Graduation Date

5-2014

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Department or Program

Occupational Therapy

Department or Program Chair

Ruth Ramsey, Ed.D., OTR/L

First Reader

Ruth Ramsey, Ed.D., OTR/L

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to create a website to promote healthy aging at Dominican University of California. The website contains relevant information to promote healthy aging and publicizes Dominican University of California’s activities and programs centered around healthy aging. The design of this thesis is a virtual context project that focuses on occupation based resources for healthy aging and highlights the role of occupational therapy in health aging. The healthy aging website is currently located on the homepage of the Occupational Therapy Department of Dominican University of California website. The need for a Dominican University of California healthy aging website was driven by the lack of a virtual context that provides healthy aging information in one area. Dominican University of California has long been providing services of interest for older adults and healthy aging through community based programs in the occupational therapy and nursing departments, but did not have a website that promoted healthy aging. The Dominican University of California healthy aging website provides evidence-based, occupation centered resources that highlight the role and influence occupational therapy has in healthy aging. It is within the scope of Occupational Therapy to be advocates and educators in the prevention of disease and disability, and the promotion of healthy aging. The goal of this thesis project was to provide older adults, Dominican University of California health professions students, and the general public with access to the internet with a credible resource on all aspects of healthy aging.

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