OT Insights: Hutchinson–Gilford Progeria Syndrome

published 1 month ago by Dr. Frederick B. Covington

As occupational therapists, it is always useful for us to look at uncommon scenarios, conditions, and diagnosis, and think about how we would provide intervention. This keeps our O.T. minds sharp and creative. Today we take a look at Hutchinson–Gilford progeria syndrome - a genetic condition characterized by the signs of accelerated ageing, which affects less than 500 people worldwide. In additional to premature ageing, other symptoms include dwarfism, lack of body fat and muscle, loss of hair, visible veins, a high pitched voice and stiffness in joints. So open your O.T. minds, be creative and think of three ways O.T. could intervene, adapt, remediate, or modify?

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