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Occupational Therapy and Older People

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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 5/6/2013.
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This book locates older people as major clients of occupational therapy services. It provides a comprehensive resource for students and a basic working reference for clinicians. The book encompasses current theories, debates and challenges which occupational therapists need to engage in if they are to provide pro-active and promotional approaches to ageing. Detailed coverage of bodily structures, functions and pathologies leads onto chapters dedicated to activity, occupation and participation.

The ethos of the book is to inspire innovation in the practice of occupational therapy with older people, promoting successful ageing that entails control and empowerment.

This new edition has been fully revised and updated. In addition brand new material has been included on occupational transitions (retirement, frailty and end of life); user perspectives; public health including advocacy, enablement and empowerment; people entering old age with disability and mental health conditions; visual impairment; assistive technology driving and ageism.

Table of Contents

List of contributors vi

1 Introduction 1

Anne McIntyre and Anita Atwal

2 Perspectives of ageing 16

Anne McIntyre

3 The social context of older people 38

Frances Reynolds and Kee Hean Lim

4 Policy development and implications for occupational therapy practice 59

Margaret Gallagher

5 Health conditions and active ageing 73

Melanie Manley, Rachel Bentley, Christina Richards, Kirsty Tattersall, Alison Warren, Alice Mackenzie, Anna L. Pratt, Alison Lillywhite, Mary Grant, Anne McIntyre, Jacqueline Lawson and Thérèse Jackson

6 The ageing body – body functions and structures: Part 1 120

Stephen Ashford and Anne McIntyre

7 The ageing body – body functions and structures: Part 2 146

Linda Gnanasekaran

8 Occupation and successful ageing – Activity and participation 185

Anne McIntyre

9 Environmental impacts, products and technology 224

Anita Atwal, Sarah Buchanan, Marcus Sivell-Muller, Anthony Slater and Sue Vernon


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