1. Collins, Kayla EdD
  2. Layne, Kelly OTD
  3. Schooley, Megann DPT
  4. Chase, Lisa PhD
  5. Faradj-Bakht, Sanaz OTD


Occupational and physical therapists have an opportunity to partner with community organizations to develop community-based programs to facilitate safe, effective engagement in physical activity and promote health and wellness practices for community-dwelling older adults. An interprofessional team of physical and occupational therapists partnered with a local organization to design, implement, and evaluate the use of a community-based wellness program for older adults called Fitness in the Parks. The investigators identified opportunities and barriers for developing and implementing sustainable, feasible, and effective community-based wellness programming for older adults and made recommendations for future program development.