Although Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia, these terms are often used interchangeably. More than 5 million Americans are living with dementia, a progressive disease that increasingly reduces the person’s cognitive skills and ability to function.
Occupational therapy practitioners work not only with people with dementia, but also their caregivers and family members. Their focus on the person’s remaining abilities, and adaptations and modifications to maintain participation for as long as possible, make them valuable members of the care team.
This section highlights resources for occupational therapy practitioners working with people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and their families.