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    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 42

    *Assistive Technology (AT) is a universal part of life and can be essential in the lives of adults with disabilities as they function at home, in the community and at work.  Keeping up to date with emerging innovations in AT for people with disabilities can be challenging for OT providers. Kathy Adams, Maine CITE Program Director, will discuss AT as part of OT assessment, share resources and AT funding options. We will explore the many types of AT including “everyday” technologies that can impact the functional skills, independence, safety and productivity of adults who have disabilities.


    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 PM

    "Exploring options for client-centered care for older adults"

    Presented by Dr. Susan Wehry, Chief of Geriatrics at UNECOM; Nick Viti OTR/L Director of Life Enrichment at The Cedars; and UNE OT students will speak on End-of-Life Care

    Compassion, not control: remaining client-centered in the face of diminishing capacity by Dr Susan Wehry

    Few rights are held more dearly than the right to self-determination and few fears are more troubling than fear of the loss of this autonomy in the face of diminishing capacity. This fear can often lead clients to minimize their need for assistance or to reject the very interventions that occupational therapists can offer. This can also lead concerned care partners to overreach in their wish to protect. In this highly interactive and engaging presentation, Dr. Susan Wehry makes the case for a client-centered approach to shared and supported decision-making that optimizes the client's (and family's) abilities and improves quality of life outcomes for persons living with disabilities, including dementia.

    Dr. Susan Wehry, Chief of Geriatrics at UNECOM, is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist and occupational therapy ally who has spent much of her 30-year career supporting historically marginalized and stigmatized populations. A popular speaker, she recently received high marks for her talk on Ending the Stigma of Dementia at the 2nd International Occupational Therapy Association conference in Tangier, Morocco.

    Unique person-centered interventions for people living with dementia by Nick Viti MOTR/L

    Nick Viti will present on nonpharmalogical interventions to support dignity and choice, as well as decreasing the ‘problem behaviors’, of people living with dementia utilizing creative techniques that engage residents in meaningful ways. These strategies have been used at The Cedars of Portland for several years and have dramatically changed the environment allowing for a more positive experience for residents and staff alike. Programs like Opening Minds through Art, Music and Memory, TimeSlips, and horticultural programs enrich the lives of the residents and provide for an opportunity to exercise their individuality which is sorely lacking in the traditional nursing home setting. Mr. Viti will demonstrate how these programs can be implemented in other facilities to support positive outcomes for residents living with dementia.

    Nick Viti is an occupational therapist working as the Life Enrichment Manager of the Hoffman Center skilled nursing and long-term care facility at The Cedars in Portland, Maine. He is a certified dementia practitioner and is certified to train both Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care and the Alzheimer’s Association’s Habilitation Therapy. While studying at the University of Southern Maine’s Master of Occupational Therapy program he developed a passion for working with clients with dementia. He has since worked in this field for the past eight years. Mr. Viti uses these skills and experiences to design, adapt, and lead engaging activities for the residents of The Cedars every day. In 2015 he was awarded Occupational Therapy Practitioner of the Year by the Maine Occupational Therapy Association.

    UNE Student research presentation on An Investigation of Occupation-Enhanced GoWish Cards to Promote Conversations about End-of-Life (EOL) Care with Dr. Regi Robnett.

Past events

2 Apr 2020 From Onsite to Online: Addressing Students’ Needs Through a Telehealth Service Delivery Model
2 Apr 2020 Executive Function in the Classroom
1 Apr 2020 Occupational Therapy in Hospitals & Inpatient Care: Responding to a Pandemic
28 Mar 2020 Evidence-based Occupational & Physical Therapy (LSVT BIG®): An Informational Webinar for OT and PT Students and Faculty
28 Mar 2020 The Integral Role of Occupational Therapy in a Parkinson-Specific Rehabilitation Approach: LSVT BIG®
27 Mar 2020 An interprofessional practice approach to improving occupational participation, communication, and mobility in Parkinson disease
20 Mar 2020 Comprehensive Evaluation, Management and Treatment of Elbow, Wrist & Hand
19 Mar 2020 Comprehensive Evaluation, Management & Treatment of the Shoulder
19 Mar 2020 Comprehensive Evaluation, Management and Treatment of the Shoulder
18 Mar 2020 Treating the Shoulder Complex, Advances in Conservative & Post-op Management
7 Mar 2020 Vermont OT Annual Conference
29 Feb 2020 Partners for World Health Volunteering Day
27 Feb 2020 Rotator Cuff Repair…Patient management the first 6 weeks following surgery
26 Feb 2020 Managing Pediatric Behaviors in Rehabilitation Treatment Sessions
20 Feb 2020 Releasing the Frozen Shoulder
19 Feb 2020 Pediatric Physical Therapy in the Intensive Care Unit
13 Feb 2020 Homonymous Hemianopsia: A Beginner's Guide to Assessment & Intervention
12 Feb 2020 Scoliosis Classification and Specific Exercises
29 Jan 2020 Vestibular Differential Diagnosis: Central vs. Peripheral Etiology of Vertigo
24 Jan 2020 Technology as a Meaningful Employment Support
22 Jan 2020 Infantile Torticollis … A Softer, Gentler Approach (3 CEUs)
16 Jan 2020 OCS Exam Prep Course Final Review
15 Jan 2020 January Board Meeting- All are welcome!
15 Jan 2020 Head and Neck Cancer: Issues Related to Speech and Swallowing
7 Dec 2019 Comprehensive Evaluation, Management and Treatment of the Shoulder
2 Dec 2019 Comprehensive Automotive Mobility Solutions Course for Health Professionals (CAMS-HP)
21 Nov 2019 Examination and Intervention for the patient with Cardiorespiratory Dysfunction
20 Nov 2019 Disability and Posture: Therapeutic Positioning Around the Clock
14 Nov 2019 Maximizing Mobility with Myofascial Release (3 CEUs)
9 Nov 2019 MeOTA Fall Conference at Black Bear Inn
16 Oct 2019 October Board Meeting- All are welcome
5 Oct 2019 Partners for World Health Volunteering Day
30 Sep 2019 Training opportunity: Behavioral Health Services in Maine-A System Overview
29 Sep 2019 Volunteering Opportunity- Dempsey Challenge
23 Sep 2019 Training opportunity: Behavioral Health Services in Maine-A System Overview
23 Sep 2019 Virtual Hill Day
18 Sep 2019 September Board Meeting- All are welcome!
18 Sep 2019 Assessment of Motor and Process Skills Certification Course
12 Sep 2019 Training opportunity: Behavioral Health Services in Maine-A System Overview
10 Aug 2019 Backpack Awareness Day at LL Bean
24 Jul 2019 Central Maine July Social
24 Jun 2019 2019 Northern New England Stroke Conference
18 Jun 2019 Special Surfers Volunteer Day
27 Apr 2019 Spring Conference 2019
17 Apr 2019 April Board Meeting- All are welcome
13 Apr 2019 Partners for World Health Volunteer Day- April
27 Mar 2019 SIS- Pediatrics
16 Mar 2019 Partners for World Health Volunteer Day- March
16 Feb 2019 Partners for World Health Volunteer Day- February
26 Jan 2019 Partners for World Health Volunteer Day- January
8 Dec 2018 Partners for World Health Craft Fair- Volunteers Needed
1 Dec 2018 Partners for World Health Volunteering Day
28 Nov 2018 Executive Board Meeting- November
3 Nov 2018 MeOTA Fall Conference 2018
24 Oct 2018 Well-Being for Older Adults Special Interest Section October Meeting
17 Oct 2018 MeOTA Board Meeting, October
30 Sep 2018 Dempsey Challenge Volunteer Group
22 Sep 2018 NeuroRehab SLP Conference by Goodwill
21 Aug 2018 Special Surfer Night (August)
11 Aug 2018 Backpack Awareness Day
17 Jul 2018 Special Surfer Night



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