News in Brief — 4/20/14

Published 12:39 am Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mental health fair scheduled at OUS

IRONTON — The Ohio University Southern Campus Student Psychology Club, ACTION, will host a mental health fair in the Riffe Center Mains Rotunda 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday.

More than 20 area agencies that provide mental health-related services and support will be represented with displays to share information about their programs.

As part of the event, Dr. William B. Webb, a psychotherapist and addictions counselor with Oasis Behavioral Health Services, will speak about the stigma attached to seeking treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues, as well as how individuals and families can overcome such obstacles to get the help they need.

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The event is free and open to the public.


Assessment, blood pressure check at Sherman Thompson

IRONTON — Occupational therapy enables people of all ages live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, prevent — or live better with — injury, illness or disability. It is a practice deeply rooted in science and is evidence-based, meaning that the plan designed for each individual is supported by data, experience and “best practices” that have been developed and proven over time.

Occupational therapists and owner of Synergy Occupational Therapy Doug Gentile emphatically teaches “functional well-being is paramount to long-term health for all adults.”

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants focus on “doing” whatever occupations or activities are meaningful to the individual. It is occupational therapy’s purpose to get beyond problems to the solutions that assure living life to its fullest. These solutions may be adaptations for how to do a task, changes to the surroundings, or helping individuals to alter their own behaviors.

When working with an occupational therapy practitioner, strategies and modifications are customized for each individual to resolve problems, improve function and support everyday living activities. The goal is to maximize potential. Through these therapeutic approaches, occupational therapy helps individuals design their lives, develop needed skills, adjust their environments (e.g., home, school, or work) and build health-promoting habits and routines that will allow them to thrive.

By taking the full picture into account — a person’s psychological, physical, emotional and social makeup as well as their environment — occupational therapy assists clients to do the following:

• Achieve goals;

• Function at the highest possible level;

• Concentrate on what matters most to them;

• Maintain or rebuild their independence;

• Participate in daily activities that they need or want to do.

Join Abbott Home Care and OT, Doug Gentile, at our functional well-being event 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday at the Sherman Thompson Tower community room.