Thursday, December 22, 2011

Shoes and Boots: Traction Devices.

Walking on non-technical snow or ice? These little gizmos slip easily onto your footwear to reduce the odds of slipping. They stow easily in your jacket or pack pocket when not needed. I used in the alley to throw garbage in the garbage bin but the alley in winter is covered with ice.  Instead of slipping or sliding on the ice, I walk easily using the little gizmos with confidence.
  • Natural rubber, wound with coils to create hundreds of biting edges to grip snow and ice.
  • Removable performance straps.
  • Provides traction through 360 degrees, for security when traversing gentle slopes.
Look at the devices at Mountain Equipment Co-op or Lee Valley (and many other stores have the same or similar product).


What is unilateral spatial neglect?

Left side neglect or unilateral spatial neglect (USN) is estimated to occur in 40% of stroke patients. Health professionals say unilateral spatial neglect is  "characterized by the inability to orient or respond to stimuli appearing on the side contralateral to the brain lesion". A more understandable explanation comes from the StrokEngine website:

GRASP - Graded Repetitive Arm Supplementary Program

GRASP - Graded Repetitive Arm Supplementary Program
by Janice Eng, PhD, PT/OT and Jocelyn Harris, PhD, OT

Monday, December 19, 2011

Ad-hoc Darts and Friends and Acquaintances - A Christmas Party!

Hi Ad-hoc Darts and Friends and Acquaintances,

BRIANwaves December 2011

 BRIANwaves (Remue-MÉNINGES)

In This Issue -- December 2011:
Calgary Congress plans in gear
Provinces are using stroke report
results to drive change
iSCORE a useful tool for clinicians
Mr. Noodles wins 2011
Canadian Salt Lick Award
Life After Stroke website a valuable resource

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Some therapists recommend splints and others do not.

Some therapists recommend splints and others do not.  There is conflicting evidence about  hand splints  Some therapists and research  say they reduce spasticity or contractures, but others say a splint doesn’t  do anything.  These are the links to  dueling articles—one says it works and one says it doesn’t:

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Christmas at Hilltop for Ad-doc Darts !

Prepare for Christmas !
Sharpen your Darts !
Tuesday December 6th @ 7:00 pm 
at the Hilltop Pub

Darts -- "Ad-hoc Darts"

     We are celebrating Christmas at the Hilltop!  Come out and play Darts! Or just come to Talk. Wear a Christmas Hat! 

There will be Prizes for the best Dart Game of:
  - Round the Clock,
  - The most Bulls eyes in a row,
  - Shanghai.
    (Instructions will be provided)

Parking or Bus:
  • Lots of parking -- absolutely free.
    • Ask for a ride from a friend!
  • Very efficient for the Bus #1 - it takes only 12 minutes:
    • Take the LRT to Bay/Enterprise Station,
    • Hop the Bus #1 going east,
    • Get off at Hilltop 8220 - 106 Ave,
    • Going home just take Bus #1 going west, 
    • Bus #1 leaves every 20 min. to 1:30AM (we are done usually 9:30PM).

View Larger Map