Quality of Life of Community Elderly And Mindfulness Meditation/Mindfulness Training

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2023-05-15
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Kim-Sunada, Cera
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Pagan, Joan
Daub, Katharyn
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Poor mental health can affect an older person's quality of life. The researchers found that older adults are at higher risk for depression. Negative stress significantly impacts older person's quality of life across physical, psychological, and social domains resulting in suffering and distress to older individuals. More effective interventions for improved quality of life for older persons are needed. Mindfulness meditation training can be beneficial in reducing symptoms of depression and stress and improving quality of life. (Amadpanah study, 2017). The goal of my PIP was to determine if older individuals (65 years or older) residing in the community can improve their quality of life by adding a mindfulness meditation program. The research question was "Can the introduction of the six weeks one-hour weekly mindfulness meditation class improve the quality of life of community-based older individuals?". The results of my PIP were lower perceived stress and depression reported by the participants after six weeks of mindfulness meditation class. Mindfulness meditation can help improve the quality of life of older individuals. Some participants stated that mindfulness meditation helped them become more "patient", sleep better, and have less pain (low back pain e.g., sciatica), and recent shoulder injuries).
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