Research Article  |   May 2012
Systematic Review of Occupational Engagement and Health Outcomes Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults
Author Affiliations
  • Wendy B. Stav, PhD, OTR/L, SCDCM, FAOTA, is Associate Professor, Towson University, Towson, MD
  • Theresa Hallenen, MS, OTR/L, is Staff Occupational Therapist, MedStar Health St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, MD
  • Jennifer Lane, MS, OTR/L, is Staff Occupational Therapist, Sheppard Pratt Health System, Towson, MD
  • Marian Arbesman, PhD, OTR/L, is Consultant, AOTA Evidence-Based Practice Project; President, ArbesIdeas, Inc., 19 Hopkins Road, Williamsville, NY 14221; and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Williamsville; ma@ArbesIdeas.com
Article Information
Evidence-Based Practice / Geriatrics/Productive Aging / Health and Wellness / Special Issue on the Relationship Between Occupation and Productive Aging
Research Article   |   May 2012
Systematic Review of Occupational Engagement and Health Outcomes Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 2012, Vol. 66, 301-310. doi:10.5014/ajot.2012.003707
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 2012, Vol. 66, 301-310. doi:10.5014/ajot.2012.003707
Abstract

We conducted this systematic review, one of four related to productive aging, to explore the existing evidence for the health benefits of engagement in occupations and activities among older adults. The review incorporates the breadth of areas of occupation in which older adults engage and the range of health benefits derived from that engagement. The results of this review demonstrate the multidisciplinary appreciation for occupational engagement and associated well-being and elucidate the health effects of engagement in a wide variety of occupations and activities. Additionally, the results of this systematic review support occupational therapy’s historical ideologies and core philosophies linking occupational engagement to improved health and well-being. The findings suggest an increasing role for occupational therapy service delivery in community-based health promotion and prevention efforts to meet the everyday activity and health needs of the growing older adult population.