Date of Paper/Work


Type of Paper/Work

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Dr. Stephanie de Sam Lazaro


Doctor of Occupational Therapy


The number of older adults in the U.S. is estimated to reach 1 billion by 2030 (United States Census Bureau, 2018). As individuals, they ma experience changes in our health. Some common disabilities experienced by older adults over 65 years old include vision loss, risk of falls, hearing difficulties, cognitive impairments, reduced independence, and difficulties with self-care tasks, all of which can create barriers to independent living (U.S. Census Bureau, 2018). Many older adults also experience chronic disease and complex health needs that can be difficult to manage independently while living in the community. To support healthy aging and good quality of life in older adulthood it is important to engage in health and wellness programs such as fall prevention, and other health education programs to promote positive health behaviors and improved outcomes. To improve service delivery and maximize time and resources, interventions and education for older adults should be targeted to increase older adults’ health and wellness knowledge and to facilitate positive health behavior change.