Elderly's Meaningful Occupation As A Rehabilitation Mean In Occupational Therapy
Keywords:Elderly, occupation, occupational therapy, favorite occupation, aging process, elderly institutional life
The aim of the study is to find out the importance of occupation in the lives of elderly people and identify the occupation therapy effect of their well-being.
The survey was conducted on quantitative and qualitative research for the collection of research data. For quantitative research was used a testing method with the use of Chris Mayer's and Interests questionnaires. Qualitative research is based on quantitative research results, accordingly has been designed a questionnaire that has helped to reveal the research question. MS Excel program was applied for analyzing quantitative research, and thematic analysis method for qualitative research.
The results of the research reveal that most elderly people do not have meaningful occupation, do not do any kind of job, do not engage in their preferred occupation. These circumstances are interpreted as the work for the livelihoods organized by the institution. In addition, this was explained not only by the lack of alternative occupation options in the institution, but also by the lack of desire of the elderly. The elderly voiced also financial and health problems that hindered their involvement in their preferred occupation.
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