Occupational therapy is commonly regarded through the focus on adults and younger people, even though it is important to consider other groups of population, specifically elderly people. The relevance of this statement is enclosed in the awareness of the importance of occupational therapy practice for this group of population due to the fact of growing necessity for help these people manifest. The article by Clark, Azen, Zemke et al. (1996) provides an understanding of the problems of these people and indicates that occupational therapy has had significant positive influence on the subjects of the research. Among the questions that the study raises is that the subjects of the research exhibited either improvement or much slower decline in comparison to the control group. This indicates that the success of occupational therapy, although being overwhelming, was not comprehensive enough to suggest its absolute effectiveness.

This said, it is curious to research the reasoning for the different reaction of the subjects to the same occupational therapy practices. The relevance of this question is the potential to improve occupational therapy practices that would be aimed at this specific group of population to ensure its maximum efficiency. In theory, it would enable older adults to demonstrate no decline at all but improvement of their general condition on the number of set characteristics. The questions that should be considered along with this issue are asking what type of occupational therapy practices are to be used on the older adults and how to justify them in order to provide the best possible alternatives. This obviously necessitates the elaboration of a toolkit of occupational therapy practices that would consider not only age but also other demographic characteristics of the subjects altogether as a single system of research.