Effects of life review program on emotional well-being of Korean elderly with Alzheimer’s disease


  • Yongho Lee, PhD, CTRS
  • Carla E. S. Tabourne, PhD
  • Jaesub Yoon, PhD




Alzheimer's disease, emotional well-being, Life Review Program


Emotional well-being is an important aspect of health for individuals with Alzheimer's disease, and self-esteem, depression, and life satisfaction have been identified as factors that comprise emotional well-being. As individuals undergo physical and psychological change associated with aging process, they tend to review their lives to achieve a sense of well-being in an effort to compensate for loss due to aging process. It evidences in the literature that the life review program (LRP) is an effective therapeutic recreation intervention to increase emotional well-being of elders with Alzheimer’s disease. With 17 Korean elders with Alzheimer’s disease, the findings of the current study showed some significant effects on Korean elderly with Alzheimer's disease in their emotional well-being. Although long-term effects of the LRP were questionable, the LRP was effective to make a therapeutic change in emotional well-being of Korean elderly with Alzheimer's disease.

Author Biographies

Yongho Lee, PhD, CTRS

Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina, Regina, Canada.

Carla E. S. Tabourne, PhD

University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jaesub Yoon, PhD

DaeHan Therapeutic Recreation Association, Daegu City, Korea.


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How to Cite

Lee, PhD, CTRS, Y., Tabourne, PhD, C. E. S., & Yoon, PhD, J. (2008). Effects of life review program on emotional well-being of Korean elderly with Alzheimer’s disease. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 7(2), 35–45. https://doi.org/10.5055/ajrt.2008.0014