Occupational functioning and adaptation

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Professor

Toshiko Futaki, OTR, Ph.D.

Our research team pursues the useful way of evaluation and support for the productive, meaningful and fulfilling life of people with physical and/or cognitive impairment and community-dwelling frail older adults. We explore the individual’s needs and evaluate the effect of our practice. In addition, we study hemodynamic changes in the prefrontal cortex during activation due to cognitive tasks by using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), and develop the virtual reality system for assessment and training of cognitive function.

Research and Education

From the research, we would like to encourage people carry out the valuable activities and roles for each individual in daily life, even if they have any impairment or disability. Our research in this field includes development of the supporting system to evaluate the ability of living safely and comfortably for community-dwelling frail older adults. We take the culture they have experienced into consideration and consider how to provide them with occupational therapy services effectively in Japanese regional community.

Our overarching concern is to create the new useful neuropsychological and physical measure that reflects the ability to do daily activities and participate in the social place in the field of cognitive rehabilitation. We try to build on the evidence of rehabilitation/ Occupational Therapy and improve our skill and knowledge by doing research in people with hemi-paralysis, hyper-brain dysfunctions, frailty and others.

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Photo1. Activity analysis

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Publications

1. Umaba, C., Sewo Sampaio, P. Y., Okahashi, S., Koyama, M., Nomura, T., Futaki, T. (2013) The “meaningful occupations” and self-restrain activities due to the fear of falling among community-dwelling older adults in Japan. Health Science: Annual Reports of Human Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University. in press.

2. Yamaguchi, N., Osaki, S., Futaki, T. (2011) The Activation in a Prefrontal Area at the Time of Alternating Tasks Enforcement Related to the Age, Performance and Task : A Study in the Used of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. Health Science: Annual Reports of Human Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University. 7: 9-16. (in Japanese)

3. Maehara, K., Futaki, T., Shirai, H. (2011) A study of ADL navigation systems for older adults with cognitive decline: A video demonstration. The Journal of Japanese Association of Occupational Therapists. 30(2): 201-212. (in Japanese)

4. Nomura, T, Futaki, T. (2010) Relationship between fear of falling and arm movements in the elderly women: A preliminary study. Niigata Journal of Health and Welfare. 10(1): 42-47.

5. Nomura, T, Futaki, T. (2010) Preliminary study of the relationship between fear of falling and ability to sit on the floor. Journal of Physical Education and Medicine. 11(1): 9-26.

Laboratory

Professor: Toshiko Futaki

Assistant Professor: Sayaka Okahashi

TEL: +81-75-751-3958

FAX: +81-75-751-3958

e-mail:futaki.toshiko.2c atmark kyoto-u.ac.jp