Work and the Older Person: Increasing Longevity and Well-Being

Linda A Hunt, PhD OTR/L FAOTA ; Caroline Wolverson, DipCOT DipHT MSc

  • $65.95
  • ISBN 10 1-61711-078-7
  • ISBN 13 978-1-61711-078-8
  • 176 pp Soft Cover
  • Pub. Date: 2015
  • Order# 30788
Part exploration, part knowledge building, and part narration, Work and the Older Person: Increasing Longevity and Well-Being draws on the latest research from a variety of disciplines and resources to paint a complete picture of productivity in old age. Dr. Linda A. Hunt and Caroline E. Wolverson, along with 11 contributors, discuss the relationship between work and aging and highlight the importance of working into old age.

Each chapter of Work and the Older Person focuses on narratives from older workers that support the evidence presented with personal stories. These stories illustrate the opportunities, challenges, frustrations, and choices that older people face in maintaining a productive lifestyle. Simultaneously, the text highlights current events and the economy largely within Western societies and discusses the struggle some countries have supplying the financial benefits paid to retirees. Overall, the text shows how working into old age can contribute to longevity and greater quality of life.

Occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, gerontologists, social workers, psychologists, and those working with older people in the health and social care sector will appreciate the inspiring accounts from older workers discussing how work contributes to their self-identity, quality of life, health, and well-being.

Work and the Older Person: Increasing Longevity and Well-Being shows how engaging in occupations brings purpose to people’s lives. The text will be of value to all professionals working with older adults, as well as older adults themselves looking to maintain a productive lifestyle.

About the Editors 
Contributing Authors 

Chapter 1 A Historical Perspective  
Michael Wolverson, BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), MSC, RNMH, PGCE, RNT

Chapter 2 An Occupational Science Perspective  
Jane Cronin-Davis, PhD, MSc (Crim Psych), BHSc (Hons), BSc (Hons), BA, PGCAP, FHEA and Caroline Wolverson, DipCOT, DipHT, MSc

Chapter 3 Theories of Aging  
Linda A. Hunt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Chapter 4 Social Justice and the Older Worker  
Susan Magasi, PhD; Denise M. Nepveux, PhD, OTR/L;
and Aimée Thompson, BSc (Hons)

Chapter 5 Aging, Disability, and Work 
Nancy E. Krusen, PhD, OTR/L; Linda A. Hunt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA;
and Caroline Wolverson, DipCOT, DipHT, MSc

Chapter 6 Well-Being and Employment  
Linda A. Hunt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Chapter 7 Ergonomics and the Older Person  
Jeff Snodgrass, PhD, MPH, OTR/L

Chapter 8 Cognitive Benefits of Working  
Ross Andel, PhD

Chapter 9 Volunteering  
Caroline Wolverson, DipCOT, DipHT, MSc

Chapter 10 Technology’s Impact on the Way Older People Work and Socialize  
Laura Dimmler, PhD, MHA; Erin E. Hunt, BS;
and Caroline Wolverson, DipCOT, DipHT, MSc

Chapter 11 Finding New Work and Reinventing Oneself  
Marian Arbesman, PhD, OTR/L

Chapter 12 Sustainability  
Caroline Wolverson, DipCOT, DipHT, MSc
and Linda A. Hunt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Chapter 13 Work, Legacy, and a Personal Reflection 
Linda A. Hunt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Financial Disclosures
“Overall, the book clearly presents the perspective that a positive relationship exists between an intellectually stimulating work environment and cognitive health that goes beyond genetics. Interwoven throughout the book are the themes of successful aging, meaningful occupation, and the importance of feeling needed and useful.” 
                 -Louise Arpin, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy 


“Overall, the current and relevant subject area, readability, and affordable price make the text an appropriate resource for all levels of professionals, including students who are learning about the aging population.”

-          Dr. Megan Foti and Kristie Martino, Stockton University, Occupational Therapy In Health Care

Linda A. Hunt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is from St. Louis, Missouri and now lives in Oregon and Montana. She studies aging and directs the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals. In addition, she teaches a curriculum on aging and its impact on engagement in activities for occupational therapy programs at Pacific University and Chatham University. This book idea originated with Linda’s love of older people, and the experiences of her mother, Bess Fine, who worked past age 70, and her aunt, Evelyn Myers, who volunteered past age 80. Both were role models for Linda. They inspired a work ethic. They taught her that engaging in work brings passion, purpose, and satisfaction to life.

Caroline Wolverson, DipCOT, DipHT, MSc, is from Yorkshire, England and is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at York St John University. She worked as an occupational therapist for 16 years in a variety of settings, and now teaches in the undergraduate occupational therapy program and masters-level Professional Health and Social Care studies.

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