Final Day to Order a Valentine’s Day Tray from the Staff Development Committee

Thursday, Feb. 7, is the final day to order your Valentine’s Day tray from the Staff Development Committee.

This year, we have included an order option for gluten-free/diabetic friendly treats as well! You will need to order a separate tray if you would like this option.

Have a coworker who always goes the extra mile? Want to do something sweet for your staff? Do you want to give your sweetheart at home a variety home-baked treats instead of a standard box of chocolates? The Staff Development Committee is here to help and will do the baking for you!

We are offering small, medium and large trays. Small trays are $6 and are good for an individual or 2-3 people. Medium trays are $12 and will serve up to 10 people. Large trays are $24. They are twice the size for medium trays and should serve up to 20 people. The gluten-free/diabetic-friendly trays will be the size of a small tray, and will cost $12. This cost is to accommodate the higher cost for the ingredients needed!

Place your order using the form provided at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvS0l4JmC9pgmTaxb5BiHeljrOKFOjltziIUuGKrjHqS661Q/viewform?usp=sf_link or contact Andi Savage at asavage@brenau.edu or Angie Graham at agraham2@brenau.edu, if you have any questions.

Reminder: Place your SDC Valentine’s Day Bake Sale Order by Feb. 7

The Staff Development Committee is accepting orders for Valentine’s Day Trays by Thursday, Feb. 7.

This year, we have included an order option for gluten-free/diabetic friendly treats as well! You will need to order a separate tray if you would like this option.

Have a coworker who always goes the extra mile? Want to do something sweet for your staff? Do you want to give your sweetheart at home a variety home-baked treats instead of a standard box of chocolates? The Staff Development Committee is here to help and will do the baking for you!

We are offering small, medium and large trays. Small trays are $6 and are good for an individual or 2-3 people. Medium trays are $12 and will serve up to 10 people. Large trays are $24. They are twice the size for medium trays and should serve up to 20 people. The gluten-free/diabetic-friendly trays will be the size of a small tray, and will cost $12. This cost is to accommodate the higher cost for the ingredients needed!

Place your order using the form provided at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvS0l4JmC9pgmTaxb5BiHeljrOKFOjltziIUuGKrjHqS661Q/viewform?usp=sf_link or contact Andi Savage at asavage@brenau.edu or Angie Graham at agraham2@brenau.edu, if you have any questions.

Beyond Dementia Coalition in partnership with NGHS, Feb. 12

Join Brenau’s Department of Physical Therapy and School of Occupational Therapy for an educational event about how faith communities can support
people with dementia and their caregivers in partnership with Northeast Georgia Health System.

From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Brenau Downtown Center, the Brenau OT and PT will partner with the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Hospice, Gardens of Gainesville and Legacy Link to provide conversation and education about dementia care and interaction with family members and loved ones for members of all faith communities.

Please see the Beyond Dementia flyer (PDF) for more information. Also, enjoy this short video explaining the importance of this amazing event.

Please register at www.nghs.com/hospice-events.

Condolences to Irma Alvarado and Family

Ricarda Hernandez Alvarado, 88, mother of Irma Alvarado, professor of occupational therapy, passed away in her home in Hitchcock, Texas on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Ricarda Alvarado was born on February 7, 1930, in Cañada Verde, San Luis Potosi, Mexico and came to the United States in 1955 in Texas where she lived until her death.

You can read the full obituary the  website for Carnes Funeral Home.

Place Your Valentine’s Day Bake Sale Orders Now

The Staff Development Committee is accepting orders for Valentine’s Day Trays by Thursday, Feb. 7.

This year, we have included an order option for gluten-free/diabetic friendly treats as well! You will need to order a separate tray if you would like this option.

Have a coworker who always goes the extra mile? Want to do something sweet for your staff? Do you want to give your sweetheart at home a variety home-baked treats instead of a standard box of chocolates? The Staff Development Committee is here to help and will do the baking for you!

We are offering small, medium and large trays. Small trays are $6 and are good for an individual or 2-3 people. Medium trays are $12 and will serve up to 10 people. Large trays are $24. They are twice the size for medium trays and should serve up to 20 people. The gluten-free/diabetic-friendly trays will be the size of a small tray, and will cost $12. This cost is to accommodate the higher cost for the ingredients needed!

Place your order using the form provided at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvS0l4JmC9pgmTaxb5BiHeljrOKFOjltziIUuGKrjHqS661Q/viewform?usp=sf_link or contact Andi Savage at asavage@brenau.edu or Angie Graham at agraham2@brenau.edu, if you have any questions.

OT calls for volunteer babies for pediatric baby lab

This semester, the School of Occupational Therapy is doing “the baby lab” as an informal interprofessional education event with physical therapy students at the Brenau Downtown Center.

Laura Carpenter, assistant professor of occupational therapy, is seeking babies who are up to 1 year old to come from either 9-10 a.m. or 10-11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, with their caregiver and demonstrate their reflexes and movement skills in small groups with the students.

Email Carpenter at lcarpenter@brenau.edu if you or anyone you know can attend — you’re welcome to share her email address with friends at church, neighbors, etc. who might be available. Babies will receive a gift card for participating.

Also, let Carpenter know if any faculty are interested in volunteering to help by floating among groups to answer students’ questions and generally control the chaos. Feel free to email with any questions.

2019 Boyt Schell Visiting Scholar: Dr. Kristine Haertl

Dr. Kristine Haertl, professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University, will present as the first speaker in the Boyt Schell Visiting Scholar Series at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Downtown Center Theatre on the Square.

Haertl will present “The Therapeutic Dance: Creating Healthy Client Practitioner Relationships.” She is active in research related to peer-supported mental health housing models, writing in the development of the self, and the lived experience of autism spectrum disorder. Her research in these areas have lead to legislative changes regarding evidence-based mental health practice in her home state of Minnesota. She is the co-founder and co-chair of Occupational Therapy for the Advancement of Minnesota Mental Health Services and also maintains her own private practice that serves individuals with psychiatric disorders and developmental disabilities.

The presentation is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception. For specific details and full bio, please see the attached flyer (PDF).

Carol Eggerding Retires from School of Occupational Therapy after 8 Years of Service

Carol Eggerding stands with OT Staff, Andi Savage, Brittany Clements, and Summer Redmon (from left)

Carol Eggerding stands with OT Staff, Andi Savage, Brittany Clements, and Summer Redmon (from left)

The School of Occupational Therapy celebrated Operations Manager Carol Eggerding at their holiday retreat in December. Eggerding (pictured with Andi Savage, Brittany Clements and Summer Redmon) retired at the end of the fall 2018 semester after eight years of service to Brenau.

Health Sciences Interprofessional Education Event

Students attend Ivester College of Health Sciences Interprofessional Education Event

On Friday, Oct. 26, the Ivester College of Health Sciences hosted its fourth annual student Interprofessional Education event at the Brenau Downtown Center. The purpose of the event is to educate students about the importance of teamwork in different health care professions. Over 200 students and faculty members attended from the Ivester College of Health Sciences occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, family nurse practitioner, clinical counseling psychology and applied gerontology programs.

Faculty and students from the Brenau College of Fine Arts & Humanities and the University of Georgia School of Social Work also participated along with health care professionals from the Gainesville community.

During the event, students discussed a case within their interprofessional teams guided by faculty facilitators. The goal was to learn about the various professions and the contributions of each discipline to the patient’s care. New to the event this year, student representatives from each discipline served on a committee to plan an interactive activity. Student teams at each table developed a word cloud representing the meaning of interprofessional practice. The student committee members also served on a panel to answer questions about the morning’s activities and ways to continue developing competencies for interprofessional practice.

This event is an important step for students to gain knowledge and skills for successful collaboration on health care teams.

Second Annual Fall Prevention Expo Draws Nearly 200 Community Members

Fall Prevention Expo

Fall Prevention Expo

Fall Prevention Expo
Fall Prevention Expo

Among older Americans, falls are the No. 1 cause of injury and death from injury; not only that, but falls increase with age, according to the CDC.

The cost of falls is staggering; the CDC reported the total medical costs for falls surpassed $50 billion in 2015. Fall injuries are within the top 20 most expensive medical injuries and the cost increases with age.

To respond to these startling statistics, Brenau University, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging hosted the second annual Fall Prevention Expo in the Hall County area on Friday, Sept. 21.

A core planning subgroup of the Gainesville-area Fall Prevention Coalition recruited volunteer professionals in order to provide select health screenings, exercise and fall recovery demonstrations, and consultation to older adults in the Hall County area during the event. The Medical Center Auxiliary at Northeast Georgia Medical Center sponsored the event providing promotions, breakfast, lunch and snacks for all participants and volunteers, as well as door prizes and giveaways. Walgreens partnered with the event to provide flu shots.

Brenau faculty from the Ivester College of Health Sciences, professionals from the Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging, and a variety of health professionals from Northeast Georgia Medical Center provided fall-related information, education, and screenings to the 197 community participants. Gainesville Parks and Recreation provided the Civic Center for this event.

Other organizations assisting included the Hall County EMS, Hall County Library, Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Service, Georgia Mountains YMCA, and Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.