Occupational Therapy and Older People / Edition 2

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Fully updated and revised, this 2nd edition considers older people as major clients of occupational therapy services. It inspires innovation in the practice of occupational therapy with older people, encompasses current theories and challenges, and provides detailed coverage of bodily structures, functions and pathologies. Topics new to this edition include: retirement, frailty and dying; user perspectives; public health including advocacy, enablement and empowerment; people entering old age with disability; older people in prisons; homelessness; immigration and ethnic minorities; and ageism.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This book is a useful resource that we would recommend to practitioners.”  (British Jnl Occupat Therapy, 1 October 2013)
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Shannon Martin, OTD (Touro University Nevada)
Description: This is an overview of the unique needs of older adults and the related pertinent considerations for occupational therapy practitioners working with them. The first edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive resource for practitioners working with older adults, promoting evidence-based practice, occupational justice, and successful aging in relation to participation in meaningful occupations. The authors aim to encourage occupational therapists to be passionate and compassionate working in this area of practice. This is a worthy objective, in light of the growing number of older adults and the increasing opportunities for occupational therapists to provide services to them.
Audience: The book is intended for occupational therapy students, but is also useful for entry-level practitioners or those looking to broaden their understanding of the needs of their older adult clients.
Features: A wide range of topics is covered, including theories of aging, circumstances impacting the health and wellness of older adults, active aging, engagement in occupations, driving and community mobility, assistive technology, home modifications, and telehealth. Two chapters put particular emphasis on the effects of normal aging on each of the body systems and body functions. Another valuable chapter provides a comprehensive review of health conditions frequently seen in older adults referred to occupational therapy services. The authors use the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health as a framework for the book, which provides consistent language and application for occupational therapists. Case studies and personal vignettes appear throughout the book, and are especially helpful for application of key concepts. One shortcoming of the book is the brevity of its treatment of topics. It provides a valuable overview of the many topics it introduces, but these may not be covered in the depth and detail necessary for more experienced clinicians.
Assessment: This book covers a broad range of important topics for occupational therapy practitioners working with older adults in a variety of practice settings. It is a valuable and comprehensive overview of the considerations of the older adult population for students and practitioners. The case studies and personal narratives provide an excellent perspective for occupational therapists working with older people.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444333336
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/20/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 1,228,760
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Anita Atwal PhD, MSc, DipCOT, FHEA
Anita is a senior lecturer in occupational therapy at Brunel University. Prior to her academic career Anita’s practice experience was in acute medicine, older people and neurology. Anita has continued her particular interest in older adults in the acute care setting into her academic career and has published over 30 articles in international and national peer-reviewed journals. Anita is the director for Professional Practice Research at Brunel University, which aims to support and empower students, academics, clinicians and service users to promote high standards in clinical practice. She also leads a master’s level module on evidence-based practice for occupational therapists.

Anne McIntyre, PhD, MSc, PGCertTLHE, DipCOT
Anne is currently programme lead for the MSc (pre-registration) Occupational Therapy course at Brunel University, where she has been an OT lecturer since 1997. She teaches occupational therapy and physiotherapy students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Anne has worked in acute health care, neurological rehabilitation, with children with motor disorders and in community rehabilitation with older people. Anne has also continued her particular interest in older people into her academic career. She leads a master’s level module on occupational therapy and active ageing. She is a member of the Brunel Institute for Ageing Studies.

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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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