An adapted mindfulness-based stress reduction (mbsr) program to promote mind–body health for elders

An adapted mindfulness-based stress reduction program for elders in a continuing care retirement community

Quantitative and qualitative results from a pilot randomized controlled trial

From Journal of Applied Gerontology

Given the aging population of North America and the constellation of medical, psychological, and social stressors associated with older age, there is a need for interventions that can support healthy aging by reducing stress, enhancing psychological well-being, and improving health-related quality of life. The purpose of this study was to test the feasibility and effectiveness of an adapted 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program for elders in a continuing care community. Study results demonstrate the feasibility and potential effectiveness of an adapted MBSR program in promoting mind–body health for elders

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to test the feasibility and effectiveness of an adapted 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program for elders in a continuing care community. This mixed-methods study used both quantitative and qualitative measures. A randomized waitlist control design was used for the quantitative aspect of the study. Thirty-nine elderly were randomized to MBSR (n = 20) or a waitlist control group (n = 19), mean age was 82 years. Both groups completed pre–post measures of health-related quality of life, acceptance and psychological flexibility, facets of mindfulness, self-compassion, and psychological distress. A subset of MBSR participants completed qualitative interviews. MBSR participants showed significantly greater improvement in acceptance and psychological flexibility and in role limitations due to physical health. In the qualitative interviews, MBSR participants reported increased awareness, less judgment, and greater self-compassion. Study results demonstrate the feasibility and potential effectiveness of an adapted MBSR program in promoting mind–body health for elders.

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Article Details
Mixed MethodsL:
Aleezé S. Moss, Diane K. Reibel, Jeffrey M. Greeson, Anjali Thapar, Rebecca Bubb, Jacqueline Salmon, and Andrew B. Newberg
An Adapted Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program for Elders in a Continuing Care Retirement Community: Quantitative and Qualitative Results From a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Journal of Applied Gerontology 0733464814559411, first published on December 9, 2014 doi:10.1177/0733464814559411

 

 

 

     
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