The purpose of this capstone project was to create an occupation-based program that could be integrated into the lifestyle patterns of adults to potentially assist reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The number of Americans living with AD is expected to grow up to 16 million by 2050 (Smallfield & Heckenlaible, 2017). The risk for developing the disease could be reduced through lifestyle modifications (Hussenoeder & Riedel-Heller, 2018). Using occupation as a means for health promotion and disease prevention is an emerging area for occupational therapy practice (AOTA, 2014). This capstone sought to increase awareness of internal motivators that could help foster healthy behaviors incorporated into lifestyle to reduce the risk of AD and contribute to an overall well-being.
Medical Subject Headings
Alzheimer Disease, Occupational Therapy, Life Style, Health Behavior, Health Promotionf
Occupational Therapy | Other Mental and Social Health
Ram, S., MacDermott, S., Cohill, B., & Park, K. (2011, December 11). Health and Wellness Using Occupations to Explore Internal Motivators for Change. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonesfall2020/2