An introductory prologue to this issue’s theme: rehabilitation across the life span.
Critical research approaches are gaining in popularity in the rehabilitation sciences and yet there remains some confusion regarding the meaning of “critical” and its applications to research and practice. While a burgeoning interdisciplinary literature is available explaining critical approaches, very little of this work is specific to the rehabilitation context
Those living with aphasia can experience social isolation, loss of autonomy, and stigmatization. Aphasia camps are designed to target loneliness and encourage inclusivity. Not only have aphasia camps been shown to accomplish these goals, they have given the attendees a renewed sense of purpose.
Many of the foundational premises upon which rehabilitation is built – function, dis/ability, and life course stage – are socially-constructed, but to what degree do we recognize these core concepts as such? This commentary raises the question: How can we understand function, dis/ability and life course stage differently to better align rehabilitation with the priorities and values of many different people and places?
Providing regular, managed access to alcohol as rehabilitation might seem counter-intuitive, but research is demonstrating that participation in Managed Alcohol Programs (MAPs) decreases the harms associated with heavy alcohol consumption and improves participants’ access to adequate health, rehabilitation and housing supports. So how might MAPs be expanded into community settings other than shelters?
Most people are aware that physical activity decreases risk of illnesses such diabetes and heart attack, but as this review demonstrates the adage “movement as medicine” also applies to maintaining brain health across the life span. Author Lauren Bechard reviews research to date on how exercise may reduce risk of dementia and other neurological conditions.
For individuals with developmental disabilities, navigating new realms of life in the transition from adolescence to adulthood can be especially challenging due to fewer available employment options. This editorial profiles local community organizations that are putting research on workplace integration into practice by matching individuals with developmental disabilities with meaningful volunteer and employment opportunities.