Lived Experience Of Participation In Daily Occupations Among Older People Living In Social House In Armenia


  • Zaruhi Harutyunyan Khachatur Abovyan Armenian State Pedagogical University
  • Annika Öhman Linköping University, Sweden
  • Mandana Fallahpour Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden



aging, participation, daily occupations, older people, social house, occupational therapy


The aim of this qualitative study is to explore the lived experience of participation in daily occupations of older people living on Social House in Armenia

A total of eight participants (1 male, 7 female) who lived in social house in Yerevan, Armenia were in-depth interviewed in this study. The Empirical Phenomenological Perspective method (Karlsson,1993) was applied for analysing the interviews to explore the meaning structure of participation in daily occupations in social house as expressed by participants' lived experiences.

Findings has identified three main characteristics of participation in daily occupations of eight older people living in Social House: Change in place – change in life; being dependent as doer – not free in making choices; Lack of environmental possibilities in daily living.

The findings of the study highlighted older people's personal perceptions of current living place and importance of supportive environmental conditions which facilitate or challenge their participation in daily occupations. Subjective perception of the current place of living and experienced changes in daily occupation were identified among older people living in social house, which limited their possibilities to choose and maintain autonomy in daily occupations and in their social participation.

Author Biographies

Zaruhi Harutyunyan, Khachatur Abovyan Armenian State Pedagogical University

Researcher at Chair of Speech and Rehabilitative Therapy, Khachatur Abovyan Armenian State Pedagogical University Lecturer

Annika Öhman, Linköping University, Sweden

OT, PhD Associate professor Department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences, Division of Prevention, Rehabilitation and Community Medicine, Linköping University, Sweden

Mandana Fallahpour, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

OT, PhD Assistant professor Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Occupational Therapy, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden


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How to Cite

Harutyunyan, Z., Öhman, A., & Fallahpour, M. (2020). Lived Experience Of Participation In Daily Occupations Among Older People Living In Social House In Armenia. Armenian Journal of Special Education, 1(1), 127-149.