Optimizing Lifelong Health and Well- Being: A Health Enhancing Model of Therapeutic Recreation

Authors

  • Barbara Wilhite
  • M. Jean Keller
  • Linda Caldwell

Keywords:

Therapeutic Recreation, Selective Optimization with Compensation, Health Enhancement, Life Course Approach, Healthy Leisure Lifestyle

Abstract

The Optimizing Lifelong Health through Therapeutic Recreation model is presented and discussed as part of the ongoing dialogue regarding new approaches to conceptualizing and delivering therapeutic recreation services. Through the elements of selecting, optimizing, compensating, and evaluating (Bakes & Baltes, 1990), therapeutic recreation specialists work with individuals who have illness, disease, and/or lifelong disability to achieve and maintain leisure lifestyles that will enhance their health and well-being across the life course. Strengths of the model, as well as ideas for its continued developed, are addressed.

Published

1999-04-24

Issue

Section

Special Issue