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O-Tip of the Week: Try the ’10 Minute Rule’

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

Occupational Therapists are a vital part of a team of professionals that assist with the rehabilitation from brain injury.  For the month of June, Brain Injury Awareness Month, our series will be providing solutions to assist with some of the many symptoms of brain injury. 

Struggling to complete a daunting task?  Continuously pushing it to tomorrows to do list?  Try the 10 Minute Rule Instead of trying to complete this task all at once, set a timer and spend just 10 minutes a day on this task until you are able to finish it.

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Concussion Recovery: An OT Can Help!

If you ask a crowd of people if they have ever had a concussion, about 1/3 will raise their hand. Direct hits to the head and closed head injuries are not uncommon in children and young adults, decrease in frequency in adulthood, but increase again in seniors.

Symptoms of concussion range and some can dramatically impact someone’s ability to work, drive, go to school, manage daily routines, or even participate in social or leisure activities.  Occupational Therapists can help those who have suffered a concussion manage symptoms and for those who are struggling to participate in important life roles, we can help them to return to work / home / school / fun! 

Learn more about Occupational Therapy’s vital role in our OT-V Episode:  Managing a Concussion

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Computerized Cognitive Training – Does it Help?

How do you stay “mentally fit?”  In our previous post, Working up a Cognitive Sweat, we suggested some online ways to provide a “workout” for your brain through computer “brain training” programs or computerized cognitive training.  The following care of the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal discusses research which confirms that these training programs do provide benefit, even to those who with mild cognitive impairment.   Learn more about this research below and take a look at our OT-V episode, Cognition and Aging — Keeping the Mind Sharp, for more ways to keep your brain cognitively fit!

The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal:  Computer brain games for treating cognitive impairment

 

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O-Tip of the Week: Plan Your Weeks and Days

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

Occupational Therapists are a vital part of a team of professionals that assist with the rehabilitation from brain injury.  For the month of June, Brain Injury Awareness Month, our series will be providing solutions to assist with some of the many symptoms of brain injury. 

Brain injuries may result in cognitive deficits which can affect memory and concentration.  Additionally, a brain injury often affects energy levels, leaving many fatigued by completing daily tasks.  Spreading activities throughout the week and thoroughly planning each day will go a long way to help someone with a brain injury accomplish more and feel more in control.  An OT can help!

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Stay Sharp with the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and, in recognition, Solutions for Living created the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge.  We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which, when incorporated into your lifestyle, can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

Try the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge and after the month let us know how many activities you were able to complete!

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Trampoline Parks: Are they Worth the Risk?

A place where kids, teens, and adults can go for hours of endless fun, any time of the year and it offers great physical activity… sign me up! Right?  Trampoline parks have become extremely popular due to the fun activities and obstacles they have, the fact that the activity can be done year round, tire out busy-bodies, and provide a form of cardiovascular exercise.  However, despite all of these great aspects, many wonder are the risks worth the rewards?  An increase in broken bones, concussions, and spinal cord injuries at trampoline parks have led to a call for regulation in Canada.  Recently, a trampoline park death has increased the urgency of addressing this inadequacy.  Learn more in the following care of CBC News.

CBC News:  ‘They are very dangerous’: Trampoline park death highlights calls for regulation

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Rowan’s Law: New Legislation to Help Protect Young Athletes

Rowan Stringer was an avid rugby player who died in 2013 at the young age of 17.  Rowan’s death maybe have been prevented had undiagnosed concussions been recognized and strict policies been followed, however, at that time none were in place.  Since Rowan’s death, her parents have worked tirelessly to create change that can save the lives of others.  Rowan’s Law, a new legislation that will provide education to athletes, parents and coaches, requires the removal of an athlete from a game if a concussion is suspected, and ensures no athlete can return to the sport until medically cleared to do so. 

Learn more about the new law, Rowan, and her family’s dedication to seeing this new legislation get passed in the following from the Globe and Mail. 

The Globe and Mail:  Rowan’s law: How a teenager’s concussion-related death will help save lives

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Nourish Your Noggin with These Delicious Dishes

The choices of WHAT we eat are becoming increasingly important as research is finding more and more connections between certain foods and their effects on our bodies.  The following from Eating Well provides recipes that can help to fuel our brains to assist with concentration and memory, and keep our minds in tip-top shape!

Eating Well:  Brain-Boosting Dinner Recipes