Date of Award

2015

Degree Type

Capstone (Entry-Level OTD)

Degree Name

Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Abstract

Adventures Without Limits (AWL), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization emphasizing the spiritual dimensions of contact with the natural world, focuses on fostering conscious efforts to heal, enrich, and expand the human spirit (Adventures Without Limits, 2014). Data collected from informal interviews, observation, and survey responses regarding implementation of newly created older adult specific programming indicated an increase in overall mood, establishment of new friendships between participants within the community, increased desire to participate in nature-based physical activities, and increased feelings of empowerment in older adult participants, indicating a need for additional recreation-based services targeted towards this growing population.

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