Author

Sara Ruggiero

Year of Publication

2012

Date of Thesis

12-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Occupational Therapy

Subject Categories

Older people -- orientation and mobility; Quality of life

Abstract

Older adults face many lifestyle changes. A primary challenge for older individuals, the healthcare system, and the general public is decreased community mobility due to driving cessation or limited transportation for senior citizens. The purpose of this study was to explore the community mobility habits of senior citizens and to examine the relationships between driving status and community mobility as related to quality of life, perceived autonomy, and health. Quantitative data from 28 participants was collected through the use of three tools: a Participant Demographics Form, the Quality of Life Index [QOLI], and a researcher-developed survey, the Autonomy Index Measurement Survey [AIMS]. No statistically significant relationships between drivers and non-drivers and health, quality of life, or perceived autonomy were found. Statistically significant relationships were found between specific health conditions, quality of life, and perceived autonomy.

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