The course takes place in period

1 (2019-08-01 to 2019-10-27)


Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

Students develop their skills in the field of
occupational therapy:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the
relationship between health and the right to be
active in the community, its environment and

Understand the elderly from a holistic
perspective, taking into account her mental,
physical and spiritual needs and abilities

Have knowledge and understanding of the
environment and its impact on occupational

Students develop their skills in terms of the
occupational therapy process and professional

Can implement the occupational therapy process
so that it meets the needs of the client,
containing activity challenges related to health,
social situations and / or the environment

Integrates professional reasoning with
knowledge of the client's history

Students develop their communication skills:

Creating a professional interaction and a
dialogue with the elderly

Learning outcomes

Students master the occupational therapy
process regarding the aging persons changed life
tasks and situations based on a health promotion

Students can select and use meaningful activities
to increase the aging persons occupational
performance and opportunities for involvement
and participation in everyday life.

Can apply a client-centered approach in
prevention and rehabilitation of the elderly

Can implement occupational therapy in
collaboration with the elderly

Can design the environment so that it supports
the older person's ability to perform activities

Can define activity abilities and resources of
older people with memory impairment and can
support occupational performance

The student writes a blogg for Inside.Arcada,
where she convays her knowledge about
occupational therapy knowledge of elderly

Course contents

Occupational therapy activities in prevention and
health promotion activities for the elderly

Prerequisites and co-requisites

First year courses, Activity and participation I,
Activity and participation for mental health

Additional information

The course includes international week, 10-14.2.2020
in period 3. Compulsory.

Recommended or required reading


Arola, L. A., Dellenborg, L., & Häggblom-Kronlöf,
G. (2017). Occupational perspective of health
among persons ageing in the context of migration.
Journal of Occupational Science, Volume 25, 2018
- Issue 1 1-11.

Arola, L. A., Mårtensson, L., & Häggblom Kronlöf,
G. (2016). Viewing oneself as a capable person ?
experiences of professionals working with older
Finnish immigrants. Scandinavian journal of
caring sciences.Volume31, Issue4 December 2017
Pages 759-767

Bryant their own words: a model of
healthy ageing. I: Social science & Medicine

Bundon, A. et al. (2011). Frail older adults
and patterns of exercise engagement:
understanding exercise behaviours as a means of
maintaining continuity of self. Qualitative
Research in Sports, Exercise and Health. Vol 3,
no 1, march, 33-47

Ekelund, C. et al. (2014). Self-determination
and older people ? A concept analysis. SJOT,
21: 116-124

Ekman centered care.I: European
journal of cardiovasuclar nursing 10(2011)248-251

Gallagher,Ann in the care of
older people ? a review of the theoretical and
empirical literature.BMC Nursing. 2008, Vol. 7, Special section p1-12. 12p.

Lindgren de Groot, G.C., Fagerström, L. (2011)
Older adults´ motivating factors and barriers
to exercise to prevent falls. SJOT, 18: 153-160

Nordenfelt,L. 2011.Om mänslig värdighet. (Elektronisk). Våralinstitutets Temtatiska rum: Att leva ed demens. Tillgäglig: External link

Provencher, V. et al. (2012). Frailty: A
concept under-utilised by occupational
therapists. AOTJ, 59: 328-331

Robeyns, I. 2003. The Capability Approach: An
Interdisciplinary Introduction. Journal of Human
Development. 6 (1), 93-114.

Turcotte, P-L. et al. (2015). Are
healthpromotion and prevention interventions
integrated into occupational therapy practice
with older adults having disabilities? Insights
from six community health settings in Quebec,
AOTJ, 62: 56-67

Szanton, S. (2011). Community Aging in Place,
Advancing Better Living for Elders: A Bio-
Behavioral-Environmental Intervention to
Improve. Function and Health-Related Quality of
Life in Disabled Older Adults, Vol. 59 Issue
12, 2314-2320.


Adams;Roberts;Cole.2010.Changes in activity and
interest in the third and fourth age: Associations
with health, functioning and depressive symptoms.
Occupational Therapy International.18(2011)4-17

Bondevik, M., Nygaard, H. 2005. Geriatrik ur
ett tvärproferssionellt perspectiv.
Studentlitteratur, Lund.

Bromseth & Siverskog.2013.LHBTQ personer och åldrande.

Byers-Connon, S. Lohman, H. Padilla. R. 2004.
Occupational therapy with elders : strategies
for the COTA. 2:nd edition.St Louis: Mosby.

Ekvall, A. 2010. Äldres hälsa och ohälsa. Kap
1,2,3,8.Studentlitteratur. Lund.

Gitlin, L., Corcoran, M. 2005. Occupational
Therapy and Dementia Care:the home environmental
skills-building program for individuals and
families AOTA. NY Albany. Boyd printing.

Hallberg&Hallberg.2018. Delaktighet för personer med
funktionsnedsättning. Studentlitteratur.

Mackey, H., Nancarrow, S. 2006. Enabling
independence: a guide for rehabilitation
workers. Blackwell publishing Ltd.

Mandel, Jackson, Zemke, Nelson, Clark. 1999.
Lifestyle Redesign, Implementing the well
elderly Program. AOTA inc.

Perrin,T., May,H. 2003. Wellbeing in dementiaan
occupational approach for therapists and carers.
Churchill Livingstone

Söderback, I. 2009. International Handbook of
Occupational Therapy Interventions. Springer
Kap.4, 5, 18, 19, 43, 45, 46, 51, 52

Turner, A., Foster, M., Johnson, S. 2007.
Occupational Therapy and Physical Dysfunction,
5 th ed. Churchill Livingstone.


Björk E-S. A Nordic Charter for Universal
Design. Scand J Public Health 2013.
DOI: 10.1177/1403494813500860

Handisam, myndigheten för handikappolitisk
samordning. Riv hindren. Riktlinjer för

Jönsson, B. (ed). Design side by side.
Studentlitteratur, Lund, 2006. Elektronisk
på: External link

Jönsson.B.2011.När horisonten flyttar sig. Att
gammal i en ny tid. Brombergs bokförlag.
Finns att låna på e-lib.

Nelson,T.D.2004. Ageism: Stereotyping and
prejudice against older persons. MIT press.(e-
book Arcada)

Pesola K. Esteettömyysopas. Mitä, miksi, miten.
Invalidiliiton julkaisuja. 2009.
Finns på adressen: External link

Ruskovaara A (eds). 2009. Rakennetun ympäristön
esteettömyyskartoitus. Opas kartoituksen
tilaajalle ja toteuttajalle. Invalidiliiton
julkaisuja 2009.

Tahkokallio P. Tulevaisuus on saavutettava. THL
julkaisuja ja DfA- verkosto. 2009

Study activities

  • Lectures - 15 hours
  • Excursions and demonstrations - 6 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 3 hours
  • Practical exercises - 5 hours
  • Small-group work - 35 hours
  • Individual studies - 45 hours
  • Seminars - 6 hours
  • - 20 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Groupwork, practical lectures, study-visits and
seminars are compulsory


  • Arola Annikki
  • Heidi Peri
  • Werner Tove


Werner Tove

Group size

No limit (10 students enrolled)

Assignments valid until

Until date 2020-03-22

The timetable of the course


Course enrolment period

2019-08-12 to 2019-09-08

Assessment methods

2018-10-13 - Reports and productions

Room reservations
Date Time Room Title Description Organizer
2019-08-28 10:00 - 11:30 B516 Aktivitet och delaktighet i sen vuxen ålder Kursintroduktion Peri Heidi
Werner Tove
2019-09-03 11:45 - 13:00 B516 Aktivitet och delaktighet i sen vuxen ålder Normalt åldrande, Lifestyle redesign Peri Heidi
2019-09-12 10:15 - 12:00 A503 Aktivitet och delaktighet i sen vuxen ålder Föreläsningserbjudande: Den äldre personen - Är jag en person då jag åldras? (TW) Werner Tove
2019-09-17 09:15 - 14:00 F363 Aktivitet och delaktighet i sen vuxen ålder Workshop: 9.15-12 Narrativ som stöd för förståelse av personens hälsa i vardagen (TW,HP) 12-13 Lunch 13-14 Handledning av examininationsuppgift Peri Heidi
Werner Tove
2019-09-24 09:15 - 11:00 B326 Aktivitet och delaktighet i sen vuxen ålder Föreläsningserbjudande: Kapabilitet (AA) Arola Annikki
2019-09-27 09:15 - 15:00 F363 Aktivitet och delaktighet i sen vuxen ålder 9.15-11.45: Föreläsningserbjudande: Äldre personer i utmanande/sårbara situationer (TW) 12.30-15: Gästföreläsare ET Nina Berglund, Esbo stad Werner Tove
2019-10-02 14:15 - 15:45 B326 Aktivitet och delaktighet i sen vuxen ålder Föreläsningserbjudande: Den äldre personen i samhället: Människosyn, ageism, delaktighet och påverkan Peri Heidi
2019-10-08 13:15 - 16:00 B326 Aktivitet och delaktighet i sen vuxen ålder Workshop: 13.15-15 kulturellt- och samhällsperspektiv 15-16 Handledning av examininationsuppgift Peri Heidi
Werner Tove
2019-10-14 08:15 - 16:00 Aktivitet och delaktighet i sen vuxen ålder Förberedelser inför seminarium 15.10 Werner Tove
2019-10-14 10:00 - 15:00 D4103 Aktivitet och delaktighet i sen vuxen ålder Peri Heidi
2019-10-15 13:15 - 16:00 C350 Aktivitet och delaktighet i sen vuxen ålder Slutseminarium Peri Heidi
Werner Tove
2020-02-10 09:00 - 16:00 A311 International Week Peri Heidi
Werner Tove
2020-02-11 09:00 - 16:00 A311 International Week Peri Heidi
Werner Tove
2020-02-12 09:00 - 16:00 A311 International Week Peri Heidi
Werner Tove
2020-02-13 09:00 - 16:00 A311 International Week Peri Heidi
Werner Tove
2020-02-14 09:00 - 13:00 B522 International Week Peri Heidi
Werner Tove

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