The Most Important Activity and the Reasons for that Experience Reported by a Danish Population at Age 75 Years

Authors: Legarth, Karen Hedvig; Ryan, Susan; Avlund, Kirsten

Source: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Volume 68, Number 11, November 2005 , pp. 501-508(8)

Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists

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Abstract:

The aim of the study was to describe the activities that 75-year-old men and women indicate as most important and to reveal why they find them important.

The data were derived from a cross-sectional study of 748 Danish 75-year-old men and women, born in 1914. The people were interviewed at home by means of a questionnaire. The most important activity was revealed by an open-ended question: what is your most important activity? The answers were classified into three qualities: type, site and social relations. The participants were asked if the activity was important because it gave enjoyment, self-confidence, challenges, company, cooperation, usefulness, new skills and/or new experiences.

A majority of the participants reported physical and individual activities as the most important and the reasons given by most participants for stating their activity as most important were work enjoyment and usefulness. It was concluded that attention should be paid to older people's possibilities for having important activities.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

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    The 2012 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 1.096.

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