Occupational balance as described by older workers over the age of 65

Pia Hovbrandt, Gunilla Carlsson, Kerstin Nilsson, Maria Albin, Carita Håkansson

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Occupational balance promotes health, knowledge about occupational balance among older workers is important. This qualitative study aimed to describe occupational balance among older workers in Sweden. Six focus groups and two individual interviews were conducted with 26 workers, aged 65 years and older. The findings showed that drawing on abilities and resources, a harmonious mix of occupations, as well as congruence with values and personal meaning contributed to the participants’ occupational balance. From a work perspective, organizational factors such as support from managers and having the freedom to influence work tasks, as well as work time, also contributed to occupational balance. The participants changed their occupational pattern to achieve a more harmonious mix of occupations. This change was based on values and experience derived through the meaning of occupations, and on abilities and resources. Enabling older people to achieve occupational balance and promoting health may contribute to possibilities for an extended working life and active ageing.
Sidor (från-till)40-52
Antal sidor13
TidskriftJournal of Occupational Science
StatusPublicerad - 2019
Externt publiceradJa

Nationell ämneskategori

  • Arbetsmedicin och miljömedicin (30303)


  • Active ageing
  • Ageism
  • Occupational balance
  • Occupational science
  • Older workers
  • Productivity


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