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Experiences of daily occupations at 99 years of age.

Journal article
Authors Greta Häggblom Kronlöf
John Hultberg
Bo G. Eriksson
Ulla Sonn
Published in Scandinavian journal of occupational therapy
Volume 14
Issue 3
Pages 192-200
ISSN 1103-8128
Publication year 2007
Published at Department of Sociology
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Audiology, Logopedics, Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy
Pages 192-200
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1080/1103812060112444...
Subject categories Occupational Therapy, Technology and social change, Older people and ageing

Abstract

The aim was to explore experiences of daily occupations among the oldest old. Ten 99-year-old persons were interviewed in their living environment about an ordinary day. The interviews were analysed according to the phenomenographic approach. The result showed that participants regarded themselves as competent and that they felt proud because they were involved in daily occupations. Being challenged was experienced as a way of performing difficult tasks, thus being confirmed as a capable person who performs and learns new things. The participants' occupational patterns preserve occupational ability and continuity in life in that they have a rhythm and allow the individuals to predict and handle interruptions. Participants experienced being incapable and being restricted as a result of personal, environmental, and social hindrances. The participants adapted to and reshaped their sense of self, which has been disrupted due to the discrepancy between self, the person's ability, and the real world "outside". Experience of daily occupation is unique, supports the sense of self, builds identities, and describes engagement and creative processes. Individual experience must be recognized as it can mean the difference between success and failure in maintaining meaningful daily occupation.

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