THE ABILITIES EXPO is in Singapore! The event is aimed for the community of persons with disabilities, and their caregivers.
So assignments and exams aside, I managed to squeeze time to attend this morning events with a group of friends.
There was a workshop on Aging in Place by Teresa Plummer, an Occupational Therapy assistant professor from Belmont University (USA). She was kind to share with the audience practical tips on how to modify both social and physical environments to support independent living in the elderly population. The modifications took into consideration cognitive issues in seniors as well as those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia, seniors with sight issues, and those requiring assistance in wheelchairs. Special considerations were given in the context of falls prevention. Dr. Teresa also shared interesting insights into the disability trends and policies available in the USA as part of promoting accessibility and independent living amongst persons with disabilities and/or the elderly.
The rest of the time I spent walking around the exhibition hall… many of which were exhibition space showcasing modified home environments and assistive technologies. The open arena featured many adaptive and inclusive sports. It was also heartwarming to note that local occupational therapists are involved in presenting public seminars as well. Some interesting sights:
The Abilities Expo Singapore will continue for another day tomorrow with free seminars and the sports carnival running, from 10am to 6pm at The Singapore Expo (Hall 2). Click here for a list of events.
Click here for the main webpage of Abilities Expo… they are moving across different states in the USA in the upcoming weeks, so do catch it!