Occupational Therapy
Study: Boredom takes toll mentally and physically

Study: Boredom takes toll mentally and physically

Boredom comes and goes for us all – especially as we have isolated ourselves from one another for weeks now. But for those facing homelessness, profound boredom has been a way of life that can lead to poor mental health, drug use and even suicide, according to a Western study.

Isolation reshapes how kids play, stay active

Isolation reshapes how kids play, stay active

This indefinite span of COVID-19 isolation can be more than a month-long stretch on the couch for kids if parents and guardians are willing to lead the way, according to Western experts in children’s physical activity.

Promoting outdoor activity for kids all year round

Promoting outdoor activity for kids all year round

Given the climate in much of Canada, cold, wet or snowy conditions are inescapable for many months of the year. And like it or not, weather and seasonality are a barrier to Canadian children engaging in physical activity. Consequently, we need to find a way to help children (as well as parents and educators) embrace the outdoors and stay active all year round.

Senior independent living at centre of research

Senior independent living at centre of research

Seniors across Ontario may soon be building healthier lives and stronger communities right at home, thanks to the efforts of Western researchers and colleagues across the province focused on helping seniors live independently as long as possible.

Research looks to get kids up and running

Research looks to get kids up and running

Rethinking how kids go about their day care days, as well as empowering those charged with caring and educating them, may go a long way toward getting kids much-needed physical activity, according to a Western researcher.

Only one ‘Let Down’ in these picks

Only one ‘Let Down’ in these picks

Experience a bit of seasonal storytelling, and at least one major ‘Let Down,’ when Occupational Therapy professor Carri Hand takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

Study turns attention to rural homelessness

Study turns attention to rural homelessness

Homeless individuals in rural areas are offered few options when it comes to assistance in their communities, frequently forcing them into urban centres in search of help. Stopping that flow, however, may create better outcomes for all involved, according to recent Western study.

Miller reappointed as Vice-Provost (SGPS)

Miller reappointed as Vice-Provost (SGPS)

Linda Miller has been re-appointed as Vice-Provost (School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies) for a three-year term, through June 30, 2022, the Board of Governors announced today.

Western celebrates top teaching talent

Western celebrates top teaching talent

Eighteen winners, representing five different faculties, have been awarded Western’s highest honours for inspiring active and deep learning. This year’s winners join a company of teachers nearly a quarter-century strong.

Seniors shaping the way we live, cities grow

Seniors shaping the way we live, cities grow

Senior citizens are shaping the way neighbourhoods evolve and grow, all in the name of maintaining deeper connections to their communities as they age, according to one Western researcher’s work inside a pair of London neighbourhoods. “We were looking at how the...

Teams rise up to the Challenge

Teams rise up to the Challenge

The World’s Challenge Challenge, a staple of Western’s International Week, sees more than 30 student teams in competition, presenting a unique solution to a global challenge, in front of a panel of judges.

Health Sciences takes wheel with Driving Rehab program

Health Sciences takes wheel with Driving Rehab program

With Baby Boomers comprising the majority of drivers on the road today, a new Master of Clinical Science (MClSc) in Driving Rehabilitation Therapy will become essential training, according to program organizers. “Drivers are getting older. Coming with being older –...

2013 Distinguished University Professorship

In the fields of medicine and law, Western’s latest Distinguished University Professorship (DUP) winners emulate the motivation behind why the award was created. In honouring faculty who have built a record of excellence in the areas of teaching, research and service over a substantial career at Western, this year’s recipients receive an award of $10,000 to support their scholarly activities and will deliver a public lecture at a future date. This year’s DUP winners are: