The Let's Go Program for Community Participation: A Feasibility Study

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Community participation positively influences health and wellness. As individuals age, chronic disease and changes in physical and cognitive capacities may influence community participation in older adults resulting in social isolation, depression, and decreased health. Aims: The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of implementing Let's Go, a four-week multimodal community mobility program designed to prevent decline in community participation in older adults (≥60 years old) living in an urban area who self-identified as having difficulty with community mobility. Methods: Using a pre-post measure design, participants' (N = 7) knowledge, confidence, and participation in community mobility were evaluated. Results: All participants increased their knowledge of alternative transportation options and their confidence in community mobility. The majority of participants maintained or increased their autonomy outdoors and social participation (85.71%) and increased the frequency of community trips (85.71%). Conclusions: A multimodal community mobility program can increase community participation in older adults who report community mobility deficits. Additional studies are needed to support these findings. © 2014 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.

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Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics

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