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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Phychiatric Mental Health