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Occupational Therapy Open House at College

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: March 14, 2008

CONTACT: Lisa Saunders

(845) 574-4244

Occupational Therapy Open House at SUNY Rockland Community College

 

C. Scott Vanderhoef, County Executive, proclaims April as Occupational Therapy Month

 

Suffern, NY - To educate the public about the occupational therapy profession, SUNY Rockland Community College students will provide tips and demonstrations for health and wellness and display assistive devices, splints, and other items used in clinical practice.

 

C. Scott Vanderhoef, County Executive, signed a proclamation calling "upon all citizens to recognize the achievements and contributions of these valued health professionals."

 

EVENT FACTS

Date: Wednesday, April 2

Type: Occupational Therapy Open House

Host: Occupational Therapy Assistant Department and Occupational Therapy Club

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Where: Rockland Community College, Bridge between Academic I and II on the second floor, 145 College Road, Suffern, NY.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

 

More Information: Marie Morreale, adjunct faculty, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, mmorreal@sunyrockland.edu or (845) 574 - 4541 or visit http://www.sunyrockland.edu/academics/academic-departments/occupational-therapy/

 

At the open house, information will be provided on home safety, fall prevention, healthy computer use, conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and low back pain, and other tips for health and wellness. There will be interactive events such as disability simulations and demonstrations of assistive devices. Backpacks will be weighed and instruction will be provided on how to safely carry them to prevent back and shoulder injury. Proceeds from the bake sale will benefit the RCC Foundation Occupational Therapy Assistant Scholarship.

 

According to The American Occupational Therapy Association, millions of people of all ages benefit from occupational therapy to help them with daily life skills such as getting dressed, being productive at school or work, eating unassisted, or even socializing despite illness or injury. In rehabilitation clinics or hospitals, occupational therapy practitioners help adults learn or regain skills that allow them to work, drive, shop, or even prepare a meal. Occupational therapy can help seniors stay healthier and remain active and safe in their homes and community. To recognize all the ways occupational therapy contributes to society's well being, April has been designated as Occupational Therapy Month.

 

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