AJOT CE: Occupational Therapy Interventions for People With Alzheimer’s Disease
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Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2018

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Non-Member Price: $24.99

Product Overview

Earn CE Credit With AJOT Articles!              

Learn about tested treatment strategies by reading AJOT articles in your area of practice. Become an evidence-based practitioner and demonstrate your knowledge by passing the course exam.  Articles have been selected for their relevance to practice, fresh ideas, and strong evidence supporting treatment and the distinct value of OT.


Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)




In this Evidence Connection article, we describe a case report of a person with Alzheimer’s disease. The occupational therapy assessment and intervention process in the home setting is described. Findings from the systematic reviews on this topic were published in the November/December 2017 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and in AOTA’s Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Adults With Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Major Neurocognitive Disorders. Each article in this series summarizes the evidence from the published reviews on a given topic and presents an application of the evidence to a related clinical case. Evidence Connection articles illustrate how the research evidence from the reviews can be used to inform and guide clinical reasoning.




Catherine Verrier Piersol, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, and Director, Jefferson Elder Care, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


Lou Jensen, OTD, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Creighton University, Omaha, NE


Deborah Lieberman, MSHA, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Director, Evidence-Based Practice Project, and Staff Liaison, Commission on Practice, American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda, MD


Marian Arbesman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, was Methodology Consultant, Evidence-Based Practice Project, American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda, MD. She is now President, ArbesIdeas, Williamsville, NY, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science, University at Buffalo, NY



Learning Objectives:

1.      Identify common behaviors and occupational performance difficulties that may be evident in people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

2.      Based on the evidence, list occupational therapy interventions that have been shown to be effective for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

3.      Understand how the evidence applies to sound occupational therapy clinical practice. Use the evidence to obtain relevant information and guide clinical decision-making when working with people with Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions.


CE Find Key Words: Alzheimer’s disease, activities of daily living, caregiver, home visits, safety, self-care, sleep, agitation


Learning Level: Intermediate


Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants


Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT; Category 2: OT Process: Intervention


Reference Information:

Piersol,C.V.,  Jensen,L., Lieberman, D. & Arbesman, M. (2017).  Occupational Therapy Interventions for People With Alzheimer’s Disease. Am J Occup Ther 72(1):7201390010p1-7201390010p6. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2018.721001.