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.
Author Barbara Wilhite, M. Jean Keller, Linda Caldwell
Volume Vol 33, No 2 (1999)