Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Bernard Muriithi, PhD, OTR/L

Second Advisor

Brandi Fulwider, PhD, OTR/L


The baby boomer generation is the largest and most diverse population to ever age in America’s history. By the year 2030, the baby boomer population will reach 65 and older (American Counts Staff, 2019). Meaning every 1 in 5 individuals in the United States will be over 65 within the next decade (Rural Health Information Hub, n.d.). The Census Bureau projects that older adults are expected to outnumber children under 18 for the first time in America’s history by the year 2034 (American Counts Staff, 2019). For this reason, the National Alliance for Caregiving (2020) advocates for more policies, funding, and infrastructure to be in place for older adults, caregivers, and health care in general. The landscape of our health care system will need to evolve with the aging population. Aging in place (AIP) programs are a costeffective avenue to assist individuals to age safely. This presented doctoral student of occupational therapy (OT) capstone project aimed to provide AIP programs to communitydwelling older adults.