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Occupational Therapy Intervention is a Family Affair

By Janie L. Rosman, Staff Writer
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Illness progression that includes loss of independence, initiative and participation in social and daily activities affects quality of life for those living with it, their loved ones, and their caregivers.

Whereas previous traditional therapy set goals to address, cure or minimize impairment, the primary rehabilitation focus is non-medical — modifying behaviors and/or the physical and social environment to help the person living with Alzheimer’s disease function and continue his or her participation in daily activities.

“Occupational therapy’s role with caregivers involves teaching them to understand the behaviors and the disease itself, and training them to help the person living with Alzheimer’s disease with daily activities,” says Coralie "Corky" Glantz, OT/L, BCG, FAOTA, of Glantz / Richman Rehabilitation Associates.

A caregiver directory developed by the Alzheimer’s Association defines an occupational therapist as someone who “helps residents change their activities or environment so they can eat, dress and bathe; may also help with other tasks such as cooking, taking medication or driving; and may guide family members and caregivers.”

 

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