COVID-19

COVID-19 is causing widespread disruption to daily life for people across the world. While supporting social distancing restrictions to keep our communities safe, we also need to be mindful of how these current changes can impact on other aspects of health: including our mental health, fitness and occupational health. This guide discusses aspects of daily life — things that you probably always took for granted and now are having to re-think. An occupational therapy framework is used to consider how productivity, leisure, self-care, your space, routine and roles may be impacted and to present suggestions and examples of how to adapt and manage the disruptions. This has been designed to help everyday people adapt to the changes. A poster is also available for use in clinics or other public spaces. The links and/or pdf guide and poster may be shared freely.

Guide: English or French

Poster: https://bit.ly/2xVuUEu

We also remind you to keep updated with the latest information and suggestion issued by WHO Europe – http://www.euro.who.int/en/home

Call for Abstracts: 30th Alzheimer Europe Conference in Bucharest, Romania

Alzheimer Europe and Societatea Română Alzheimer are calling for abstracts for the upcoming 30th Alzheimer Europe Conference in Bucharest, Romania.
Abstracts for oral and poster presentations in English are welcome in the following categories:
    • People
      • Carers of people with dementia
      • Minority ethnic groups
      • Dementia and sexuality
      • Involving people with dementia
    • Care approaches
      • Post-diagnostic support
      • Psychosocial interventions
      • Assistive technologies
      • Palliative care
    • Care services
      • Memory clinics and centres
      • Acute and hospital care
      • Day and respite care
      • Training of care professionals
    • Medical and public health aspects
      • Diagnosis
      • Risk factors and prevention
      • Young onset dementia
      • Genetics
    • Policy
      • Awareness campaigns
      • National dementia strategies
      • Supporting family carers
      • Legal and ethical issues
The call for abstracts will close on 15 May 2020. Click here for more information.

New Publication by OT-Europe Experts

This book focuses on evidence-based occupational therapy in the care of older adults in different clinical settings, from home to acute hospital, from intensive care unit to rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. Occupational therapy has progressively developed as a new discipline aiming to improve the daily life of individuals of different ages, from children to older adults. 

The book first reviews the interaction between occupational therapy and geriatrics and then discusses in depth how occupational therapy interventions are applied in the community, in the acute hospital and in the nursing home. It highlights the key role of occupational therapy in the management of frail patients, including critically ill older patients and persons with dementia, and describes in detail how to maintain occupational therapy interventions across different settings to avoid the fragmentation of care.

The ageing population requires new innovative approaches to improve the quality of life, and as such this book provides clinicians with handy, key information on how to implement occupational therapy in the daily clinical care of older adults based on the current scientific evidence. 

For more information: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030357306#aboutBook

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