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 activities. 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 performance Students develop their skills in terms of the occupational therapy process and professional reasoning: 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 approach. 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

Referenslitteratur: 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 53(2001)927-941 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: 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. Studentlitteratur. 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 Ltd. 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 tillgänglighet.2012 Jönsson, B. (ed). Design side by side. Studentlitteratur, Lund, 2006. Elektronisk version på: ebyside/ Jönsson.B.2011.När horisonten flyttar sig. Att bli 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: julkaisut/oppaita_ja_suunnitteluohjeita/ 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

Home page of the course

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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