The concept of meaningful activities has been associated predominantly with residential aged care. However, supporting older people to continue to take part in meaningful activities as part of their daily lives, is important to maintaining independent living in the community as well. This topic will enable students to differentiate between core and balanced activities, obligatory, committed, and discretionary activities, and how to support older people, including older people with cognitive impairment, to maintain the activities that are most meaningful to them in both community and residential settings.
This topic aims to introduce students to key concepts relevant to understanding meaningful activities. In presenting current issues in the research literature specific to meaningful activities, the topic aims to facilitate creative thinking and student skills in analysis of issues in relation to ways in which elders participation in meaningful activities is enhanced and/or inhibited. In emphasising a person-centred, culturally responsive approach to developing opportunities for and supporting the participation of older people and people with dementia, students will develop skills in working collaboratively and in reflective practice.