AffiliationUniversity of Southern Indiana
TitleAging in Place
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This presentation analyzes the topic of aging in place in the United States and investigates the role occupational therapy currently plays in its execution as well as demonstrates future opportunities for further impact. The presentation defines aging in place as well as its key terms and presents on challenges and barriers facing older adults attempting to age in place in society today. Through review of current literature, this presentation provides examples of current occupations older adults need and want to perform while aging in place and possible occupational therapy interventions that can promote successful performance of those occupations. Additionally, this presentation discusses the use of smart home technology in aging in place, provides examples of said technology, and examines older adult’s perceptions regarding perceived benefits versus concerns. The presentation seeks to provide increased awareness to the general public about the geriatric population’s needs during the process of aging as well as provide knowledge and resources to the geriatric population to ensure older adults understand what aging in place truly means and the consequences related to that decision.