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Older adults report they disengage from adventurous leisure activities as they age, such as camping, because it becomes more physically difficult to complete and it is challenging to find peers willing to participate. A study was developed to determine strengths and challenges (if any) older adults (65+) experience while participating in the occupation of camping. Mixed methods virtual surveys (n=64) and semi structured interviews (n=19) were implemented to develop qualitative and quantitative data. The results were categorized into five themes: barriers and challenges affecting participation in camping, camping for socialization, upgrade in accommodation for increased “creature comforts”, camping as a tradition, and the benefits of camping as an older adult. The results were then used to develop the website. The website is a useful tool for older adults to use when planning a camping trip for the first time or looking for activity adaptions to continue participation in camping. The goal of the website is to increase the client’s personal causation towards camping and therefore increase engagement.

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University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Medical Subject Headings

Camping, Aged, Adults, Socialization, Occupational Therapy, Leisure Activities, Surveys and Questionnaires


Geriatrics | Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Fall 2020 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on December 11, 2020.

Increasing Engagement in the Occupation of Camping for Older Adults