WNA Helps Celebrate 100 Years of the Occupational Therapy Profession
WNA has been supported for almost 10 years through the generosity of the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC). And as such we are pleased to recognize the centennial celebration of their profession. Our administrative assistant shares her time and responsibilities between OTAC and WNA – her cubicle space is located in the office complex we share with about 20 or so other nonprofit organizations under Association Resource Center – so we are very much celebrating with them. OTAC’s executive director is our Board of Director’s vice president. She has been serving WNA since 2009.
During the First World War and afterward a group of therapists used what they called the “work cure” to help veterans recover from the shock of war, injuries as well as mental and emotional impacts. They kept the patients busy with meaningful and productive handiwork where they could take pride in their continued improvement. It changed lives and has become a vital part of the rapidly improving approaches to medicine.
This new therapy approach became known as occupational therapy as it used work as therapy to prepare people to be successful in whatever they chose to occupy their time. Occupational therapy today remains as vital an approach to helping patients as it was 100 years ago with a continued belief that independence and full participation in life are vital. OTAC’s vision is in support of this 100 year history – A world where all people participate in meaningful activities to optimize their life experience.
Click here for 14 Reasons Seniors Can Be Thankful for Occupational Therapy. And watch for more article about occupational therapy in the October newsletter.
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September 2017 WNA Newsletter
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- A Tennagesr's Story: Born with Lyme Disease - Finally on the Road to Recovery
- Diabetic Nerve Pain - Research Volunteer Needed and Will Get Paid
- WNA Support Groups
- President's Message
- Questions and Answers - Dysautonomia
- Toxic Concerns in Agricultural Chemicals
- A Food and Drug Administration Panel Opened a New Era in Medicine
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Neuropathy: It may be the most common disease you've never heard of!
Do your hands or feet feel like they:
- Are numb, burning or freezing?
- Have stinging, stabbing or shooting pains?
- Are wearing gloves or stockings when they are not?
- Do you have muscle weakness or coordination problems?
Do you feel like your internal organs don't function properly?
If so, you may have peripheral neuropathy (PN).
The Western Neuropathy Association (WNA) is committed to assisting you and providing hope through caring, support, research, education, and empowerment. Please explore our website to learn about neuropathy, find resources, and locate a support group that can help you.
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The importance of hope
Neuropathy can seem like a hopeless disease because there is no cure. Often the treatment of symptoms is ineffective or erratic. Most of us have been assured that the condition will only get worse which is not always true. We also can suffer from dismissive or uninformed doctors or others in our lives who don't understand the extent of the difficulties we face.
We all need hope. WNA is dedicated to providing it.
Hope is so important that the Western Neuropathy Association considers it our primary purpose, providing "hope through caring, support, research, education, and empowerment."
Education is essential. People--including doctors--need to know more about neuropathy. Given the number of people who have the disease, we want it to be as well known as some of the central nervous system diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. We will get there with your support.
The WNA is committed to informing people about neuropathy. This includes health care professionals, government officials, insurance personnel, and others in positions of influence. We also help our members to be their own best advocates.
Hope through caring is provided by our support groups. We have more than 30 support groups that are either going strong or getting underway. People can share experiences, discuss treatments that help them, receive valuable information from knowledgeable speakers, and assist each other. If there isn't one in your area and you would like to help us start one, contact WNA president Bev Anderson at email@example.com.
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