Date of Award

Summer 2022

Document Type

Open Access Thesis


Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Jean Neils-Strunjas


The present study examined the impact of a 6-week Mindful Walking intervention. Participants completed 30 minute walking sessions twice a week for 6 weeks. Ten older adults attended 100% of the supervised walking sessions. Pre-post comparison of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment and examination of subtests of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment did not reveal a significant change in mean scores (p.05, one-tailed). The number of steps accumulated as a result of Mindful Walking and other activities measured with the ActivPAL and change in MoCA total scores did not reach significance. Generally, the Mindful Walking program was well-liked (4 on a scale of 5) as indicated by participants' compliance with the program and an electronic survey sent at the end of the program. Future research may include longer sessions and a longer length of intervention.