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Productive Aging

Occupational therapy practitioners address all aspects of aging, from wellness strategies to treatment. With a focus on function, occupational therapy practitioners help keep older adults independent and safe, reducing health care costs associated with hospitalization and institutional care.

Occupational therapists must have a master’s degree for entry-level practice, and occupational therapy assistants must have an associate’s degree. Both must pass an initial certification exam.

The Fact Sheets below provide information on occupational therapy’s role with a variety of issues related to aging.

Community Mobility and Older Drivers

Driving and Transportation Alternatives for Older Adults

The Occupational Therapy Role in Driving and Community Mobility Across the Lifespan

Behind the Wheel: Occupational Therapy and Older Drivers

Chronic Conditions

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Chronic Disease Management - pdf, 3.1 mb

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Diabetes Self-Management - pdf, 1 mb

Occupational Therapy's Role in Health Promotion - pdf, 3.1 mb

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Managing Arthritis - pdf, 774 kb

Living Life To Its Fullest™: Managing Chronic Pain With Occupational Therapy

Dementia

Dementia and the Role of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Adult Cognitive Disorders - pdf, 901 kb

Falls Prevention

Occupational Therapy and Prevention of Falls

Preventing Falls With Occupational Therapy

Home Modifications

Home Modifications and Occupational Therapy

Home Modifications Promote Independent Living

Mental Health

Occupational Therapy's Role in Mental Health Recovery - pdf, 1.6 mb

Occupational Therapy's Role in Restraint Reduction or Elimination - pdf, 620 kb

Stroke

Recovering from Stroke with Occupational Therapy: Living Life To Its Fullest™

OT's Role in Facilities

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Home Health

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Assisted Living Facilities - pdf, 847 kb

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Senior Centers - pdf, 1.6 mb

Occupational Therapy's Role in Skilled Nursing Facilities

OT for all Older Adults

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Sleep - pdf, 603 kb

Addressing Sensory Integration Across the Lifespan Through Occupational Therapy - pdf, 176 kb

Occupational Therapy: A Vital Role in Dysphagia Care - pdf, 1.4 mb

Occupational Therapy Services for Persons With Visual Impairment - pdf, 738 kb

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Oncology - pdf, 573 kb

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Palliative Care - pdf, 3.7 mb