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"inTeRlink" is an on-line therapeutic recreation newsletter featuring links to articles on & related to recreation therapy and therapeutic recreation on the Internet. Send news items and links to Charlie Dixon at charlie * (change * to @ before emailing).

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Dr. Gerald O'Morrow, a leader in therapeutic recreation for more than 30 years, was killed in a car accident in New Zealand in November

Dr. Gerald O'Morrow, a leader in therapeutic recreation for more than 30 years, was killed in a car accident in New Zealand in November. His education, experience, teaching and writing contributed to the development of the profession. More specifically, his involvement was instrumental in enhancing the role of therapeutic recreation in the treatment process.

His innovative doctoral dissertation, "A Study of Recreation Services to Psychiatric Patients in Relation to Pre-Discharge Planning and Aftercare," foreshadowed the present emphasis on transitional services in therapeutic recreation. He was chair of the Department of Recreation at Indiana State University, chaired and coordinated the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies graduate program at University of Georgia and chaired the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services at Radford University in Radford, Va. During his career, O'Morrow twice served as president of the National Therapeutic Recreation Society and he received numerous awards and citations for his exemplary service, including two of the highest honors given in the profession. He received the NRPA Distinguished Service Award and the Appreciation Award for 20 years of continued contributions. In 1995, he was recognized as NRPA's National Distinguished Professional Award for his vision and leadership in the field of parks and recreation.

"Dr. Gerald O'Morrow, a leader in therapeutic recreation for more than 30 years, was killed in a car accident in New Zealand in November - Southeast Region". Parks & Recreation. Dec 2002.



Recreational Therapist new Chair Elect of the CARF Board of Trustees for 2003

(11-26-02) Tucson, Arizona – The 53 member CARF trustee board voted Joanne F. Finegan, M.S.A., CTRS as Chair–Elect/First Vice-Chair for 2003. Finegan joined the CARF board in 1997 as a representative of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. She will serve as Chair of the board in 2004and the Past Chair in 2005. Finegan is the Chief Executive Officer of ReMed in Conshohocken, PA, a facility providing residential and outpatient services for people with acquired brain injury and neurological disorders.

Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, the accrediting body is now known as CARF. CARF establishes customer-focused standards to help providers measure and improve the quality, value, and outcomes of their services. At present, CARF has accredited more than 3,700 organizations in the United States, Canada, and Sweden in the areas of adult day services, assisted living, behavioral health, employment and community services, and medical rehabilitation.

ATRA President GT Thompson commented, “We are both excited and proud of this recognition of Joanne's obvious leadership abilities. She has certainly brought a great deal of recognition to our profession through her accomplishments.”

For more information, please contact Laurie Jake, CTRS, ATRA Communications Coordinator at (480) 460-1525 or the ATRA National Office at (703) 683-9420


ATRA makes Continuing Education more convenient than ever

(11-13-02) The American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) is pleased to announce the release of a new Audiotape Program that will make continuing education easier than ever for recreational therapists and other allied healthcare professionals. In 2001 ATRA began offering The ATRA Teleconference Series: An exciting new approach to learning. ATRA has organized another excellent continuing education opportunity designed to reach out to practitioners across the country.

In response to request from individuals who were unable to take part in the original calls, The 2001 ATRA Academy Teleconferences are now offered in a cassette tape format that is available for purchase. Presenters for these topics are well known experts in the profession providing the most up-to-date information. The tapes cover a wide range of topics. Take advantage of this great chance to keep current in your practice, in the convenience of your job site or home. For more information check out the ATRA website for details


Centerpiece: Pet Partners
Animal therapy brings smiles to retirement community
Naples Daily News Sunday, November 3, 2002)

(Editor's Note: Linda Buettner is a CTRS working at the Center for Positive Aging. A portion of the article is reprinted here. For the complete article please go to

(posted 11-13-02) "The idea behind Pet Partners is to give aging and disabled people the social and psychological benefits of contact with animals, said Linda Buettner, director of the Center for Positive Aging.

Buettner first became involved with Pet Partners while working with an assisted therapy program in New York in the 1980s. Seventy-five percent of people who live in long-term care facilities had pets when they were younger, Buettner said. "Just having an animal come in once a week increases communication," she said. Buettner can cite studies that show about cardiac and respiratory changes that occur when petting an animal. She can list statistics that show the physical benefits of bed-ridden patients holding animals. But it comes down to a very simple explanation:

"It brings delight to people again," Buettner said.

Buettner hopes to bring delight to even more people with upcoming certification classes. She believes there's a need for at least 20 more human-animal teams and awareness on the part of assisted living facilities that these teams are certified and insured.

The next eight-hour class for humans is on the FGCU campus Dec. 13. Buettner said other classes can be arranged, particularly for interested groups."


Recreational Therapy Recognized for Best Practice in Florida
Contact: Ann D Huston MPA, CTRS
Phone: (703) 683-9420

(October 21, 2002) Alzheimer’s disease is a major quality of care challenge for our society. Dr. Linda Buettner, recreational therapist and her colleague, Suzanne Fitzsimmons, ARNP from the Interdisciplinary Center for Positive Aging, Florida Gulf Coast University are dedicated to preserving an individual's personal control, dignity and quality of life. Two of their programs were recently selected by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to be presented during the Best Practices ExCHANGE. The programs were selected from over 200 submissions in the state. Their program, "Health Promotion for the Mind, Body, and Spirit (A Health Promotion College Course for Persons with mild Alzheimer's Disease)" was developed because Fitzsimmons and Buettner were concerned that there were very few services available for older adults in early stages of dementia. These older adults are generally considered too high functioning for most services, yet many are unable to participate in life in a meaningful way. They are commonly depressed, isolated from friends, and unable to participate in their past leisure time activities. They often are worried about their health and have numerous questions pertaining to what they can do to help themselves. Education, up to now, has been directed primarily at family or professional caregivers, and not the client with the disease. Buettner states, we believe that this may be the first time this type of course has ever been offered by a University. Providing education, early in the disease course, empowers the older adult student, and provides an element of personal control, pride and dignity.

The other program selected for recognition is the Gulf Coast Pet Partners – A Delta Society Affiliate Group through Florida Gulf Coast University that Buettner leads. Gulf Coast Pet Partners program is an innovative application of a “traditional” concept of Animal Assisted Therapy in aging services. The program took over 60 volunteers who were interested in working with their pets to help others, trained them using the Delta Society national certification requirements through the Center for Positive Aging at Florida Gulf Coast University, and evaluated each team for appropriate service delivery to frail older persons. Over 30 teams (human-animal) have passed the rigorous training and testing process and are visiting 15 different facilities in a four county area on a regular basis. They are currently visiting over 400 long-term care residents per month in SW FL. Buettner has a passion for this Pet Partners programs, and she explains that animal-assisted therapy (AAT) can effectively reduce the loneliness of residents in long-term care facilities. Buettner explains, residents who often refuse social contact with nursing home staff love talking to our Pet Partners teams.

As quality of life issues become increasingly more recognized by the healthcare community, programs like these are leading the way in finding creative ways to address these issues.

For more information, please contact the ATRA National Office at (703) 683-9420 or Laurie Jake, CTRS, ATRA Communications Coordinator at (480) 460-1525.


Congratulations to the 2002 ATRA Awards Winners

(9-30-02) The Annual ATRA Awards program is a way to recognize many of the individuals who have worked diligently to advance the profession of therapeutic recreation. ATRA would like to congratulate the following individuals who were recognized at the Awards ceremony in Keystone Colorado during the ATRA Annual conference. The ATRA Distinguished Fellow Award for 2002 was presented to Dr. Carol Ann Peterson. This is the highest award granted by ATRA. The Outstanding Professional Award was presented to John Jacobson. The Frank N. Brasile Clinician of the Year Award was presented to Dawn Devries, along with a monetary award by the American Therapeutic Recreation Foundation (ATRF) for creative and innovative programming in a clinical setting. The Member of the Year Award was presented to Pam Wilson for significant efforts in the areas of Advocacy and Public Policy. The Scholarly Achievement Award was presented to Youngkhill Lee to recognize scholarly contributions to the field of therapeutic recreation. The Individual Citation was presented to Dan Roman for his work volunteering with special baseball clinics. The Organization or Institution Award was presented to Shane Playgrounds, for their efforts in supporting and promoting therapeutic recreation. The Excellence in Education Award was presented to Slippery Rock University. ATRA Certificates of Recognition were presented to Amy Mascole-Demay, Rachel West, Kim Clarke, Dina Trunzo, Donna Sears, Lyn Blank, Chris Meneses, Beverly Hairfield, Karen Tomasello, Alee Karpf, Richard Vroman, Marcia Shalek, Sienna Boothman, Keith Savell, Suzanne Fitzsimmons, Betsy Kennedy. Presidential awards were given to Patty Thomas, Robert Riley and Jerry Dickason.


ICORD Provides Funding for Spinal Cord Injury Community Integration Research
submitted by Mary Clark, Recreation Therapist

(September 7, 2002) Anyone interested in Spinal cord injury community integration research. "ICORD" has identified this area as a focus to fund in 2003. More information is available on the icord website at

There is quite a substantial amount of available dollars!


Recreational Therapist Receives National Scholarship Award
Aug. 2, 2002

Contact: Ann D Huston MPA, CTRS
(703) 683-9420

(Alexandria, VA) Chris Meneses, recreational therapist and current ATRA member was recently awarded the Emerging Scholars in Gerontology Award from the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). This very competitive national grant for Emerging Minority Scholars is funded through the Gerontological Society of America. A $5,000 scholarship is awarded to minority scholars in the field of gerontology to be spent to enrich his/her research career, mentorship opportunities with nationally known researchers, conferences, books, and travel over the next two years. Only five Emerging Scholars grants were awarded nationwide by AGHE.

Meneses plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast University’s Gerontology and Recreational Therapy Program this fall via Distance learning. FGCU faculty Dr. Linda Buettner stated, “It is very exciting! I am extremely proud that we will have a national scholar of her caliber in our program.”

Meneses, who is currently employed as a credentialing specialist with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) stated, “I am very excited about learning and developing my education at FGCU with Linda Buettner. The combination of the resources provided by AGHE and Linda will surely make me a better student and Recreational Therapist.” Meneses has been actively involved in ATRA’s Gerontology Treatment Network and assisted with the development of ATRA’s Dementia Practice Guidelines for Recreational Therapists.


Annual Conference of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association
August 1, 2002

The 2002 Annual Conference of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association will be September 19 – 23, 2002, in Keystone Resort, Colorado. This year’s theme is: “Taking the Profession to New Heights” reflects the dynamic nature of the conference. Recreation Therapists from across the country are expected to come experience a peaceful, alpine village setting. ATRA is also expecting several international members to attend the conference.

Known for it’s beautiful mountains, quaint shops and championship golf courses, Colorado is the perfect place for recreational therapists to get an “altitude” change and learn about the latest advancements in the field of therapeutic recreation. Four pre-conference institutes are scheduled on a variety of topics including Quality Monitoring and Compliance in Long Term Care, Reaching New Heights Through Wellness, Golf for the Physically Challenged and Leisure Education using Computer based technology. The conference will also host a Higher Education Institute, a Research Institute and a Research Poster Session. The keynote speaker is Katy Tartakoff, founder of the Children’s Legacy, providing opportunities for children and families faced with life-threatening illnesses to celebrate their lives with photography, art and writing.

The conference program includes a Student Institute and an Internship Institute, and over 90 educational sessions on a broad range of topics with assessment, aquatics, team building, public policy, diversity, and research to name but a few.


September 19-23, 2002

"Taking the Profession to New Heights!" At the ATRA Annual Conference Keystone Resort - Colorado Back by Popular Demand!!! The ATRA Annual Conference will feature a poster session as part of the opening night reception!

The purpose of the poster session is to provide a venue to showcase research in TR. Possible topics are program evaluation data, new or innovative programs using the TR process, creative teaching techniques, case studies or other information relevant to therapeutic recreation, which might not be suitable for a session presentation or the Research Institute. Posters will be displayed in the Exhibit Hall during the opening night reception and throughout the time the Exhibit Hall is open to receive maximum attention.

Presenters are requested to stand beside their poster to answer questions during both of the Friday breaks, September 20, 10-10:30 AM and 3:30-4:00 PM. Doctoral and Masters Degree students are particularly encouraged to display their work involving research in progress, dissertation or thesis proposals, master's projects or other creative work of interest to the field. This is an excellent forum to test ideas, gain feedback and expand your vita! Information contained on the poster may be submitted in a 1-3 page abstract format in the proceedings of the Research Institute that will be distributed free to contributors and made available for sale to conference participants.

POSTER FORMAT: Posters may be any size up to 36 by 60 inches or 3 x 5 feet.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSAL FOR POSTERS: Proposal information must be postmarked or faxed by midnight May 10, 2002. Late proposals may be accepted but abstracts may not be in the proceedings of the Research Institute. TO SUBMIT A POSTER PROPOSAL: To submit a poster proposal complete the following information and submit it before the May 10th deadline.

Author name:___________________________________ E-mail_______________________ Title:_________________________________ Affiliation:______________________________

Author name:___________________________________ E-mail_______________________ Title:_________________________________ Affiliation:______________________________

Author name:___________________________________ E-mail_______________________ Title:_________________________________ Affiliation:______________________________

TITLE OF POSTER:_______________________________________

Description Of Poster Content:______________________________________________

ABSTRACT: I (we) have ____, have not_____ submitted an abstract for inclusion in the proceedings of the Research Institute.

SUBMIT 3 COPIES of proposal to: ATRA Poster Session 2002 Dept. of Rec. Management & Youth Leadership Brigham Young University 273 Richards Bldg. Provo, Utah 84602 FAX: (801) 378-7461

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Dan Ferguson Dept. of HPER Pittsburg State University 243 Weede P.E. Pittsburg, KS 66762-7557 Dr. Ramon Zabriskie Dept. of RMYL Brigham Young University Building 273 Richards Building Provo, Utah 84602


April 5, 2002

Contact: Ann D Huston MPA, CTRS
(703) 683-9420

Local Resident Receives Professional Recognition Award

(Bloomington, IN.) Dr. David Austin, local Bloomington resident recently received special recognition at the American Therapeutic Recreation Association Mid-Year Professional Issues Forum held March 24-27, 2002 in Indianapolis. Dr. Austin was the first ever recipient of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association Advocacy Award.

David Austin, Ph.D., CTRS, FALS of the Indiana University was chosen for this recognition for his exceptional contributions in advocating for recreational therapy. Dr. Austin, a past president of ATRA, is the author of three widely used textbooks in the field. He was instrumental in the Recreation Therapy Video Project (RTV Project), a federally sponsored initiative that produced 20 educational videos for use in university professional preparation programs. He has been a leader in the field of recreational therapy for almost forty years, and has long history of public, federal and state advocacy on behalf of the profession and the many consumers of recreational therapy services. In addition Dr. Austin is a leader in advocating for the needs of higher education, advancing the field internationally, encouraging and supporting students, and continued dedication and involvement in professional organizations.

In addition to receiving the award, ATRA has established an Advocate Award fund in Dr. Austin's name, for those individuals who have been personally touched by Dr. Austin's leadership to have an opportunity to recognize his contributions to the profession by making contributions to this fund.


2002 ATRA Peg Connolly Scholarship Application Deadline Extended

(4-8-02) Due to spring break conflicts for many students, ATRA has extended the deadline for applications for the 2002 ATRA Peg Connolly Student Scholarships. This is a working scholarship for the ATRA 2002 Annual Conference being held in Keystone, Colorado.

We have extended the deadline to April 17, 2002.

We will not be accepting any application with a postmarked date after April 17, 2002. Applicants will be notified in writing upon receipt of the completed application. Scholarships will be awarded at the end of May and all students that apply will be notified in writing of the final decisions on the scholarship recipients.

Interested applicants can visit the ATRA web
site for instructions on applying for the scholarship and for contact information.

Beth Hunt, CTRS
ATRA P.C. Scholarship Coordinator
New Hampshire Hospital
36 Clinton Street
Concord , NH 03301



KNR 477
Professional Issues in Therapeutic Recreation
Fall 2002

(45 points toward NCTRC Re-Certification)

Independent, Self-paced On-line Course

Starts August 19, 2002
Ends December 5, 2002

Taught by:
Norma J. Stumbo, Ph.D., CTRS
Professor, Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois, USA

Sample Topics Include:
Philosophy, Models of Practice, National Standards, JCAHO and CARF Standards, Financing of Services, Protocols/Clinical Guidelines, Client Assessment, Standardization of Practice, Accountability, Health Care and Social Services, Client Outcomes, Research, Status of higher Education, Standardization of Curriculum International TR Services
Trends and the Future

For More Information, Contact: Barb Arbogast
(309) 438-5608 or



(3-14-02) The Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation has announced that it is the recipient of a $30,000 grant from The United States Golf Association (USGA) Foundation for the development of a new adaptive golf program at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw. The objective of the program is to promote golf as a rewarding and satisfying leisure activity for patients and community members with disabilities. The new program will be known as "GolfAbility."

The grant provides funds for the construction of a 1300 square foot putting green with six cups, three netted tee areas and adaptive golf equipment, including clubs and single-rider carts. A single-rider cart is a specially equipped golf cart which allows a golfer to play seated or standing, directly from the cart, and can be driven right on to the green. The grant will also pay for a PGA or LPGA pro to run adaptive golf workshops. In addition to the workshops, hospital staff will use GolfAbility as a therapeutic tool with appropriate patients, including individuals with cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular disorders, stroke, arthritis, and other disabilities.

Construction is slated to begin in April, with a ribbon cutting ceremony tentatively planned for May. A preliminary schedule calls for six workshops to be held between May and September. Workshops will take place on Friday afternoons.

The program will be marketed throughout the greater New York metropolitan region. "We have already received an incredible amount of interest in GolfAbility," explains Bert Rappaport, Director of Therapeutic Recreation at Helen Hayes Hospital. "A long-term goal is to have accessible public courses throughout the tri-state area, complete with single-rider carts and adaptive clubs that could be 'rented' by persons with disabilities - many of whom might have attended GolfAbility workshops."

"Milton Herman, the Chairman of the HHH Foundation Board, spearheaded the concept for the program," explains Lauren Malone, Director of Development. "Milt is an avid golfer and uses a single-rider cart and adaptive equipment to compensate for his disability. He was enthusiastic that others would want to pursue golf or continue playing after experiencing a disability." Ms. Malone explains that the Foundation is currently seeking other organizations to become involved with the program through sponsorship of equipment, training and education.

For additional information on GolfAbility, including registration for future workshops or sponsorship opportunities, please call Bert Rappaport at 845-786-4113.


Need those last few CEU's to Re-certify?

(3-13-02) For those of you who have procrastinated or miscounted somewhere along the way and you are just a few CEP's short of your 50 contact hours, there is an answer. The ATRA Academy is pleased to announce the 2002 Teleconference Schedule.

Series A Innovative Approaches in Recreation Therapy Practice (Feb-April)
Series B Prospective Payment System (PPS) 2002 (April-June)
Series C Advancing your Scope of Service in Mental Health Settings (May-July)
Series D: Enhancing your practice in the long term care setting (July-September)
Series E Strengthening Your Skills in Supervision (August-October)
Series F: Keeping Current with the National Health Care Trends (Oct-Dec)

Each Teleconference is 60 minutes in length allowing you to earn .1 CEU’s. Teleconferences are a great way to keep current in your practice, with the convenience of participating from your job site or home. For details or to register, visit <>

The ATRA Annual also offers a unique way to stay current in research and practice issues in the TR field while providing an opportunity to earn some valuable continuing education points needed for re-certification. ATRA Annuals that offer this special feature are Volume 7, and Volume 8, Volume 9 and Volume 10 (now available online at <>), so you can increase your contact hours quickly. Limited copies of past ATRA's Annuals are available for sale through the ATRA office. Contact the ATRA office @ (703) 683-9420, or <> for more information. The ATRA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the availability of the ATRA Annual in TR on the ATRA web site. This new membership service is designed to allow greater accessibility by fully utilizing ever-evolving technology. The Annual in TR, Volume 10 is easily accessible by clicking on the Continuing Education or Bookstore links. You may contact the ATRA National Office or refer to the web site to subscribe to future print journals.


Alzheimer's experts coming to Charlotte

(02/18/02) A group of national experts on Alzheimer's disease are coming to Charlotte County for a meeting that could affect how dementia is treated nationwide.

The 15 recreation therapists -- all representing the American Therapeutic Recreation Association -- will meet at different locations throughout the area this weekend, including Port Charlotte, Boca Grande and Fort Myers. Recreation therapists employ physical activity as a treatment method.

Port Charlotte resident Dr. Linda Buettner pushed for the meeting to happen in Charlotte, which has the highest median age -- 53.4 -- in the country among counties with populations above 100,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau..... > more



Alzheimer's victims put hope in new research

(02/18/02) Rec therapy may improve symptoms, doctor says

....(Dr. Linda) Buettner, director of Florida Gulf Coast University's Center for Positive Aging, is conducting a three-year study on the effects of recreation therapy on Alzheimer's patients that just entered its second year.

Recreation therapists try to rehabilitate people with disabling conditions through recreational activities that engage their physical, mental and social skills, like playing games, walking and painting.

"We've tested a lot of interventions," Buettner said. "And I think one of the most successful has been that singing fish you see on TV. They just really enjoy it."

Buettner has spent most of her career as a rec therapist working with older people, particularly those with dementia, a condition that impairs brain function and can escalate into Alzheimer's disease.

Buettner said rec therapy can't cure Alzheimer's, but it has been shown to improve some of the behavioral changes that accompany the disease.

Research has shown rec therapy can enhance strength, flexibility and moods of Alzheimer's patients. They require less medication and have fewer falls and injuries. Therapy can also reduce depression and improve sleep, while increasing socialization and helping subjects maintain their skills longer, according to Buettner...... > more


Paralympic Winter Games

(2-18-02) The Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Paralympic Winter Games of 2002 (SLOC) and the United States Olympic Committee have secured a television package with the A&E Network (A&E) which will include ground-breaking domestic television coverage of the Salt Lake 2002 Paralympic Winter Games. Programming will include the comprehensive packages of highlight sports competitions shown on A&E.

These being the first Paralympic Winter Games on U.S. soil and coupling a television package of this magnitude with the comprehensive Internet capabilities of will provide sponsors the opportunity to reach a captive audience of sports fans during a historical moment for the Paralympic Winter Games.

The Paralympic Winter Games will be held March 7 - 16, 2002.

Schedule As Of 2/18/02 -

March 7; 7:30 p.m.-Opening Ceremonies-Rice-Ecker Olympic Stadium

March 8; 9:00 am - 11:00 a.m. - USA vs. Japan-E-Center
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.-Women's Downhill-Snowbasin Ski Area

March 9; 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.-USA vs. Canada-E-Center (Already SOLD OUT!)

March 11; 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.-USA vs. Norway -- E-Center
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.-Women's Super G-Snowbasin Ski Area

March 12; 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.-USA vs. Sweden-E-Center

March 14; 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.-Women's Giant Slalom 1st Run- Snowbasin Ski Area
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.-USA vs. Estonia-E-Center
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.-Women's Giant Slalom 2nd Run-Snowbasin Ski Area

March 15; 1:00 p.m.-Play off 5th vs. 6th-E-Center
3:00 p.m.-Bronze Medal Game-E-Center
7:00 p.m.-Gold Medal Game-E-Center

March 16; 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.-Women's Slalom 1st run-Snowbasin Ski Area
1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.-Women's Slalom 2nd run-Snowbasin Ski Area
7:30 p.m.-Closing Ceremonies-Olympic Medals Plaza

For more information on the Paralympic Winter Games or to purchase tickets, visit or call 1-800-Tickets (individual tickets). Information on group ticket purchases of 20 or more, or if you are interested in donating Paralympic tickets, call (801) 212-2437 or send an e-mail to


Rikki Epstien Steps Down as Executive Director of NTRS

(2-11-02) Rikki Epstein announces her resignation as Executive Director of NTRS effective Februrary 21, 2002. The NTRS web site can be reached at


TR Research Study

(Posted 2-5-02) Are you a male recreational therapist? If so, we would like to offer you a unique opportunity to contribute to a significant research study that will help thousands of people make more informed choices about their careers.
This unique opportunity exists because Stanford University Press, in collaboration with Consulting Psychologists Press, is revising the Strong Interest Inventory®, the most respected and widely used career counseling tool in the world. The Strong Interest Inventory® compares a person's interests with the interests of people who are successfully employed in a wide variety of occupations. In order to maintain the scientific soundness of the Strong Interest Inventory®, we regularly update it to reflect changes in occupations and in our society.

After going through a significant data collection effort with people from many occupations, we have fallen short on the number of male recreational therapists that we need for our analyses, and we are turning to you to make sure that your occupation is represented in this special research.

As our thank you for your participation, you will receive your personal results in a complimentary career report. Your career report will be based on your individual responses and customized to reflect your current occupation. In addition, if you complete the assessment online, you may register for a 1 in 20 (5%) chance to win a $100 lottery.

Participation in this project will take approximately one hour of your time but will help thousands of individuals make more successful career choices. Your individual responses will be confidential, and we will not attempt to sell you anything. The information you provide will be used to create statistical summaries across large groups of respondents.

You may complete the questionnaire online at

If you prefer a paper version of the questionnaire or have any questions regarding the study, please email

Influence of leisure activity on the incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease
N. Scarmeas, MD, G. Levy, MD, M.-X. Tang, PhD, J. Manly, PhD and Y. Stern, PhD
From the Cognitive Neuroscience Division of the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center (Drs. Levy, Tang, Manly, and Stern), the Department of Neurology (Drs. Scarmeas, Manly, and Stern) and Psychiatry (Dr. Stern), the Taub Institute for Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain (Drs. Scarmeas, Tang, and Stern), and the Division of Biostatistics (Dr. Tang) in the School of Public Health, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY.

(Posted 2-4-02) Address correspondence and reprint requests to Yaakov Stern, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center, 630 West 168th Street, New York, NY, 10032; e-mail:

Objective: To determine whether leisure activities modify the risk for incident dementia.

Background: Although high educational and occupational attainments have been associated with reduced risk of incident dementia, the relation between leisure activities and dementia risk has not been adequately investigated.

Methods: A total of 1,772 nondemented individuals aged 65 years or older, living in northern Manhattan, New York, were identified and followed longitudinally in a community-based cohort incidence study. Subjects’ leisure activities at baseline were assessed, annual examinations with the same standardized neurologic and neuropsychological measures were performed for up to 7 years (mean 2.9 years), and incident dementia was assessed as the main outcome measure. Cox proportional hazards models, adjusting for age, ethnic group, education, and occupation, were used to estimate the relative risk (RR) of incident dementia associated with high leisure activities.

Results: Of the 1,772 subjects, 207 became demented. The risk of dementia was decreased in subjects with high leisure activities (RR, 0.62; 95% CI 0.46 to 0.83). The association of high leisure with decreased RR of incident dementia was present even when baseline cognitive performance, health limitations interfering with desired leisure activities, cerebrovascular disease, and depression were considered.

Conclusions: The data suggest that engagement in leisure activities may reduce the risk of incident dementia, possibly by providing a reserve that delays the onset of clinical manifestations of the disease.

Full text of this study can be purchased at


ATRF Research Grant

The American Therapeutic Recreation Foundation (ATRF) is dedicated to advancing the field of therapeutic recreation and improving the quality of therapeutic recreation services through the sponsorship of efficacy research grants. For the tenth year, ATRF is proud to announce the availability of funding through the Bernard E. Thorn Efficacy Research Fund. Interested applicants should submit a one to two-page letter of intent to ATRF postmarked by March 1, 2002. The letter of intent should include a definition of the problem and the impact on the profession, the intervention to be studied, setting for the research, proposed methods, and budget requirements.

Individuals seeking research awards must be current members of ATRA. Priority consideration will be given to collaborative efficacy research based in practice settings. Graduate students completing a thesis or dissertation in therapeutic recreation are encouraged to apply. Current ATRF Trustees and ATRA Board Members are ineligible.

Priority consideration will be given to efficacy research projects related to topics:
· that provide evidence as to the effectiveness of recreation therapy interventions, and
· that examine outcomes and cost effectiveness of recreation therapy protocols.

Available Funding
Awards from the Bernard E. Thorn Efficacy Research Fund will be for up to $1500 for a one year period. The number and amount of individual awards will be contingent upon the number of requests and merit of the proposals. No indirect money will be paid by the foundation.

Letters of intent are to be sent to Dan Johnson Ph.D., UNC-Wilmington, Dept. of HPER, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5956. The letters of intent will be reviewed by an independent review panel who will invite full proposals based on their review. The application packet and detailed guidelines will be provided to invitees by April 1, 2002. Full proposals will be due May 15, 2002. The panel will review full proposals and recommend funding to the ATRF Board of Trustees by June 30, 2002. For further information contact Dan Johnson at (910) 962-3659; email:




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