Occupational Therapy for Cognition

Introduction

Cognition refers to the ability our brains have to learn and remember information.

Components of cognition include:

• Memory
• Attention and concentration
• Information processing
• Planning and organizing
• Problem solving
• Visual perception and processing
• Understanding and using language

Many neurologic conditions can lead to difficulties with cognition, including:

• Multiple Sclerosis
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Stroke
• Head/brain injuries
• Post-concussive Syndrome
• Mild Cognitive Impairments
• Dementia
• Alzheimer’s Disease

Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology
Occupational Therapy for Cognitive Impairments

Occupational Therapy at Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology assesses and addresses problems and develops intervention strategies to improve function.

Any area of cognition that is underperforming can cause difficulties in managing daily activities, including:

• Remembering daily routines at home or on the job
• Multi-tasking
• Organizing information
• Managing personal responsibilities, such as medications, finances, household tasks
• Managing community activities, such as shopping and driving

Possible interventions include:

• Education on compensatory strategies for memory and attention to increase safety and independence
• Education on current status and possible supervision or assistance needs
• Cognitive retraining activities