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College students to visit Reed's Landing

SPRINGFIELD -- On Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m., 38 students who are studying occupational therapy at Springfield College will visit assisted living residents at Reeds Landing. The students will be conducting range of motion (ROM) testing on the residents. A number of everyday tasks that we take for granted require a functional range of motion. Taking a shower, washing your hair and dressing require a functional range of motion of your shoulders, elbows, forearms, hands and hips. To walk requires adequate hip, knee and foot flexion; and to move your head in different directions, you must have functional cervical ROM. Seniors often experience a decrease in ROM as a result of pain, stiffness and swelling. They may acquire ways of compensating, which may lead to pain, poor posture, unsteady gait and improper balance. The students will also learn how to interview the resident, describe what exercise they would like the resident to perform, measure their results and explain what the importance of the exercise is to the resident. This program and many others are an example of the strategic partnership between Springfield College and Reeds Landing. Reeds Landing is a member of the Loomis Communities and offers independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care. Located on 24 acres in Springfield, Reeds Landing is committed to the Loomis Communities mission of enriching the lives of seniors by providing a continuum of high quality services which promote independence and meet the changing needs of people throughout the aging process. For more information, visit www.LoomisCommunities.org.

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