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by Barb Christensen, Aegis Therapies
Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating illness that affects at least 5.4 million Americans, with 1-in-8 older Americans having the disease. Occupational therapists offer treatments that can promote safety and enhance a patient’s quality of life, in addition to providing comfort and care for people with the disease and their families.
Alzheimer’s disease affects people’s personalities, behavior and memory. With occupational therapy, all of these areas can be addressed, depending on the stage of the disease, the setting and the therapy focus.