The American Occupational Therapy Foundation is committed to advancing the science of occupational therapy to support people's full participation in meaningful life activities.
Everyday activities, or occupations, range from the ordinary acts of getting coffee in the morning to reading a good bedtime novel, and everything in between. Such activities are the essence of life. They define who we are and provide the experiences and memories that give life meaning.
So rich is the fabric of everyday life that it is small wonder that there is a profound relationship between what people do and their health and well-being. No medical term or diagnosis can adequately describe how people experience health or disease. When illness or injuries occur, what matters most to people is the manner in which these interfere with daily life. This is the simple, yet important principle behind occupational therapy. Occupational therapy addresses conditions that limit full participation in life.
To learn more about the latest developments showing the relationship between daily occupations and health, please visit the Resources section of our web site.