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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.

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University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

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Dementia, Equine-Assisted Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Quality of Life, Affect, Communication, Socialization, Memory, Cognition


Neurology | Occupational Therapy | Psychiatry and Psychology


Poster presented at the Fall 2020 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on December 11, 2020.

Enhancing Quality of Life for Individuals with Dementia through a Virtual OT Based Equine-Assisted Activities Program