Work and the Older Person: Increasing Longevity and Wellbeing

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

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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
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“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

About the Editors

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.