Cognition & Memory
Occupational therapists specialize in identifying performance-based cognitive impairments, which range from subtle to obvious and offer interventions to mitigate the effects of cognitive deficits on daily life and independent living.
Occupational therapy can go a long way toward helping seniors to compensate for memory loss and maintain maximum independence. Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) can all affect a person’s ability to retain or recall the information required to complete everyday tasks. Occupational therapy can help by providing support to improve working memory and maximize on the client’s strengths.
Occupational Therapy’s Role in Cognitive Rehabilitation
Using a person-centered approach, we work with the client, family, and involved others to set collaborative goals and intervention priorities. We usually begin with basic activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, and grooming, and then progress to more difficult tasks such as preparing meals, doing laundry, driving, travel or even returning to work or volunteering. We use a variety of therapeutic approaches, depending on the needs and personal preferences of the client.