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Occupational Therapy Helps Those with Dementia

Forbes, Nov. 17, 2006 http://www.forbes.com/forbeslife/health/feeds/hscout/2006/11/16/hscout536133.html Occupational therapy -- training to do simple things around the house -- improved the lives of people with dementia such as Alzheimer's disease, as well as the people who care for them, a Dutch study found. The results of the study, reported in the November British Medical Journal, could help change the attitude of health insurance companies and Medicare about paying for occupational therapy for persons with dementia, one expert said. "I like the validation of what I knew instinctively," said Elicia Dunn Cruz, an assistant professor of occupational therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. Medicare sometimes refuses to pay for such therapy because of a belief that people with dementia "don't have a good rehabilitation potential," Cruz said, an attitude also shared by some, but not all, health insurers. "I think this article counters that," she said. (This article appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout the state, nation and internationally.)



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