The Chester Lioness Club will meet on May 1st 2014 at 6:30 PM in the Lamplighter Restaurant, 190 West Main St. Chester, NJ 07930. This evening the program will address “Cognitive Fitness”, presented by Douglas Downs OT.
Cognitive fitness deals with how to remain sharp cognitively as we age and deals specifically with memory and memory loss.
Douglas Downs, has been an Occupational Therapist for almost 19 years. He has an MA Degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University and has worked the majority of his career at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation having worked both in patient and out patient during his career. Most of his work is with individuals who have suffered strokes, brain injuries or a variety of neurological issues such as MS or brain cancer. He is part of the interdisciplinary team under the Cognitive Rehabilitation Program (CRP) and performs vision therapy for those who have suffered vision changes after stroke and brain injury. He is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS).
Occupational therapy is a health profession whose goal is to help people achieve independence, meaning and satisfaction in all aspects of their lives. Occupational therapists apply their specific knowledge to enable people to engage in activities of daily living that have personal meaning and value. They develop, improve, sustain, or restore independence to any person who has an injury, illness, disability or psychological dysfunction. They consult with the person and the family or caregivers and, through evaluation and treatment, promote the client’s capacity to participate in satisfying daily activities .They also address by intervention the person’s capacity to perform, the activity being performed, or the environment in which it is performed. The occupational therapist’s goal is to provide the client with skills for the job of living – those necessary to function in the community or in the client’s chosen environment.
Community residents are invited to attend this program by registration only. For further information about the Chester Lioness Club, or to register to attend this program, call Holly Simmenroth at 908-879-5932.