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Research Article  |   July 1991
Access to Computers for Older Adults: Problems and Solutions
Author Affiliations
  • Stephanie O’Leary, MS, OTR, is Program Director, Computer Evaluation and Learning Lab, Veterans Affairs Medical Center 128, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, California 94304
  • Charlotte Mann, OTR, is Team Leader, NovaCare, Inc., Santa Clara, California
  • Inder Perkash, MD, is Chief, Spinal Cord Injury Service, Veterans Affairs Medical Center 128, Palo Alto, California
Article Information
Geriatrics/Productive Aging / Practice
Research Article   |   July 1991
Access to Computers for Older Adults: Problems and Solutions
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1991, Vol. 45, 636-642. doi:10.5014/ajot.45.7.636
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1991, Vol. 45, 636-642. doi:10.5014/ajot.45.7.636
Abstract

Activity that involves a personal computer is a valuable modality for the rehabilitation of older adults. The therapist without specialized training, however, may have difficulty integrating computer use with adults with chronic health problems that impede such use. The purpose of this paper was to describe positioning, visual access, and input problems that may interfere with computer access and to identify solutions for use by the occupational therapist. Through a review of occupational therapy and adaptive computer literature, resources for adaptive computer hardware, software, and positioning devices are identified. Examples of how computer activities can be integrated into existing nursing home, day-care, and homecare programs are provided. Recommendations are made for training for the occupational therapist with limited experience with personal computers and adaptive computer technology.