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Aged Care Glossary

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Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy is a health profession which helps individuals gain, or regain, skills which are essential for that person's happy, safe and meaningful existence.  Occupational therapists are skilled in functional assessment and rehabilitation, promoting independence in tasks at home, work and in the community.


Osteoarthritis is a chronic breakdown of cartilage in the joints; the most common form of arthritis occurring usually after middle age.


Osteoporosis is the abnormal loss of bony tissue resulting in fragile porous bones attributable to a lack of calcium; most common in postmenopausal women

Overflow incontinence

Overflow incontinence is a small leak of urine associated with an overfull bladder that does not empty properly.