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Development of the Therapeutic Recreation Profession in Taiwan

Li-jung Lin


This article introduces the development of therapeutic recreation in Taiwan. Existing professional organizations are identified. The Taiwanese definition of therapeutic recreation is to use diverse recreational activities with meaningful purpose, such as horse riding, chess, play balls, hiking, etc., to help people with imbalanced health conditions. Taiwan has rich resources for recreational activities and leisure services, which satisfy the needs of the general population; these programs rarely accommodate the needs of the populations with special needs. Taiwan has experienced rapid population aging, and the government invests financial resources to build aging care sites and activity centers to provide health-promotion activities.

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Aging; Taiwan; therapeutic recreation

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