Research Article  |   July 2013
Update on Productive Aging Research in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2012
Author Affiliations
  • Mariana D’Amico, EdD, OTR/L, BCP, CIMI, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Allied Health Sciences and College of Graduate Studies, Georgia Regents University, 1120 15th Street, EC2330, Augusta, GA 30912-0700; mdamico@gru.edu
Article Information
Geriatrics/Productive Aging / Departments
Research Article   |   July 2013
Update on Productive Aging Research in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2012
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July/August 2013, Vol. 67, e77-e91. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.008219
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July/August 2013, Vol. 67, e77-e91. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.008219
Abstract

This article describes a review of articles on productive aging published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT) during 2012 in light of the Centennial Vision charge of supporting practice through evidence. Seventeen AJOT articles published in 2012 specifically addressed productive aging. Of 6 Level I studies, 4 were systematic reviews that identified effective occupational therapy interventions for community-dwelling older adults; 1 randomized controlled trial examined the effectiveness of writing life reviews for residents of senior residences, and 1 meta-analysis investigated the effectiveness of fall-related efficacy and engagement in activity or occupation. Two Level II studies and 2 Level III studies produced support for the effectiveness of individual and group-based occupational therapy interventions. Of 7 descriptive studies addressing a variety of areas, 4 addressed the reliability and validity of assessments. In 2012, AJOT published more and higher quality studies addressing a variety of issues related to productive aging.