Date of Award

11-29-2016

Degree Type

Project- Restricted to GVSU

Degree Name

Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

Department

Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Susan Cleghorn

Abstract

As adults age, they are faced with choices regarding where they choose to reside such as their own home or community and institutionalized care (Hager, 2012). Aging in place (AIP) is a term that describes older adults living in a residence of their choosing, while maintaining quality of life, and having access to any services, which they might need (Hager, 2012). Older adults have a clear preference for aging in place when given the choice (Hogan, Ortman, & Velkoff, 2014).

Occupational therapy is one of several services that can provide support to older adults who wish to AIP. Preventative care, home modifications, and educational programs are among the key strategies used to promote AIP (Yamashita, López, Keene, & Kinney, 2015). Specifically, educational programs have been proven effective in teaching adults AIP strategies (Yamashita et al., 2015). There is an opportunity for research regarding the effects of educational programs with older adults’ ability to AIP (Hildenbrand & Lamb, 2013).

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