Exploring the Occupational Needs of Well Older Adults in Singapore
(2016) Exploring the Occupational Needs of Well Older Adults in Singapore, no. 81.
Health promotion has for long been considered a sustainable solution to the shifting demographics of an ageing population in Singapore. With increasing cost of healthcare and a lower tax base, government policies are now looking towards a future of Successful and Active ageing to alleviate these growing concerns. As a profession, occupational therapists are equipped with the skills to promote health, and prevent disease and disability through meaningful occupations across the lifespan. However, current evidence show gaps in knowledge regarding the occupational needs of older adults in Singapore, which is essential for the client-centred practice. This study will thus, explore the occupational needs of well older adults using a generic qualitative approach. Semistructured interviews will be employed to understand the relationship between older adults and their need to engage in purposeful occupations. Findings generated from this study will enhance the evidence-based practice of occupational therapy and holds the potential to guide policy makers involving older adults in Singapore.