Graduation Date


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Department or Program

Occupational Therapy

Department or Program Chair

Ruth Ramsey, EdD, OTR/L

First Reader

Kitsum Li, OTD, OTR/L


With the increasingly large population of older adults with low vision, many older adults would benefit from having a guide dog as an assistive device. When walking with a guide dog, different upper extremity muscles and postures are adopted to handle the guide dog. However, older adults with low vision may not be in the proper physical condition to meet the strenuous demands of handling a guide dog due to the normal aging process and decreased mobility. To prevent pain and injury, stretching and strengthening muscles used when handling a guide dog may benefit older adults before entering the Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) training program. The objective of the project is to improve older adults’ strength and endurance through the use of an evidence-based, occupational exercise video. The exercises within the video are integrated into daily life activities to promote habituation and adherence to the exercises.

Gearing Up for Guide Dogs Project Poster.pdf (10265 kB)
A poster for the Gearing Up for Guide Dogs: An Exercise Video Project