Continuing our jubilee year theme of Older Adults and SI, here’s a paper* on The relationship between sensory-processing patterns and occupational engagement among older persons published by The Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy in 2017.
The study comprised 180 people, aged between 50 to 73 years and living in their own homes, completing the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile and the Activity Card Sort. The authors found that better registration of sensory input and greater sensory seeking were related to greater occupational engagement.
The authors called for further research in this area and suggested that occupational therapists should encourage older people to seek sensory input and provide them with rich sensory environments for enhancing meaningful engagement in real life.
*Engel-Yeger, B., & Rosenblum, S. (2017). The relationship between sensory-processing patterns and occupational engagement among older persons: La relation entre les schèmes d’intégration sensorielle et la participation occupationnelle chez les personnes âgées. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 84(1), 10–21. https://doi.org/10.1177/0008417417690415
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