Recreational Therapy Is Essential for Long-term Alzheimer’s Care

Recreational Therapy Is Essential for Long-term Alzheimer’s Care
As the senior population increases, the need for long-term care also rises. Health Care Financing Review characterizes long-term care as "medical, personal, social, and psychological care over extended time periods.” In just 10 years, people 65 or older will account for one-fifth of the population in the United States, and it is projected that by 2025, diagnoses of Alzheimer’s disease will increase by nearly 27 percent for this segment of the population, according to a 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report by the Alzheimer's Association. It is imperative that cognitively engaging treatments become a staple of long-term care, especially for those living with dementia. Mercy LIFE, which stands for "Living Independently for the Elderly," is an adult day program serving seniors in Pennsylvania. The program presents adults 55 and older with comprehensive, cognitively engaging treatments. These treatments assist in reducing the symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease via recreational therapy, and in some cases, the program permits participants to avoid pharmacological care. The Mercy LIFE day program assists patients via recreational therapy. (Courtesy of
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