Retirement communities; Older people--Care--United States; Older people--Services for--United States; Adult children of aging parents--Family relationships--United States


Aging in place focuses on remaining safely and independently in the home and community and has emerged as a goal for many older adults. With the population of baby boomers entering old age, it is important for communities to take into account the overall needs of older adults seeking to age in place. Family members, as part of this community, have an important role as well. This project created a website to educate adult children of independently living older adults, who live at a distance, on the importance of aging in place and how to help their parents remain within their preferred community. The website included background information about aging in place, occupational therapy, and long distance family caregivers. Other specific sections emphasized simple home modifications, health management, work and leisure, age-related changes, and livable communities. The online resource was made freely available, and after browsing through the resource, visitors could begin applying the information and supporting their parents in maintaining a productive and meaningful life. In the future, community-based and non-profit organizations that support aging in place can refer people to the website, thus increasing the sustainability of the project.

First Advisor

Tatiana Kaminski, PhD, OTR/L

Second Advisor

Lucretia A. Berg, MSOT, OTR/L

Third Advisor

George S. Tomlin, PhD, OTR/L

Date of Completion

Spring 2012

Degree Type







Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Date of Award



Occupational Therapy


University of Puget Sound

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