Today we are going to Muse about Nashville Tennessee, the AOTA, Belle Meade Plantation, and the Hermitage. If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.
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Mid April found us in Nashville, Tennessee attending the AOTA Annual conference and Expo 2015. I was there as a guest.
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.
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.
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.
There were also many schools recruiting students for their advanced studies programs.
During the conference we stayed in the 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.
The conference concluded with a Cocktail Party and dancing.
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.
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.
And, most enjoyable was the Bocce Ball Court.
In case you have wondered how to play, I took a picture of the rules for you.
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.
If you find yourself in Nashville you should visit the Hermitage.
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