Best: Talking baseball assists aging adults with dementia

From Kenneth Best at Medical Xpress on August 1, 2017:

For many aging adults some of their strongest childhood memories may be linked to playing baseball, talking about games, or going to see their favorite Major League team with their father.

UConn researcher Michael Ego, professor of human development and family studies at the Stamford campus, is studying the effectiveness of using baseball as part of reminiscence therapy for aging adults now affected by dementia, the decline in age-related memory loss including Alzheimer’s Disease that also causes individuals to require assistance from a caregiver.

Earlier this year Ego, who has conducted a variety of research in gerontology and elder care, developed the Baseball Reminiscence Program with the staff of the River House Adult Care Center in Cos Cob, Connecticut. The program is based on similar activities he studied in Austin, Texas, and St. Louis, Missouri, as well as similar programs he observed during a visit to Scotland focused on soccer, golf, and cricket.

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  • Related link: For more information on the SABR Rogers Hornsby Chapter’s BasebALZ program in Austin, click here.

Originally published: August 3, 2017. Last Updated: August 3, 2017.