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Occupational Therapy


Occupational therapists are integral members of the older adult's health care team. By promoting the maintenance and development of the skills required for the job of living, occupational therapists enable clients to participate in those activities that are most important to them. Whether the goal be continuing to live independently, caring for a family member, or maintaining participation in individual pursuits, the occupational therapist can foster and enhance an older adult's quality of life.



Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy. "Position Paper on Occupational Therapy with the Elderly Population." Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy 55, no. 2 (1988): Centerfold.

CUTLER LEWIS, S. Elder Care in Occupational Therapy. Thoroughfare: N.J.: Slack Inc., 1989.

HOBSON, S. "International Year of Older Persons: What Occupational Therapists have to Celebrate." Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy 66, no. 4 (1999): 155–160.

LAW, M.; BAPTISTE, S.; CARSWELL, A.; MCCOLL, M. A.; POLATAAJKO, H.; and POLLACK, N. Canadian Occupational Performance Measure, 2d ed. Ottawa: CAOT Publications ACE, 1994.

TOWNSEND, E.; STANTON, S.; LAW, M.; POLATAAJKO, H.; BAPTISTE, S.; THOMPSON-FRANSOM, T.; KRAMER, C.; SWEDLOVE, F.; BRINTNELL, S.; and CAMPANILE, L. Enabling Occupation: An Occupational Therapy Perspective. Ottawa: CAOT Publications ACE., 1997.

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Medicine EncyclopediaAging Healthy - Part 3Occupational Therapy - Self-care, Productivity, Leisure, Summary