I’ve got a real issue with it, as it medicalises everything ‘we’ do, almost as if others don’t engage in these ‘activities’.
Why would I be comfortable going into therapy, when that word implies I’m needy and sick in some way and to ‘cope’ with that, have to go through some kind of intervention or therapy?
I’m already very busy doing the things I LOVE. But maybe as dementia progresses if they all get tagged as therapy, I’ll start showing a few symptoms that some would want to restrain me for?!?!?
Have a read of this article, and see if it gives you any insight into why it could be very important to STOP tagging music, gardening, art, reading or any other pleasurable activity as therapy.
Maybe this quote from the article I’ve referred to simplifies why this needs more careful thinking. And is why we might need to stop imposing ‘therapy’ into all people living with dementia.
Maybe I’m just a bit dumb?
By the way, I’m not adverse to therapy per se.