Mental Exercise Research & Recreational Therapy
While many recreational therapists may have seen the positive effects of mental activity on their clients, it is good to have empirical research evidence to backup claims. Perhaps RTs may wish to use the research evidence to support their interventions with clients.
The research appeared in the December 20, 2006, issue of JAMA. The lead author was Sherry L. Willis of Penn State. See http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/296/23/2805
For a Washington Post article on the research, see http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/19/AR2006121901431_pf.html