Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Medical Subject Headings
Dementia, Equine-Assisted Therapy, Affect, Memory, Socialization, Quality of Life, Occupational Therapy, Geriatrics, Program Development
Individuals living with dementia typically experience progressive, cognitive, and functional decline which limits their ability to communicate and fully perform activities (Pimouguet el al., 2019). Horses have been shown to benefit individuals with dementia by improving well-being, physical health, functional capacity, and social relationships (Fields et. al., 2019).
A 6-week OT-based virtual equine-assisted activities program was conducted to determine if participation in equine-assisted activities could improve the quality of life of individuals with dementia. Outcomes of the program resulted in improvements in mood, energy level, engagement, communication, memory, socialization, and overall quality of life.
Fearn, Lauren, "Benefits of Equine-Based Therapy for Individuals with Dementia" (2020). Student Capstone Projects. 41.