Title

Elders with Low Vision: Perspectives on Engagment in Occupation, Health, and Well-being

Start Time

30-10-2004 3:00 PM

End Time

30-10-2004 4:30 PM

Abstract

As the aging population continues to escalate, members of the healthcare community will be held accountable for understanding what, how, when and why independence is possible for some older persons and not for others. Occupational therapy as a profession can gather information of this nature in the area of low vision, which affects a significant number of older persons and may deprive them of their independence, health and well-being. In order to be able to respond to these issues, increased awareness about the effects of low vision on engagement in occupation, and effects on health and well-being must be understood.

This qualitative grounded theory study involves in-depth interviews to elicit elderly women participant‚s perspectives of how low vision affects engagement in occupation, health and well-being. The constant comparative method involves comparing data between participants, within participants at various times, between and within incidents and categories and finally from category to category. The ongoing analysis process develops a theory.

Results & Discussion. (This study is in progress so these sections will depend upon the analysis of data, which should be completed as of December 2004). The intent of this section will be to use the data that comes from the participants to develop a theory that builds the knowledge occupational therapy professionals can use in practice with this population. Effort will be taken to remain true to the participant‚s voices. Strengths and weaknesses of this study, as well as areas for future growth will be discussed.

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Elders with Low Vision: Perspectives on Engagment in Occupation, Health, and Well-being

As the aging population continues to escalate, members of the healthcare community will be held accountable for understanding what, how, when and why independence is possible for some older persons and not for others. Occupational therapy as a profession can gather information of this nature in the area of low vision, which affects a significant number of older persons and may deprive them of their independence, health and well-being. In order to be able to respond to these issues, increased awareness about the effects of low vision on engagement in occupation, and effects on health and well-being must be understood.

This qualitative grounded theory study involves in-depth interviews to elicit elderly women participant‚s perspectives of how low vision affects engagement in occupation, health and well-being. The constant comparative method involves comparing data between participants, within participants at various times, between and within incidents and categories and finally from category to category. The ongoing analysis process develops a theory.

Results & Discussion. (This study is in progress so these sections will depend upon the analysis of data, which should be completed as of December 2004). The intent of this section will be to use the data that comes from the participants to develop a theory that builds the knowledge occupational therapy professionals can use in practice with this population. Effort will be taken to remain true to the participant‚s voices. Strengths and weaknesses of this study, as well as areas for future growth will be discussed.