More than a memory disorder because of progressive deterioration, NCD can affect every aspect of a person's life, from executive functioning, language, and physical functioning; to engagement in activies and occupations; to a person's sense of dignity, personhood, and identity. NCD's impact on the more than 15 million families in the United States who assume daily care responsibilities is profound as well.
This text offers an understanding of the neurocognitive basis of these disorders in an examination of their psychosocial consequences and treatment implications. Chapter authors, who are clinicians, educators, and researchers, answer the following questions: What can occupational therapy do to support people with NCD and their family members? Who better than occupational therapists to help people more effectively use healthy occupations as preventive measures? and Who better than occupational therapists to address the skill needs of people with NCD and their families?