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By Anne McIntyre, Anita Atwal

This well timed ebook locates older humans as significant consumers of occupational treatment providers. It presents a entire source for college kids and a uncomplicated operating reference for clinicians. The publication encompasses present theories, debates and demanding situations which occupational therapists have to interact in in the event that they are to supply pro-active and promotional methods to growing old. distinctive insurance of physically buildings, capabilities and pathologies leads onto chapters devoted to job, profession and participation.The ethos of the booklet is to motivate innovation within the perform of occupational remedy with older humans, selling profitable getting old that involves keep an eye on and empowerment.Features:* includes many functional components, together with case reports, and narratives from practice.* Promotes lively ageing.* Adopts the framework of the area healthiness Organisation's overseas category of Functioning, incapacity and health and wellbeing (2001)* professional contributions exhibit the range of occupational functionality issues in older age.

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As part of that inbuilt health system the central nervous system develops, responds and adjusts as people go about their daily occupations to meet the multiple requirements of life. It is one of Nature’s provisions for health that is largely ignored and poorly understood. That has not always been the case. Sensible regimes concerned with what people do – physically, mentally, and socially, the activity–rest continuum, what they eat and drink, all within healthy natural environments, have been regarded as important in protecting good health for centuries.

Although loss of peers is an inevitable part of growing older, not all social networks shrink dramatically with increasing age. Some older people – particularly women – seem able to maintain their support ‘convoys’, through for example, joining new organisations, doing voluntary work, remaining active within religious organisations, and making new friends (Wright 1989). Older men are particularly vulnerable to losing work-mates on retirement, and many come to depend on a OTAC03 03/07/2005 02:31PM Page 36 36 n Occupational therapy and older people few female relatives for social support, especially their spouse.

The neighbour is diabetic and Mr Jameson keeps a watchful eye to make sure that he is not becoming ill. The neighbour often has to attend hospital appointments, and Mr Jameson always takes him there in his car, and brings him home. Mr Jameson himself is wary of doctors and hospitals, regarding himself as ‘strong’ and ‘uncomplaining’. Only severe pain some months ago made him attend for a medical consultation about his knee. OTAC03 03/07/2005 02:31PM Page 33 The social context of older people n 33 Mapping social networks When exploring social networks, it can be helpful to draw a diagram of the person’s relationships.

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