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Submission Date


Document Type

Entry Level Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

First Mentor

Carole Ware

Second Mentor

Mariana D’Amico, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA


The capstone project was creating an eight-week physical wellness program for community-dwelling seniors at the Senior Sunshine Center, a local senior center, that improved the social, physical, and mental well-being of those participating. The project population is community-dwelling senior adults over 55 who participate at the Sunshine Senior Center, and the focus areas are program development. The capstone project adds to the limited research about physical activity programs created by occupational therapists for community-dwelling older adults. Lastly, it highlights the importance of physical, mental, and social well-being for community-dwelling older adults. My capstone goals were met by using a pre and post-program development survey that asked the members about their overall mood and any changes related to their physical and social well-being. The occupational therapy implications related to the capstone project are more occupational therapists doing program development related to psychosocial well-being and leisure exploration.