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"bliib gsund": a occupational therapy based health promotion program for persons 60+

At a glance

  • Project leader : Prof. Dr. Julie Page
  • Project team : Verena Biehl
  • Project budget : CHF 60'890
  • Project status : completed
  • Funding partner : Third party (Linth Praxen GmbH), Other (ErgotherapeutInnen-Verband Schweiz EVS), Foundation (Stiftung für Ergotherapie Zürich)
  • Project partner : ergoalltag - Praxis für Ergotherapie GmbH, Linth Praxen GmbH
  • Contact person : Verena Biehl


The healthpromotion programm "bliib gsund" was conducted in a new center for prevention in Linthal (canton Glarus), where practitioners, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists and a fitness instructor are envolved. Abroad, the program was already conducted successfully (like USA, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Austria etc.) and the feasability should now be proofen for Switzerland. The program's aim is to identify and promote meaningful occupation in 60 +, healthy people's daily life and to foster their health literacy. The project was realized in cooperation between the leading local practitioner, occupational therapists from ergoalltag and the ZHAW, research & development occupational therapy. A quantitative needs anaysis was performed to identify the potential demand for such a program in the community of Linthal, as well as the most relevant topics for the program's moduls. Furthermore a focus group discussion was conducted with potential participants to discuss the program's frame conditions.The program could be realized as planned between April and December 2016. The frame conditions differed from the original foreign programs, mainly the format of an open group instead of closed and the frequency of once a month instead of twice. The program contents were memory training, balance, nutrition, painting and handling smartphones, which were performed in 7 moduls à 2h. The program evaluation was carried out by contucting a postal survey nd a focus group duscussion with the participants. Overall, the moduls were very well received by participants, the contents were adequate for the target group and were well implemented by the moderators. Many participants included some activtities performed in the prorgam in their daily life. For future program implementations more participants have to be recruited. Above that, a cooperation with local associations or the Pro Senectute would be reasonable to identify continuing activities besides the program "bliib gsund" and to moderate new contatcs. Networking with local stakeholders coul dhelp to recruit more participants. The funding of the program was not covered by paticipant's fees, that's the reason why  still solutions for possible funding and establishment of the program need to be identified.