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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
3 The social context of older people 38
Frances Reynolds and Kee Hean Lim
4 Policy development and implications for occupational therapy practice 59
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
8 Occupation and successful ageing – Activity and participation 185
9 Environmental impacts, products and technology 224
Anita Atwal, Sarah Buchanan, Marcus Sivell-Muller, Anthony Slater and Sue Vernon