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Leisure programs and older people in care


Author: Patterson, I., Pegg, S.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1998


Over the last decade, owners and directors of aged care facilities have become increasingly concerned about the provision of recreation and leisure services that focus on improving the quality of life of ageing people in residential settings. These types of services endeavour to promote positive feelings of enjoyment, satisfaction and wellness, using a variety of leisure activities which are based on the individual needs of clients. This paper emphasises that it is important for all staff working in aged care settings to be supportive, and to have at least a basic understanding of the benefits and types of leisure activities and programs which are appropriate for older adults. Benefits of leisure activities for older people in residential care include encouraging increased feelings of perceived control and independence through addressing resident needs and achieving feelings of success which helps contribute to life satisfaction; to enhance the mental functioning and health of older people who are suffering from dementia through reminiscence and life review techniques; and social interaction through encouraging the development and maintenance of friendships which contributes to morale, adjustment, and life satisfaction.

Further Details

Full Title: Geriaction
Pages: 24-8
Volume: 16
Issue: 3
Accession Number: 27.5.03
Keywords: older, cognitive
Reads: 298