Title

Occupation on the Edge: Occupational Science in Dialogue With Anthropology and Occupational Therapy, Panel 1 - Paper 2

Presenter Information

Wendy Wood
Jenny Womack

Start Time

6-10-2006 11:00 AM

End Time

6-10-2006 12:05 PM

Abstract

Adults diagnosed with a dementing illness commonly encounter a pessimistic and disempowering culture of care. Case study research in occupational science suggests this cultural pessimism invites another tragedy beyond the stigma of the diagnosis itself: lives of occupational deprivation. This research illustrates the costs of occupational therapists’ absence from dementia care and also how practitioners could enrich the occupational fabric of persons’ everyday lives. More comprehensive approaches are needed, however. All alliance among anthropologists, occupational scientists and therapists could help to eliminate cultural barriers that obstruct experiences of meaning and purpose in the daily lives of people with advanced dementias.

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Occupation on the Edge: Occupational Science in Dialogue With Anthropology and Occupational Therapy, Panel 1 - Paper 2

Adults diagnosed with a dementing illness commonly encounter a pessimistic and disempowering culture of care. Case study research in occupational science suggests this cultural pessimism invites another tragedy beyond the stigma of the diagnosis itself: lives of occupational deprivation. This research illustrates the costs of occupational therapists’ absence from dementia care and also how practitioners could enrich the occupational fabric of persons’ everyday lives. More comprehensive approaches are needed, however. All alliance among anthropologists, occupational scientists and therapists could help to eliminate cultural barriers that obstruct experiences of meaning and purpose in the daily lives of people with advanced dementias.