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Meanings and motives for for engagement in self-chosen daily life occupations among individuals with Alzheimer's disease.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Karolinska Institutet.
2005 (English)In: OTJR (Thorofare, N.J.), ISSN 1539-4492, E-ISSN 1938-2383, Vol. 25, no 3, 89-97 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this study was to uncover and describe the meanings and motives for engagement in self-chosen daily life occupations for elderly individuals with Alzheimer's disease dwelling in the community. Six participants with Alzheimer's disease were included. Data were collected through repeated interviews and observations focusing on their motives for their self-chosen occupational engagement and the significance of the daily occupations. The analysis used a qualitative comparative and interpretative method. The findings show that the participants' occupations supported their ordinary pattern of everyday life and provided them with an opportunity to be in a coherent context. The occupations also allowed them to experience and communicate autonomy and certain characteristics of their identity and provided them with a private sphere. The findings revealed certain crucial but double-edged environmental keys to occupation. By identifying and supporting everyday occupations with personal meaning and value, therapists and caregivers may contribute to the well-being of individuals with Alzheimer's disease living in their own homes.

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2005. Vol. 25, no 3, 89-97 p.
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Occupational Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-118927DOI: 10.1177/153944920502500302OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-118927DiVA: diva2:817463
Available from: 2015-06-05 Created: 2015-06-05 Last updated: 2015-06-23

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