own column is lots of fun, but it is a really happy project
only if many others contribute suggestions to it. So, cmon
on, give! Im sure many of our readers have had some wonderfully
original ideas for Christmas. Please write and tell me about
We, here in New York, are having a wonderful time! We have been
asked to set up publicity for the citys two chronic hospitals,
both located on Welfare Island in the middle of the East River.
We have a big deal planned--Operation Christmas Welfare
Island...By Land, Sea, and Air. We expect to have one
helicopter, one launch from the fire department, one horse and
sleigh, and one red station wagon, each vehicle with a Santa
Claus operating it. We take off by land, sea, and air from the
heliport on the Hudson River on December 17 at noon. We plan
to have two dozen patients in wheelchairs and stretchers at
the heliport, to wave good-bye to our Santa Clauses. This should
make for good publicity for the two hospitals, and gifts should
begin to pour in as soon as the story breaks. Will let you know
Do You Know . . .
That the National Recreation Association and New York University
are having an Institute specifically concerned with Recreation
for the Aged, Ill, and Handicapped on January 18, 19 and 20
at New York University?
That there is a very fine book on hospital recreation called
Recreation for the Handicapped by Valerie Hunt. (See age 37
That there are two bulletins issued by the National Recreation
Association: Recreation Leadership with the Ill and Handicapped--A
Service Career for You (F61) and Suggested Standards for Hospital
Recreation Personnel (F62).
That Basic Concepts of Hospital Recreation may be obtained by
writing to: Mrs. Gwen Smith, Administration Assistant, American
Recreation Society, 1129 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Washington 5,
That Martin W. Meyer, formerly recreation director, Montrose
Veterans Administration Hospital in New York State, not only
received his doctorate, but has been engaged to do a very exciting
job in the State of Indiana? His title is Coordinator Activities
Therapies, Division of Mental Health, Indianapolis, and he is
consultant to the many ancillary therapies in the state hospitals.
Here and There
Have you all seen a fine picture, taking place in a neuro-psychiatric
hospital, Working and Playing to Health, made by the National
Mental Health Association, and a brand new picture made by the
National Committee on the Aged entitled, A Place to Live?
Is there a television program called Medical Horizons
in your locality? In New York its Monday evening on the
ABC network. This program is a really sensible, true picture
of many types of hospitals.
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