This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Meaningful Occupation in Dementia” and will be hosted by Mary Mulry (@murlymary).
Here is what Mary had to say…
Dementia is a syndrome characterised by deterioration in memory and cognitive functions. Dementia is progressive in nature with the focus of treatment being to delay further memory/cognitive decline and enhance the older adult’s quality of life. There are many therapies well researched in this area e.g. cognitive stimulation therapy (Spector et al, 2013), sonas apc (Connors, 2000), doll therapy, reminiscence therapy, errorless learning etc. However, despite all of this research, older adults with dementia are engaging in activities with little meaning to them and these activities are not reflecting their life experiences. The aim of this OTalk is to explore this area of meaningful occupation with the dementia population in more detail.
The following are the main aims to consider during the OTalk:
- Define occupation and identify what is meaningful occupation.
- Understanding the significance of meaningful occupation with the older adult with dementia.
- Understanding the importance of gathering information about the older adult with dementia in order to empower them to engage in meaningful occupation.
- Identify the barriers and facilitators in Occupational Therapists carrying out occupation-focused therapy.
- Explore risk management in relation to enablement