Virginia (Ginny) Stoffel; Engagement, Exploration, Empowerment. Am J Occup Ther 2015;69(6):6906140010. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2015.696002
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Engagement, exploration, and empowerment are significant practice strategies used by occupational therapy practitioners as a means of getting to know what matters to clients and how to facilitate their participation in everyday life. Applied to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as an organization, professional engagement, exploration of new service contexts, and empowerment of members to take an active role in shaping the profession's future are examined. This address, given at the 2015 AOTA Annual Convention & Expo, looks to the future in terms of engaging greater numbers of members; participating in Vision 2025, a strategic planning initiative that will be unveiled at the 2016 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo; and empowering members to achieve excellence in occupational therapy.
the ability to drive, read, write, watch television, cook, and do housework. Activities that used to be fun and fulfilling may begin to be burdensome or even impossible. With loss of the ability to drive and navigate unfamiliar places, it becomes easier to stay at home than to see friends or meet new people. All of this takes a toll on mental health, and past studies have found that as many as one-third of people with bilateral age-related macular degeneration develop clinical depression. (NIH, 2014, para. 2–3)
Focus on doing what you enjoy, know that when you don’t do these activities you might become depressed, so go ahead and reengage in doing what you enjoy. I’ll help train you to use low vision devices, make changes in your home such as lighting and high-contrast tape so that you can do what is important and meaningful to you, and at the same time increase your social activities; together, we’ll break your personal goals into more manageable steps.
The small experiences of everyday life and everyday occupation have complexity, beauty, meaningfulness, and relevance to health and well-being that belie their aura of ordinariness and routine. For in the unique and small experiences that comprise each individual’s daily life, we, as occupational therapy personnel, can derive deep understandings about the nature of the lived occupational experiences of human beings and about human occupation more broadly. (p. 630)
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