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Dr. Gerald O'Morrow, a leader in therapeutic recreation for more than 30 years, was killed in a car accident in New Zealand in November
Dr. Gerald O'Morrow, a leader in therapeutic recreation for more than 30 years, was killed in a car accident in New Zealand in November. His education, experience, teaching and writing contributed to the development of the profession. More specifically, his involvement was instrumental in enhancing the role of therapeutic recreation in the treatment process.
His innovative doctoral dissertation, "A Study of Recreation Services to Psychiatric Patients in Relation to Pre-Discharge Planning and Aftercare," foreshadowed the present emphasis on transitional services in therapeutic recreation. He was chair of the Department of Recreation at Indiana State University, chaired and coordinated the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies graduate program at University of Georgia and chaired the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services at Radford University in Radford, Va. During his career, O'Morrow twice served as president of the National Therapeutic Recreation Society and he received numerous awards and citations for his exemplary service, including two of the highest honors given in the profession. He received the NRPA Distinguished Service Award and the Appreciation Award for 20 years of continued contributions. In 1995, he was recognized as NRPA's National Distinguished Professional Award for his vision and leadership in the field of parks and recreation.
"Dr. Gerald O'Morrow, a leader in therapeutic recreation for more than 30 years, was killed in a car accident in New Zealand in November - Southeast Region". Parks & Recreation. Dec 2002.
Therapist new Chair Elect of the CARF Board of Trustees for 2003
(11-26-02) Tucson, Arizona – The 53 member
CARF trustee board voted Joanne F. Finegan, M.S.A., CTRS as Chair–Elect/First
Vice-Chair for 2003. Finegan joined the CARF board in 1997 as a representative
of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. She will serve as
Chair of the board in 2004and the Past Chair in 2005. Finegan is the
Chief Executive Officer of ReMed in Conshohocken, PA, a facility providing
residential and outpatient services for people with acquired brain injury
and neurological disorders.
Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation
of Rehabilitation Facilities, the accrediting body is now known as CARF.
CARF establishes customer-focused standards to help providers measure
and improve the quality, value, and outcomes of their services. At present,
CARF has accredited more than 3,700 organizations in the United States,
Canada, and Sweden in the areas of adult day services, assisted living,
behavioral health, employment and community services, and medical rehabilitation.
ATRA President GT Thompson commented, “We
are both excited and proud of this recognition of Joanne's obvious leadership
abilities. She has certainly brought a great deal of recognition to
our profession through her accomplishments.”
For more information, please contact Laurie Jake, CTRS,
ATRA Communications Coordinator at (480) 460-1525 or the ATRA National
Office at (703) 683-9420
|ATRA makes Continuing
Education more convenient than ever
The American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) is pleased to
announce the release of a new Audiotape Program that will make continuing
education easier than ever for recreational therapists and other allied
healthcare professionals. In 2001 ATRA began offering The ATRA Teleconference
Series: An exciting new approach to learning. ATRA has organized another
excellent continuing education opportunity designed to reach out to
practitioners across the country.
In response to request from individuals who were unable to take part
in the original calls, The 2001 ATRA Academy Teleconferences are now
offered in a cassette tape format that is available for purchase. Presenters
for these topics are well known experts in the profession providing
the most up-to-date information. The tapes cover a wide range of topics.
Take advantage of this great chance to keep current in your practice,
in the convenience of your job site or home. For more information check
out the ATRA website for details http://www.atra-tr.org/academy/audiotape.htm.
Animal therapy brings smiles to retirement community
Daily News Sunday, November 3, 2002)
By RALF KIRCHER, email@example.com
(Editor's Note: Linda Buettner
is a CTRS working at the Center for Positive Aging. A portion of the
article is reprinted here. For the complete article please go to http://www.naplesnews.com/02/11/neapolitan/d838085a.htm
(posted 11-13-02) "The
idea behind Pet Partners is to give aging and disabled people the
social and psychological benefits of contact with animals, said Linda
Buettner, director of the Center for Positive Aging.
Buettner first became involved
with Pet Partners while working with an assisted therapy program in
New York in the 1980s. Seventy-five
percent of people who live in long-term care facilities had pets when
they were younger, Buettner said. "Just
having an animal come in once a week increases communication,"
she said. Buettner can cite studies
that show about cardiac and respiratory changes that occur when petting
an animal. She can list statistics that show the physical benefits
of bed-ridden patients holding animals. But it comes down to a very
"It brings delight
to people again," Buettner said.
Buettner hopes to bring delight
to even more people with upcoming certification classes. She believes
there's a need for at least 20 more human-animal teams and awareness
on the part of assisted living facilities that these teams are certified
The next eight-hour class
for humans is on the FGCU campus Dec. 13. Buettner said other classes
can be arranged, particularly for interested groups."
Recreational Therapy Recognized
for Best Practice in Florida
Contact: Ann D Huston
Phone: (703) 683-9420
2002) Alzheimer’s disease is a major
quality of care challenge for our society. Dr. Linda Buettner, recreational
therapist and her colleague, Suzanne Fitzsimmons, ARNP from the Interdisciplinary
Center for Positive Aging, Florida Gulf Coast University are dedicated
to preserving an individual's personal control, dignity and quality
of life. Two of their programs were recently selected by the Florida
Department of Elder Affairs to be presented during the Best Practices
ExCHANGE. The programs were selected from over 200 submissions in the
state. Their program, "Health Promotion for the Mind, Body, and
Spirit (A Health Promotion College Course for Persons with mild Alzheimer's
Disease)" was developed because Fitzsimmons and Buettner were concerned
that there were very few services available for older adults in early
stages of dementia. These older adults are generally considered too
high functioning for most services, yet many are unable to participate
in life in a meaningful way. They are commonly depressed, isolated from
friends, and unable to participate in their past leisure time activities.
They often are worried about their health and have numerous questions
pertaining to what they can do to help themselves. Education, up to
now, has been directed primarily at family or professional caregivers,
and not the client with the disease. Buettner states, we believe that
this may be the first time this type of course has ever been offered
by a University. Providing education, early in the disease course, empowers
the older adult student, and provides an element of personal control,
pride and dignity.
The other program selected for recognition is the
Gulf Coast Pet Partners – A Delta Society Affiliate Group through
Florida Gulf Coast University that Buettner leads. Gulf Coast Pet Partners
program is an innovative application of a “traditional”
concept of Animal Assisted Therapy in aging services. The program took
over 60 volunteers who were interested in working with their pets to
help others, trained them using the Delta Society national certification
requirements through the Center for Positive Aging at Florida Gulf Coast
University, and evaluated each team for appropriate service delivery
to frail older persons. Over 30 teams (human-animal) have passed the
rigorous training and testing process and are visiting 15 different
facilities in a four county area on a regular basis. They are currently
visiting over 400 long-term care residents per month in SW FL. Buettner
has a passion for this Pet Partners programs, and she explains that
animal-assisted therapy (AAT) can effectively reduce the loneliness
of residents in long-term care facilities. Buettner explains, residents
who often refuse social contact with nursing home staff love talking
to our Pet Partners teams.
As quality of life issues become increasingly more
recognized by the healthcare community, programs like these are leading
the way in finding creative ways to address these issues.
For more information, please contact the ATRA National
Office at (703) 683-9420 or Laurie Jake, CTRS, ATRA Communications Coordinator
at (480) 460-1525.
to the 2002 ATRA Awards Winners
The Annual ATRA Awards program is a way to recognize many of the individuals
who have worked diligently to advance the profession of therapeutic
recreation. ATRA would like to congratulate the following individuals
who were recognized at the Awards ceremony in Keystone Colorado during
the ATRA Annual conference. The ATRA Distinguished Fellow Award for
2002 was presented to Dr. Carol Ann Peterson. This is the highest award
granted by ATRA. The Outstanding Professional Award was presented to
John Jacobson. The Frank N. Brasile Clinician of the Year Award was
presented to Dawn Devries, along with a monetary award by the American
Therapeutic Recreation Foundation (ATRF) for creative and innovative
programming in a clinical setting. The Member of the Year Award was
presented to Pam Wilson for significant efforts in the areas of Advocacy
and Public Policy. The Scholarly Achievement Award was presented to
Youngkhill Lee to recognize scholarly contributions to the field of
therapeutic recreation. The Individual Citation was presented to Dan
Roman for his work volunteering with special baseball clinics. The Organization
or Institution Award was presented to Shane Playgrounds, for their efforts
in supporting and promoting therapeutic recreation. The Excellence in
Education Award was presented to Slippery Rock University. ATRA Certificates
of Recognition were presented to Amy Mascole-Demay, Rachel West, Kim
Clarke, Dina Trunzo, Donna Sears, Lyn Blank, Chris Meneses, Beverly
Hairfield, Karen Tomasello, Alee Karpf, Richard Vroman, Marcia Shalek,
Sienna Boothman, Keith Savell, Suzanne Fitzsimmons, Betsy Kennedy. Presidential
awards were given to Patty Thomas, Robert Riley and Jerry Dickason.
Provides Funding for Spinal Cord Injury Community Integration Research
submitted by Mary Clark, Recreation Therapist
(September 7, 2002) Anyone interested in
Spinal cord injury community integration research. "ICORD"
has identified this area as a focus to fund in 2003. More information
is available on the icord website at www.icord.org
There is quite a substantial amount of
Therapist Receives National Scholarship Award
Aug. 2, 2002
Contact: Ann D Huston MPA, CTRS
(Alexandria, VA) Chris Meneses, recreational therapist
and current ATRA member was recently awarded the Emerging Scholars in
Gerontology Award from the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education
(AGHE). This very competitive national grant for Emerging Minority Scholars
is funded through the Gerontological Society of America. A $5,000 scholarship
is awarded to minority scholars in the field of gerontology to be spent
to enrich his/her research career, mentorship opportunities with nationally
known researchers, conferences, books, and travel over the next two
years. Only five Emerging Scholars grants were awarded nationwide by
Meneses plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast University’s
Gerontology and Recreational Therapy Program this fall via Distance
learning. FGCU faculty Dr. Linda Buettner stated, “It is very
exciting! I am extremely proud that we will have a national scholar
of her caliber in our program.”
Meneses, who is currently employed
as a credentialing specialist with the National Council for Therapeutic
Recreation Certification (NCTRC) stated, “I am very excited about
learning and developing my education at FGCU with Linda Buettner. The
combination of the resources provided by AGHE and Linda will surely
make me a better student and Recreational Therapist.” Meneses
has been actively involved in ATRA’s Gerontology Treatment Network
and assisted with the development of ATRA’s Dementia Practice
Guidelines for Recreational Therapists.
Conference of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association
August 1, 2002
The 2002 Annual
Conference of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association will be
September 19 – 23, 2002, in Keystone Resort, Colorado. This year’s
theme is: “Taking the Profession to New Heights” reflects
the dynamic nature of the conference. Recreation Therapists from across
the country are expected to come experience a peaceful, alpine village
setting. ATRA is also expecting several international members to attend
Known for it’s beautiful mountains, quaint shops and championship
golf courses, Colorado is the perfect place for recreational therapists
to get an “altitude” change and learn about the latest advancements
in the field of therapeutic recreation. Four pre-conference institutes
are scheduled on a variety of topics including Quality Monitoring and
Compliance in Long Term Care, Reaching New Heights Through Wellness,
Golf for the Physically Challenged and Leisure Education using Computer
based technology. The conference will also host a Higher Education Institute,
a Research Institute and a Research Poster Session. The keynote speaker
is Katy Tartakoff, founder of the Children’s Legacy, providing
opportunities for children and families faced with life-threatening
illnesses to celebrate their lives with photography, art and writing.
The conference program includes a Student Institute and an Internship
Institute, and over 90 educational sessions on a broad range of topics
with assessment, aquatics, team building, public policy, diversity,
and research to name but a few.
CONFERENCE 2002 POSTER SESSION
September 19-23, 2002
"Taking the Profession to New Heights!" At the ATRA Annual
Conference Keystone Resort - Colorado Back by Popular Demand!!! The
ATRA Annual Conference will feature a poster session as part of the
opening night reception!
The purpose of the poster session is to
provide a venue to showcase research in TR. Possible topics are program
evaluation data, new or innovative programs using the TR process, creative
teaching techniques, case studies or other information relevant to therapeutic
recreation, which might not be suitable for a session presentation or
the Research Institute. Posters will be displayed in the Exhibit Hall
during the opening night reception and throughout the time the Exhibit
Hall is open to receive maximum attention.
Presenters are requested to stand beside
their poster to answer questions during both of the Friday breaks, September
20, 10-10:30 AM and 3:30-4:00 PM. Doctoral and Masters Degree students
are particularly encouraged to display their work involving research
in progress, dissertation or thesis proposals, master's projects or
other creative work of interest to the field. This is an excellent forum
to test ideas, gain feedback and expand your vita! Information contained
on the poster may be submitted in a 1-3 page abstract format in the
proceedings of the Research Institute that will be distributed free
to contributors and made available for sale to conference participants.
POSTER FORMAT: Posters may be any size
up to 36 by 60 inches or 3 x 5 feet.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSAL FOR POSTERS:
Proposal information must be postmarked or faxed by midnight May 10,
2002. Late proposals may be accepted but abstracts may not be in the
proceedings of the Research Institute. TO SUBMIT A POSTER PROPOSAL:
To submit a poster proposal complete the following information and submit
it before the May 10th deadline.
TITLE OF POSTER:_______________________________________
Description Of Poster Content:______________________________________________
ABSTRACT: I (we) have ____, have not_____
submitted an abstract for inclusion in the proceedings of the Research
SUBMIT 3 COPIES of proposal to: ATRA Poster
Session 2002 Dept. of Rec. Management & Youth Leadership Brigham
Young University 273 Richards Bldg. Provo, Utah 84602 FAX: (801) 378-7461
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Dan Ferguson
Dept. of HPER Pittsburg State University 243 Weede P.E. Pittsburg, KS
66762-7557 Ferguson@pittstate.edu Dr. Ramon Zabriskie Dept. of RMYL
Brigham Young University Building 273 Richards Building Provo, Utah
April 5, 2002
Contact: Ann D Huston
Local Resident Receives
Professional Recognition Award
(Bloomington, IN.) Dr. David Austin, local
Bloomington resident recently received special recognition at the American
Therapeutic Recreation Association Mid-Year Professional Issues Forum
held March 24-27, 2002 in Indianapolis. Dr. Austin was the first ever
recipient of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association Advocacy
David Austin, Ph.D., CTRS, FALS of the
Indiana University was chosen for this recognition for his exceptional
contributions in advocating for recreational therapy. Dr. Austin, a
past president of ATRA, is the author of three widely used textbooks
in the field. He was instrumental in the Recreation Therapy Video Project
(RTV Project), a federally sponsored initiative that produced 20 educational
videos for use in university professional preparation programs. He has
been a leader in the field of recreational therapy for almost forty
years, and has long history of public, federal and state advocacy on
behalf of the profession and the many consumers of recreational therapy
services. In addition Dr. Austin is a leader in advocating for the needs
of higher education, advancing the field internationally, encouraging
and supporting students, and continued dedication and involvement in
In addition to receiving the award, ATRA
has established an Advocate Award fund in Dr. Austin's name, for those
individuals who have been personally touched by Dr. Austin's leadership
to have an opportunity to recognize his contributions to the profession
by making contributions to this fund.
ATRA Peg Connolly Scholarship Application Deadline Extended
(4-8-02) Due to spring break conflicts
for many students, ATRA has extended the deadline for applications for
the 2002 ATRA Peg Connolly Student Scholarships. This is a working scholarship
for the ATRA 2002 Annual Conference being held in Keystone, Colorado.
We have extended the deadline to April
We will not be accepting any application
with a postmarked date after April 17, 2002. Applicants will be notified
in writing upon receipt of the completed application. Scholarships will
be awarded at the end of May and all students that apply will be notified
in writing of the final decisions on the scholarship recipients.
Interested applicants can visit the ATRA
site for instructions on applying for the scholarship and for contact
Beth Hunt, CTRS
ATRA P.C. Scholarship Coordinator
New Hampshire Hospital
36 Clinton Street
Concord , NH 03301
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR AN ONLINE COURSE
Professional Issues in Therapeutic Recreation
3 hrs. GRADUATE CREDIT
(45 points toward NCTRC Re-Certification)
Independent, Self-paced On-line Course
Starts August 19, 2002
Ends December 5, 2002
Norma J. Stumbo, Ph.D., CTRS
Professor, Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois, USA
Sample Topics Include:
Philosophy, Models of Practice, National Standards, JCAHO and CARF Standards,
Financing of Services, Protocols/Clinical Guidelines, Client Assessment,
Standardization of Practice, Accountability, Health Care and Social
Services, Client Outcomes, Research, Status of higher Education, Standardization
of Curriculum International TR Services
Trends and the Future
For More Information, Contact: Barb Arbogast
(309) 438-5608 or firstname.lastname@example.org
REHABILITATION HOSPITAL TO ESTABLISH
ADAPTED GOLF PROGRAM - grant
from USGA to fund development
(3-14-02) The Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation
has announced that it is the recipient of a $30,000 grant from The United
States Golf Association (USGA) Foundation for the development of a new
adaptive golf program at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West
Haverstraw. The objective of the program is to promote golf as a rewarding
and satisfying leisure activity for patients and community members with
disabilities. The new program will be known as "GolfAbility."
The grant provides funds for the construction
of a 1300 square foot putting green with six cups, three netted tee
areas and adaptive golf equipment, including clubs and single-rider
carts. A single-rider cart is a specially equipped golf cart which allows
a golfer to play seated or standing, directly from the cart, and can
be driven right on to the green. The grant will also pay for a PGA or
LPGA pro to run adaptive golf workshops. In addition to the workshops,
hospital staff will use GolfAbility as a therapeutic tool with appropriate
patients, including individuals with cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular
disorders, stroke, arthritis, and other disabilities.
Construction is slated to begin in April,
with a ribbon cutting ceremony tentatively planned for May. A preliminary
schedule calls for six workshops to be held between May and September.
Workshops will take place on Friday afternoons.
The program will be marketed throughout
the greater New York metropolitan region. "We have already received
an incredible amount of interest in GolfAbility," explains Bert
Rappaport, Director of Therapeutic Recreation at Helen Hayes Hospital.
"A long-term goal is to have accessible public courses throughout
the tri-state area, complete with single-rider carts and adaptive clubs
that could be 'rented' by persons with disabilities - many of whom might
have attended GolfAbility workshops."
"Milton Herman, the Chairman of the
HHH Foundation Board, spearheaded the concept for the program,"
explains Lauren Malone, Director of Development. "Milt is an avid
golfer and uses a single-rider cart and adaptive equipment to compensate
for his disability. He was enthusiastic that others would want to pursue
golf or continue playing after experiencing a disability." Ms.
Malone explains that the Foundation is currently seeking other organizations
to become involved with the program through sponsorship of equipment,
training and education.
For additional information on GolfAbility,
including registration for future workshops or sponsorship opportunities,
please call Bert Rappaport at 845-786-4113.
last few CEU's to Re-certify?
(3-13-02) For those
of you who have procrastinated or miscounted somewhere along the way
and you are just a few CEP's short of your 50 contact hours, there is
an answer. The ATRA Academy is pleased to announce the 2002 Teleconference
2002 TELECONFERENCES WILL INCLUDE:
Series A Innovative Approaches in Recreation Therapy Practice (Feb-April)
Series B Prospective Payment System (PPS) 2002 (April-June)
Series C Advancing your Scope of Service in Mental Health Settings (May-July)
Series D: Enhancing your practice in the long term care setting (July-September)
Series E Strengthening Your Skills in Supervision (August-October)
Series F: Keeping Current with the National Health Care Trends (Oct-Dec)
Each Teleconference is 60 minutes in length
allowing you to earn .1 CEUs. Teleconferences are a great way
to keep current in your practice, with the convenience of participating
from your job site or home. For details or to register, visit <http://www.atra-tr.org/academy/index.htm>
The ATRA Annual also offers a unique way
to stay current in research and practice issues in the TR field while
providing an opportunity to earn some valuable continuing education
points needed for re-certification. ATRA Annuals that offer this special
feature are Volume 7, and Volume 8, Volume 9 and Volume 10 (now available
online at www.atra-tr.org <http://www.atra-tr.org>), so you can
increase your contact hours quickly. Limited copies of past ATRA's Annuals
are available for sale through the ATRA office. Contact the ATRA office
@ (703) 683-9420, or www.atra-tr.org <http://www.atra-tr.org>
for more information. The ATRA Board of Directors is pleased to announce
the availability of the ATRA Annual in TR on the ATRA web site. This
new membership service is designed to allow greater accessibility by
fully utilizing ever-evolving technology. The Annual in TR, Volume 10
is easily accessible by clicking on the Continuing Education or Bookstore
links. You may contact the ATRA National Office or refer to the web
site to subscribe to future print journals.
coming to Charlotte
By GARRY OVERBEY of Sun-Herald.com
(02/18/02) A group of national experts
on Alzheimer's disease are coming to Charlotte County for a meeting
that could affect how dementia is treated nationwide.
The 15 recreation therapists -- all
representing the American Therapeutic Recreation Association --
will meet at different locations throughout the area this weekend,
including Port Charlotte, Boca Grande and Fort Myers. Recreation
therapists employ physical activity as a treatment method.
Port Charlotte resident Dr. Linda
Buettner pushed for the meeting to happen in Charlotte, which
has the highest median age -- 53.4 -- in the country among counties
with populations above 100,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.....
put hope in new research
By GARRY OVERBEY of Sun-Herald.com
(02/18/02) Rec therapy may improve
symptoms, doctor says
....(Dr. Linda) Buettner, director
of Florida Gulf Coast University's Center for Positive Aging,
is conducting a three-year study on the effects of recreation
therapy on Alzheimer's patients that just entered its second year.
Recreation therapists try to rehabilitate
people with disabling conditions through recreational activities
that engage their physical, mental and social skills, like playing
games, walking and painting.
"We've tested a lot of interventions,"
Buettner said. "And I think one of the most successful has
been that singing fish you see on TV. They just really enjoy it."
Buettner has spent most of her career
as a rec therapist working with older people, particularly those
with dementia, a condition that impairs brain function and can
escalate into Alzheimer's disease.
Buettner said rec therapy can't cure
Alzheimer's, but it has been shown to improve some of the behavioral
changes that accompany the disease.
Research has shown rec therapy can
enhance strength, flexibility and moods of Alzheimer's patients.
They require less medication and have fewer falls and injuries.
Therapy can also reduce depression and improve sleep, while increasing
socialization and helping subjects maintain their skills longer,
according to Buettner...... > more
(2-18-02) The Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Paralympic Winter
Games of 2002 (SLOC) and the United States Olympic Committee have secured
a television package with the A&E Network (A&E) which will include
ground-breaking domestic television coverage of the Salt Lake 2002 Paralympic
Winter Games. Programming will include the comprehensive packages of highlight
sports competitions shown on A&E.
These being the first Paralympic Winter Games on U.S. soil and coupling
a television package of this magnitude with the comprehensive Internet
capabilities of www.paralympics2002.com will provide sponsors the opportunity
to reach a captive audience of sports fans during a historical moment
for the Paralympic Winter Games.
The Paralympic Winter Games will be held March 7 - 16, 2002.
Schedule As Of 2/18/02 -
March 7; 7:30 p.m.-Opening Ceremonies-Rice-Ecker Olympic Stadium
March 8; 9:00 am - 11:00 a.m. - USA vs. Japan-E-Center
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.-Women's Downhill-Snowbasin Ski Area
March 9; 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.-USA vs. Canada-E-Center (Already SOLD OUT!)
March 11; 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.-USA vs. Norway -- E-Center
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.-Women's Super G-Snowbasin Ski Area
March 12; 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.-USA vs. Sweden-E-Center
March 14; 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.-Women's Giant Slalom 1st Run- Snowbasin
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.-USA vs. Estonia-E-Center
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.-Women's Giant Slalom 2nd Run-Snowbasin Ski Area
March 15; 1:00 p.m.-Play off 5th vs. 6th-E-Center
3:00 p.m.-Bronze Medal Game-E-Center
7:00 p.m.-Gold Medal Game-E-Center
March 16; 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.-Women's Slalom 1st run-Snowbasin Ski
1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.-Women's Slalom 2nd run-Snowbasin Ski Area
7:30 p.m.-Closing Ceremonies-Olympic Medals Plaza
For more information on the Paralympic Winter Games or to purchase tickets,
visit http://www.paralympics2002.com or call 1-800-Tickets (individual
tickets). Information on group ticket purchases of 20 or more, or if you
are interested in donating Paralympic tickets, call (801) 212-2437 or
send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Epstien Steps Down as Executive Director of NTRS
(2-11-02) Rikki Epstein announces her resignation
as Executive Director of NTRS effective Februrary 21, 2002. The NTRS
web site can be reached at http://www.nrpa.org.
TR Research Study
(Posted 2-5-02) Are you a male recreational
therapist? If so, we would like to offer you a unique opportunity to
contribute to a significant research study that will help thousands
of people make more informed choices about their careers.
This unique opportunity exists because Stanford University Press, in
collaboration with Consulting Psychologists Press, is revising the Strong
Interest Inventory®, the most respected and widely used career counseling
tool in the world. The Strong Interest Inventory® compares a person's
interests with the interests of people who are successfully employed
in a wide variety of occupations. In order to maintain the scientific
soundness of the Strong Interest Inventory®, we regularly update
it to reflect changes in occupations and in our society.
After going through a significant data
collection effort with people from many occupations, we have fallen
short on the number of male recreational therapists that we need for
our analyses, and we are turning to you to make sure that your occupation
is represented in this special research.
As our thank you for your participation,
you will receive your personal results in a complimentary career report.
Your career report will be based on your individual responses and customized
to reflect your current occupation. In addition, if you complete the
assessment online, you may register for a 1 in 20 (5%) chance to win
a $100 lottery.
Participation in this project will take
approximately one hour of your time but will help thousands of individuals
make more successful career choices. Your individual responses will
be confidential, and we will not attempt to sell you anything. The information
you provide will be used to create statistical summaries across large
groups of respondents.
You may complete the questionnaire online
If you prefer a paper version of the questionnaire
or have any questions regarding the study, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
of leisure activity on the incidence of Alzheimers Disease
N. Scarmeas, MD, G. Levy, MD, M.-X.
Tang, PhD, J. Manly, PhD and Y. Stern, PhD
From the Cognitive Neuroscience Division of the Gertrude H. Sergievsky
Center (Drs. Levy, Tang, Manly, and Stern), the Department of Neurology
(Drs. Scarmeas, Manly, and Stern) and Psychiatry (Dr. Stern), the Taub
Institute for Research in Alzheimers Disease and the Aging Brain
(Drs. Scarmeas, Tang, and Stern), and the Division of Biostatistics (Dr.
Tang) in the School of Public Health, Columbia University College of Physicians
and Surgeons, New York, NY.
(Posted 2-4-02) Address correspondence
and reprint requests to Yaakov Stern, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center,
630 West 168th Street, New York, NY, 10032; e-mail: email@example.com
Objective: To determine whether leisure
activities modify the risk for incident dementia.
Background: Although high educational and
occupational attainments have been associated with reduced risk of incident
dementia, the relation between leisure activities and dementia risk
has not been adequately investigated.
Methods: A total of 1,772 nondemented individuals
aged 65 years or older, living in northern Manhattan, New York, were
identified and followed longitudinally in a community-based cohort incidence
study. Subjects leisure activities at baseline were assessed,
annual examinations with the same standardized neurologic and neuropsychological
measures were performed for up to 7 years (mean 2.9 years), and incident
dementia was assessed as the main outcome measure. Cox proportional
hazards models, adjusting for age, ethnic group, education, and occupation,
were used to estimate the relative risk (RR) of incident dementia associated
with high leisure activities.
Results: Of the 1,772 subjects, 207 became
demented. The risk of dementia was decreased in subjects with high leisure
activities (RR, 0.62; 95% CI 0.46 to 0.83). The association of high
leisure with decreased RR of incident dementia was present even when
baseline cognitive performance, health limitations interfering with
desired leisure activities, cerebrovascular disease, and depression
Conclusions: The data suggest that engagement
in leisure activities may reduce the risk of incident dementia, possibly
by providing a reserve that delays the onset of clinical manifestations
of the disease.
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ATRF Research Grant
The American Therapeutic Recreation Foundation
(ATRF) is dedicated to advancing the field of therapeutic recreation
and improving the quality of therapeutic recreation services through
the sponsorship of efficacy research grants. For the tenth year, ATRF
is proud to announce the availability of funding through the Bernard
E. Thorn Efficacy Research Fund. Interested applicants should submit
a one to two-page letter of intent to ATRF postmarked by March 1, 2002.
The letter of intent should include a definition of the problem and
the impact on the profession, the intervention to be studied, setting
for the research, proposed methods, and budget requirements.
Individuals seeking research awards must be current members of ATRA.
Priority consideration will be given to collaborative efficacy research
based in practice settings. Graduate students completing a thesis or
dissertation in therapeutic recreation are encouraged to apply. Current
ATRF Trustees and ATRA Board Members are ineligible.
Priority consideration will be given to efficacy research projects related
· that provide evidence as to the effectiveness of recreation
therapy interventions, and
· that examine outcomes and cost effectiveness of recreation
Awards from the Bernard E. Thorn Efficacy Research Fund will be for
up to $1500 for a one year period. The number and amount of individual
awards will be contingent upon the number of requests and merit of the
proposals. No indirect money will be paid by the foundation.
Letters of intent are to be sent to Dan Johnson Ph.D., UNC-Wilmington,
Dept. of HPER, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5956. The
letters of intent will be reviewed by an independent review panel who
will invite full proposals based on their review. The application packet
and detailed guidelines will be provided to invitees by April 1, 2002.
Full proposals will be due May 15, 2002. The panel will review full
proposals and recommend funding to the ATRF Board of Trustees by June
30, 2002. For further information contact Dan Johnson at (910) 962-3659;