• What is the Impact of the Quality and Quantity of Available Leisure Activities on Quality of Life for Older Adults in Long-term Care Facilities?

      Fleming, Martha; Silveira, Jeramie (2021-04-10)
      The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2019) reports that in 2014 there were 46.3 million Americans aged 65 years or older and estimates that by 2060 the older adult population will rise to 98 million Americans, indicating the population of older adults in the United States is growing. Leisure participation becomes a significant occupation in the daily lives of older adults when work roles are no longer performed (Fallahpour, Borell, Luborsky, & Nygard, 2016). Changes in health and relationships can impact an older adult’s ability to participate in leisure activities (Fernandez-Mayoralas et al., 2015). The purpose of this study is to better understand the role leisure participation plays in the perceived life satisfaction of older adults living in long-term care settings. Participants will be older adults aged 65 or older who reside in long-term care units of skilled nursing facilities. Using an exploratory correlational survey design, participants will complete a paper survey on the quality of leisure activities, the quantity of leisure activities available, and their perceived quality of life. Potential limitations include a small sample size and lack of generalizability. Anticipated results may impact occupational therapy practice by providing evidence to support occupational therapy intervention to address participation in meaningful leisure activities for older adults in long-term care facilities. Objectives:• Describe the significance of participating in leisure activities for older adults • Discuss barriers that may impact an older adult’s ability to participate in leisure activities • Identify the benefits of participating in meaningful leisure activities for older adults