Call for formal training in activities for older people
The importance of quality activities for older people, and the recognition of the role of the activities organiser, was highlighted at a recent conference organised by Care Choices in conjunction with the National Association of Providers of Activities for Older People (NAPA). At the conference NAPA chairman Margaret Butterworth proposed a formal training programme leading to a recognised award for activities organisers. Newly appointed part-time director of training with NAPA Dr Tessa Perrin, a senior occupational therapy practitioner, said research showed that people who are deprived of activity become anti-social and withdrawn, leading to illness and depression. I believe that when people stop engaging in activities, they start dying,” Dr Perrin said. Occupational therapists Rosemary Hurtley and Hazel May said an activities culture in the residential care setting was vital and that a higher profile should be given to the role of the activities organiser.