Last week I had the great opportunity to attend and present to the TRO annual conference. For those of you who are not familiar with TRO it is the professional association for Recreational Therapists in Ontario. It was a very interesting conference but what struck me most was the absolute passion for creating joy in the lives of others.
Research on the brain has shown us that meaningful engagement and joyful interactions are a very positive influence on brain health. Thus there is a natural relationship between what Recreational Therapists provide and good brain health. My hope is that the communities and institutions in which they work will see them for what they are – important partners in the overall health of the individuals they care for.