Health-Training Intervention for Community-Dwelling Elderly in the SeniorWISE Study

Graham J. McDougall, Heather Becker, Taylor W. Acee, Phillip W. Vaughan, Keenan Pituch, Carol Delville

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This article describes the outcomes of a psychosocial intervention that tested whether health training could improve health and functional ability in a group of community-residing elderly persons. The health-training intervention consisted of eight 90-minute lecture and discussion classes conducted twice a week for 1 month. In 3 months following the posttest, an additional four booster sessions were delivered once per week for 1 month. Participants received a total of 20 hours of health training. The National Institutes of Health-funded SeniorWISE (Wisdom is Simply Exploration) study was advertised in the community as a program to learn strategies for successful aging. We describe the health curriculum and the health and functional outcomes for a 6-month period at preintervention, postintervention, and postbooster sessions. Complete data were available for 110 individuals. There was a statistically significant change on the Direct Assessment of Functional Status, F(2, 107) = 4.69, P < .012. Health variables remained stable over time. This intervention demonstrated that health training has the potential for noticeable improvement in Instrumental Activities of Daily Living function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-136
Number of pages12
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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