Welcome to a New Year!

I am always amazed when a year ends and another suddenly arrives! They say (whoever ‘they’ are), that time flying by is a sign of getting older – so I have aged a LOT lately!

I love the end of the year; it’s a chance to reflect on everything that has happened over the past 12 months and a terrific opportunity to consider what’s to come. Certainly, most of us experienced a great deal of change in 2015 and if you are anything like me, you probably found these changes to be challenging.


However, as an occupational therapist, I am reminded that I need to find a balance.

I may complain, and think about how things “used to be”, but at the same time, change can be good. Often, it can energize us and force us to consider doing things differently.

I am reminded of a quote. No idea where I heard it, but I think it is appropriate for all of us in these challenging times:

“Most people HATE the idea of trying new things unless there’s a guaranteed payoff. People who operate under that mindset will NEVER live up to their full potential.”

So I say, bring on 2016 and everything that comes with it! Who knows what heights we might reach!



One thought on “Welcome to a New Year!

  1. Excellent interview with Sparks, Sylvia!
    I particularly liked the way you spoke of technology that is being applied is not set ’in the sky’ & you kept to the basic principles Occupational Therapy. E.g. task analysis, early intervention, holistic & client centered/ client’s perspective, finding out what is most important to the individual rather than just looking at an app to ‘fix’ the solution. I think it’s wonderful that Dementia Hack is a trail blazer in technology & Dementia & hope that more resources are being directed towards this type of research.
    As I continue to work in the Toronto Central CCAC as a hospital care-coordinator in the rehab sites, I feel there are fewer resources, supports / solutions & more emphasis placed on band aids & patchwork quick fixes. When we look at our dementia population going back to live in the community, there is an enormous burden put on families, a lack of supportive agencies & resources to support them. It is becoming more & more difficult to return to the community & Long Term Care becomes the only door left open to them. Even then, unmanaged behaviours are barriers when placing clients in LTC & clients are waiting longer in hospital settings, which we all agree is not the best place.
    I challenge OTs working with Dementia clients to say more than the ’client needs 24 hour supervision’ & look at ways to manage the dementia client during those periods that the caregiver needs the most help. (Remember that 24 hour supervision doesn’t happen in hospitals or LTC homes either.) OTs in Dementia Care are the best equipped to look beyond institutions as the only settings that they can go to. I don’t say we have the answers yet but we need to work with Technology, the Dementia Society & dementia community groups to find better solutions.

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