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ADU Partners With Florida DEP To Develop Innovative Serenity Garden

ADU Partners with Florida DEP to Develop Innovative Serenity Garden for People of All Abilities at Wekiwa Springs State Park

Members of Adventist University of Health Sciences' (ADU) Occupational Therapy (OT) department are working with internationally recognized therapeutic design consultant, Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, FAOTA, offering their expertise to the Serenity Garden at Wekiwa Springs State Park. This unique garden is among the first of its kind in the nation, and is a monumental step towards providing equal access to nature for all.

The Serenity Garden will offer visitors a restorative, green oasis designed to promote healing, stimulate the senses, and reduce stress for people of all ages and abilities. Programming is in development that will benefit visitors, including veterans coping with PTSD, senior citizens, the visually impaired, and children and adults with autism.

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University of St. Augustine Teams Up With The Council On Aging

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Teams Up with the Council on Aging to Host a CarFit Event to Help Senior Drivers Stay Safe

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS), a leading graduate institution that emphasizes health and rehabilitative sciences education through innovative classroom education, is hosting a CarFit event, in collaboration with the Council on Aging. The event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Players Community Senior Center, located at 175 Landrum Lane in Ponte Verda, FL. The event aims to help senior drivers find a better "fit" with their cars for comfort and safety.

CarFit, a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles "fit" them. The CarFit pr

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Study: Therapists Lack Knowledge To Prevent Transmission Of CMV

Results from a new health-risk knowledge survey indicate that physical and occupational therapists are at increased risk of contracting cytomegalovirus (CMV), a leading cause of prenatal infection and lifelong disabilities, but that they lack sufficient knowledge to prevent its transmission.

CMV is the leading viral cause of childhood disabilities

Congenital CMV (cCMV) infections cause more children to have permanent disabilities than Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and pediatric HIV/AIDS combined. In the US, approximately 40,000 newborns are diagnosed with cCMV annually, of which an estimated 400 cases result in death, and of which 8,000-10,000 children acquire permanent disabilities, including microcephaly (the neurological impairment also caused by the Zika virus), cerebral palsy, and hearing and/or vision loss.

CMV is commonly spread by healthy children in hom

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Why An Ounce Of Healthcare Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure

A new OnCourse Learning webinar series led by healthcare professionals highlights prevention strategies for some of healthcare's most troubling occurrences.

The three-part Prevention Series offers educational tips that healthcare professionals can incorporate into day-to-day care routines to protect patients and a facility's bottom line. The series will focus on an interprofessional approach to the following concerns:

Skin injuries
Proper antimicrobial therapies
"Healthcare systems are aware of these topics and do try to prevent problems, but prevention can play a much bigger part in patient safety," said Maria Morales, MSN, RN, CPAN, director of CNE programs for OnCourse Learning. "The webinar series will help clinicians produce better outcomes, which can save money and protect their facilities from Medicare penalties."

The 1.0-hour webinars are available through two of OnCours

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