What is it about?

We surveyed occupational therapists about what they learn about sensory screening with older adults, and how relevant this information is for their work environment. The consensus was that more training is required, given the growth of this clientele.

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Why is it important?

Many health professionals assume that their clients can hear and see them, but in around one third of older adults this is not true, given age-related changes in the senses. Therefore, we need to make sure that rehabilitation professionals are aware of how to screen for sensory loss in their clients.


This was my first time to closely work with an occupational therapist on the team, and I was most delighted to discover more about the quality and qualifications this profession offers. The beginning of a likely long and fruitful collaboration.

Dr Walter Wittich
Universite de Montreal

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This page is a summary of: Screening for sensory impairment in older adults: Training and practice of occupational therapists in Quebec, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 2015, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0008417415573076.
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