AOTA


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American Occupational Therapy Association

The Conference

Mid April found us in Nashville, Tennessee attending the AOTA Annual conference and Expo 2015.  I was there as a guest.

AOTA Guest Badge

AOTA Guest Badge

Jeanette was there as an inductee and founding member of the Leaders and Legacy Society of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.  For many years she was the Executive Director of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

I found the conference quite interesting.

I knew what a Physical Therapist (PT) was.  Some time back I had restricted movement of my arm caused by “frozen shoulder”.  I went to a PT for several sessions during which my arm and shoulder were stretched and manipulated, the result of which was the regaining of complete movement.  So I had an understanding of the function of a Physical Therapist.  But what was an Occupational Therapist?

According to Wikipedia, “Occupational therapy (OT) is the use of assessment and treatment to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with a physical, mental, or cognitive disorder.”

The Conference was held in the Music Hall in Nashville.

At the Music Hall

At the Music Hall

It’s a big place.

The Exhibitors Hall showcased examples of devices designed to help deal with daily living:    Such things as robotic devices to help feed oneself, lifts to get in and out of one’s car, and collapsible wheel chair wheels for easy storage.

Various Devices to Reg

Various Devices to Regaining Mobility

Specially Equiped cars

Specially equipped cars

 Collapseable Wheel Ch

collapsible Wheel Chair Wheel

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Device to fill pet bowl

There were even simple tools to fill a pets food bowl (notice the upper right in the above picture).

Many of the exhibits featured educational materials.

In the Exhibit Hall

 

 Texts

Texts

A Wealth of Knowledge

A Wealth of Knowledge

There were also many schools recruiting students for their advanced studies programs.

During the conference we stayed in the Union Station Hotel.

 Union Station Hotel

Union Station Hotel

Not exactly your everyday accommodation.  It is the old Union Railway Station converted to a hotel.  The first two floors are below ground in the space that once was used for the tracks.  The hotel was kind of fun.

front desk, Union Squa

front desk, Union Square Hotel

Lobby Union Station H

Lobby Union Station Hotel

On the Way to the Evening Festvities

On the Way to the Evening festivities

The conference concluded with a Cocktail Party and dancing.

Having a good Time

Having a good Time

The party

The party

The music was so loud that it bordered on the threshold of pain.  By the end of the evening I think we all needed some type of therapy.  Still, people were having a great time.

The conference ended of course and everyone went their respective ways.  I came away realizing occupational therapy will likely touch the lives of many people I know, perhaps even myself.  People who suffer disabilities or loss that impairs their ability to function normally, people whom are affected by a stroke, war casualties, these are the people who benefit by occupational therapy.

Belle Meade Plantation

As you might imagine we had some free time while we were in Nashville.  One afternoon we went out to the Belle Meade Plantation.

Belle Meade Mansion

Belle Meade Mansion

Main House Belle Meade Plantation

Main House Belle Meade Plantation

Perhaps I was worn out from our other activities but I found it a little tired.  It is very well-known in the Thoroughbred Industry!  My understanding is that every horse that ran in the Kentucky Derby in 2014 was directly descended from one specific sire owned by the Plantation in the late 1800’s.

We skipped the house tour.  I did find some interesting carriages in a barn.

Carriage

Carriage

 Carriage for Nine

Carriage for Nine

Open Carriage

Open Carriage

And, most enjoyable was the Bocce Ball Court.

 Playing Bocce Ball

Playing Bocce Ball

In case you have wondered how to play, I took a picture of the rules for you.

Bocce Ball Rules

Bocce Ball Rules

The Hermitage

At the Hermitage

At the Hermitage

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson

The next day we took drive out to Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage.  That was impressive.

There is a museum at the entrance and then the grounds.  Andrew Jackson was one of the most wealthy men to ever serve as President and it shows.  The house is open to tours.

Andrew jackson's Home

Andrew Jackson’s Home

dining room

dining room

hermitage_entrance

hermitage_entrance

If you find yourself in Nashville you should visit the Hermitage.

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Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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One Response to AOTA

  1. Congratulations, Jeanette!

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