This was my first time on a cruise with YAI Leisure Trax, as well as my first time traveling to the Bahamas. I was very excited about the trip. 1st Day : Once we reached the cruise ship, I thought it was beautiful. I had a good time on my first day on the ship. We had our first meal together, and later that night we went to a show in the ship's Stardust Theatre called “Welcome Aboard Variety Show.” I liked the show. My favorite part of the show was the Latin music. 2nd Day : We woke up early...
Tue, January 31, 2012
When I face the condition of Alzheimer’s I always ask myself: The approach outlined in this abstract sounds promising. I hope one day we are going to be able to know (proactively) when the decline is going to come. Best case scenario? Tell me at least several year before it occurs!
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