Sarah Yemane, OTD, Ed.M
Thomas Jefferson University
Sarah Yemane, OTD, Ed.M., is a recent graduate of the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program at Thomas Jefferson University. Sarah worked in nonprofit management for over twelve years before pursuing a career change to occupational therapy. During her time at Thomas Jefferson University, Sarah actively participated in Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice & Education (JCIPE) opportunities including the Jefferson Student Interprofessional Complex Care Collaborative (J-SICCC), formerly known as Student Hotspotting. Sarah completed her doctoral capstone and research at the Jefferson Center for Healthy Aging. Sarah’s research interests include occupational therapy’s role in primary care with a focus on caregiver support.
Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
This Lightning Talk will describe and introduce a pilot research study using the Liberating Loneliness Program, a novel occupational therapy (OT) intervention, to address loneliness and chronic disease management among older adults in the primary care setting. The primary care setting is often fast-paced and requires the expertise and coordination of multiple professionals to provide the best quality of care. In addition, loneliness is a complex condition to address, as each person’s situation is unique. This intervention takes a holistic approach and requires building a relationship between…
Supporting Caregivers of Older Adults Managing Chronic Conditions Using an Occupational Therapy Approach
The Lightning Talk will focus on my occupational therapy doctoral capstone research conducted at the Jefferson Center for Healthy Aging, a geriatric primary care clinic in Philadelphia. The project aimed to reduce caregiver burden and increase caregiver self-efficacy by utilizing Skills2Care- Primary Care, a modified version of the evidence-based practice Skills2Care. Skills2Care is a non-pharmacologic occupational therapy intervention for caregivers of individuals with dementia. The study explores the novel approach of utilizing Skills2Care for an expanded sample of caregivers of patients…