Medicare is proposing some drastic changes in the way they cover prosthetics for lower limb amputees. If their policy goes through, you will be severely limited in what leg you can get. To be able to get any advanced prosthesis like a C leg or Rheo or Genium, to name a few, you must be able to demonstrate a ‘normal gait’ or you won’t be able to get it covered. And if you need any assistive devices like a cane, crutches, walker or wheelchair when you’re not wearing your prosthesis, then forget asking for an advanced le. Consider the bilateral amputee who needs a wheelchair to get around when they are not using their prostheses. We will be going back thirty years if their changes go through. The old peg leg will be the norm once again. Socket design, in patient physical therapy requirement before you can get a new leg as well as many other catastrophic policy changes will put us back in the dark ages. Medicare is treating prosthetics as a luxury not a necessity. Please go onto the Amputee Coalition website for the link to sign the petition to President Obama to rescind these drastic changes that will affect us all! www.amputeecoalition.org.
Gary Penfield, a below the knee amputee, received high honors in the Atlantic Regional Pickleball Tournament held in Norwalk, Connecticut earlier this summer. Gary participated in the 70 plus age group. His footwork and agility as well as his spirit impressed everyone who participated. I should mention that Gary was the only amputee to participate in this tourney. Gary is a member of COPAA and he serves as an example to all of us to never give up, stay positive, push beyond your limits, commit and be passionate and love what you are doing. Congratulations, Gary!
Almost 2 million people are living with limb loss and limb differences in this country today and another 28 million are at risk for amputation. There are over 500 amputations a day, and the number is expected to increase. The Amputee Coalition and COPAA are committed to creating awareness of the unique challenges facing amputees in their everyday life, at work and at play. The physical effects of amputation are visible, but the psychological aspects often go unnoticed and untreated. We need more insurance equity, more accessibility in the community and ways to increase the independence and quality of life of all amputees. If you know someone who can help support us, please tell them your story. By increasing awareness and our fundraising base, we can bring the services and resources to amputees in a very personal and real way. Please support COPAA this month and throughout the year. And show your mettle by letting others see your metal ( prosthesis, wheelchair, walker, crutches) to show them that you’re not different, you’re definitely special and awesome!
Our Annual Ski Trip to Waterville Valley, NH on Saturday, March 7 was an amazing success! Four of us spent an awesome day skiing with Spaulding Adaptive Sports. The Spaulding staff and Waterville Instructors were wonderful. Thanks especially to the Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann for their generous support of this trip!
Kevin Lyons, Owner and President, Lyons Ambulance Service in Danvers, has given us a generous gift again this year. This is the third year that Kevin has supported our mission in this way. Thanks, Kevin!
On Sunday, October 26, eight of our members successfully completed the 8-hour Certified Peer Visitor Training course. As Certified Peer Visitors, they conduct visits when requested by new amputees who have questions or need help adjusting to being an amputee. Congratulations to: Terry Arnold, Paige Fortin, Dave Courtney, Karen Courtney, Steve Woolfenden, Gary Penfield, Jo Mascuilli and Annalisa Passalaqua! Thanks to Marissa Osborne the Trainer, from Spaulding Rehab.
We are pleased to report that we have received a $5000 donation from Salem Five Cents Savings Bank! With this money we can further support our mission to help amputees, their families and others affected by limb loss. Thank you, Salem Bank!
Welcome to our new website! We hope you stay tuned for news and updates.
Our mission: To provide a forum where amputees, their families and others affected by limb loss can find support, education and camaraderie to cope with amputation and further; to advocate for amputee social issues and community needs.
Almost 2 million people are living with limb loss in the US today, with another 28 million at risk for amputation.
Founded in the fall of 2011, COPAA started as the result of a vision of Keith Cornell, President and Owner of Cornell Orthotics and Prosthetics. He wanted to provide his patients with a place to come together to find support, share coping strategies and to interact socially. He saw a need for this in his own patients and knew that this need existed outside of his practice as well. He approached one of his patients, Posie Mansfield, a new above knee amputee herself, and asked her if she would be willing to take on the role of helping to see his vision become a reality. She agreed and together the COP Amputee Association was launched with just three people sitting around a table sharing their stories. After the meeting it was clear that we had a very important role to play in offering amputees this kind of a forum. In 2012 we reorganized and our name changed to the COP Amputee Association, Inc., or COPAA, to better reflect our broader mission of reaching out and serving the entire limb loss community.