Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Psy.D. Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Academic Discipline

Clinical Psychology - Florida School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Elizabeth Lane, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Eric Rosen, Ph.D.


Aging is an inevitable process, accompanied by changes in physiological, cognitive, psychological, and social facets. Researchers have investigated the physiological, cognitive, psychological, and social risk factors associated with aging and have encouraged the use of physical activity, cognitive training, and dietary interventions to alleviate risk factors. However, holistic programs dedicated to promoting successful aging among older adults are uncommon. This review sought to promote successful aging by identifying physiological, cognitive, psychological, and social risk factors that affect older adults and develop a comprehensive program to holistically mitigate these risk factors. Risk factors associated with unsuccessful aging include the development of chronic health conditions, declines in cognitive function, development of psychological disorders, and reductions in social activities. The goal of this program is to assist older adults in leading a well-balanced lifestyle by encouraging engagement in evidence-based interventions such as physical exercise, diet and nutrition, mindfulness meditation, yoga, mentally stimulating activities, and building interpersonal relationships to improve aging outcomes.