Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Mental Exercise Research & Recreational Therapy

Research has suggested that middle -aged and older people (ages 65 - 90) can benefit mentally from mental exercise, much like physical workouts lead to physical fitness. Interventions targeted memory, reasoning, and speed of processing.

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

For a Washington Post article on the research, see


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