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Occupational Leadership to Facilitate Occupational Engagement in Older Adults With Visual Impairment

Nastasi, Julie Ann SCD, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: April/June 2015 - Volume 31 - Issue 2 - p 121–128
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000057
Original Articles

Research indicates that older adults with visual impairment experience self-imposed and societal restrictions in physical and social environments. The World Health Organization has identified a need to expand access to eye health services and to increase rehabilitation for individuals with visual impairment or blindness. Through the lens of occupational science, the models of Occupational Adaptation and Situational Leadership were examined to create a framework to promote occupational engagement. Occupational Leadership was developed from these models for health care practitioners to guide and facilitate the occupational engagement of older adults with visual impairment at the community level.

Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Correspondence: Julie Ann Nastasi, SCD, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA 18510 (

No disclosures for support. The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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