Date of Award


Document Status

Open Access

Degree Type


Degree Name

Occupational Therapy (M.S.)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Susan Cleghorn


Rationale: The profession of occupational therapy (OT) has an opportunity to positively impact health and wellness for community-dwelling older adults with the approaching global increase of the aging population (He, Goodkind, & Kowal, 2016). Objective: The purpose of this study was to explore occupational therapists’ use of health promotion and wellness approaches to facilitate healthy aging with community-dwelling older adults in a global context. Results: Four qualitative themes were uncovered: perceptions of older adults, safety, the role of OT, and preventive versus reactive care. Participants with 10 or more years of experience addressed spirituality in practice more often than those with less than 10 years of experience Implications: The results provide insight into the perspectives of global occupational therapists’ practice with community-dwelling older adults, and how the OT profession can increase awareness of the cultural impact on the OT process for the future development of OT practice.

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