Recreational Therapy Makes Life Worth Living

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Dr. Betsy Kemeny

Dr. Betsy Kemeny, the Recreational Therapy Program Director, is an Associate Professor of Recreational Therapy at SRU with more than 30 years as an educator and practitioner. For more than 20 years, she worked as a recreational therapist in geriatrics. After completely her bachelor’s degree at Wake Forest University with honors in Sociology and a masters in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she gained experience at all levels of the older adult continuum including adult day care, skilled nursing, hospice, assisted living and outpatient rehabilitation.

Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, is a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions. For anyone interested, recreational therapy can be a means to psychological and physical health, recovery, and well-being.

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