Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Susan MacDermott, OTD, OTR/L, Doctoral Coordinator
Becki Cohill, OTD, OTR/L, Doctoral Coordinator
Erin Schwier, EdD, OTD, OTR/L, Program Director
Medical Subject Headings
COVID-19, Aged, Social Participation, Social Behavior, Occupational Therapy, Needs Assessment,
COVID-19 brought about social distancing mandates that posed as a new barrier to meaningful social participation in the community. The purpose of this project was to understand the impact of social distancing on older adults and senior organizations to better inform the role of OT in helping seniors adapt towards a new normal within the community. A qualitative study and needs assessment were performed through phone interviews with seniors and organizations that support them from around the United States. Themes highlighted seniors desire for social contact and cautious return to the community once mandates are lifted. Both seniors and organizations were accepting towards a new normal.
Jivan, Salina, "Understanding the Impact of Social Distancing on Older Adults and Senior Centers to Better Adapt Towards a New Normal" (2020). Student Capstone Projects. 30.