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Submission Date


Document Type

Entry Level Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

First Mentor

Mariana D'Amico


The purpose of this Capstone experience was to identify the specific needs to improve the quality of life for individuals with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association (2022a), 1 in 9 people aged 65 and older have dementia. It is imperative for people living with this disease to be actively involved in meaningful activities that can reduce their negative symptoms. People with dementia constitute 40% of patients with significant depression (Alzheimer’s Association, 2022a). The common risk factors that increase the likelihood of depression in these adults include social isolation and loneliness, lack of exercise, and functional limitations that restrict participation in daily activities (National Institute of Health, 2022). There is a direct correlation between high quality care received and better quality of life for these individuals. The aim of this program promotes a person-centered focus that identifies the needs and desires of each individual that has been assessed for depression. The Geriatric Interest Program (GIP) identifies interventions that can be implemented into older adult settings that are tailored to each individual. The GIP assisted in decreasing common symptoms such as anxiety, helplessness, loss of interest, fatigue, concentration, memory, and sleep.