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Occupational therapy and the assistive devices that are recommended provide an outlet to a better quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s as well as increases safety and independence in the individual. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects an individual’s memory, physical functioning, safety, and cognition. As the disease progresses, it decreases an individual’s level of independence in their environment and often calls for outside care to successfully complete the daily skills and activities needed to age successfully. The practitioners that work with individuals who have Alzheimer’s aim to improve the completion of activities of daily living as well as socialization, independence, and the general welfare of their consumers. The relationships that are formed through occupational therapy services creates a lifelong impact on both the patient and the practitioner, as the occupations that give Alzheimer’s patients’ meaning are found again and completed to the satisfaction of the consumer. Occupational therapists often recommend devices and technologies that act as an aid in the consumer’s life and allows them to partake in occupations independently or with minimal assistance. The goal of this literature review and comprehensive interview is to inform its audience on the importance of occupational therapy in the lives of Alzheimer’s patients and educate on the forever impact of the services that occupational therapists provide for their consumers.
Wilson, Hannah, "The Impacts of Occupational Therapy and Assistive Technology in the Lives of Alzheimer's Patients" (2021). Honors Theses. 3397.
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