The transition to retirement is a life stage that puts daily life to the test by changing roles and occupations. This paper questions the legitimacy of occupational therapists’ intervention to positively support people in this transition.
A quantitative study of thirty-two young retirees explored their life balance and their involvement in meaningful activities. Their need for support and their knowledge of occupational therapy were also explored. At the same time, a qualitative survey was carried out, based on the analysis of seven semi-directive interviews with four occupational therapists, two medical doctors and a psychologist working in the field of prevention with senior citizens. Its results reflect the healthcare professionals’ interest in developing a preventive and occupational approach to the transition to retirement. They support the modalities of this approach by emphasizing interprofessionality.
Social factors’ influence is developed under discussion. It is also up to occupational science to promote the role of occupational therapy in this area of prevention.
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