It's also important to help people with Alzheimer's engage in activities they enjoy and to give them tasks that help them feel they're doing something worthwhile, Dennis-Perez said. "Some tasks can do double duty," she said. "If they take out the trash, it helps give their day meaning while it's helping them maintain walking strength and balance."
But occupational therapy isn't just for the person with Alzheimer's, Morton noted.
"We can teach caregivers to do things as simply as possible," he said. "A lot of times, they're going about caregiving tasks in a difficult way. We can teach them adaptive techniques. Our main goal is to decrease caregiver burden."
The American Occupational Therapy Association has more on how occupational therapists can help care for people with Alzheimer's disease.
To read advice from one occupational therapist, click here.
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