Reduced Anxiety and Depression and Improved Mood in Older Adults Living in Care Homes After Participating in Chair Yoga

Keeley Frampton, Liz Oppedijk, Rebecca Hadley, Lucy Annett

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Abstract

Providing opportunities for older adults to engage in physical and mental activity is important to support healthy aging. The present preliminary study investigated the feasibility of accessible chair yoga for older adults in care homes. Chair yoga participants (n = 17) were assessed before and after attending twice weekly chair yoga sessions for 8 weeks, while control participants (n = 16) underwent the assessments only. Participant ages ranged from 80 to 101 years and included those living with mild to severe dementia. Anxiety and depression measured by the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and negative affect measured by the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS), improved in the chair yoga but not the control group. Balance confidence (Modified Falls Efficacy Scale) and Health-related Quality of Life (EQ-5D-3L) were unchanged. Chair yoga is a feasible activity for older care home residents, including those living with dementia, with the potential to improve mental well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Yoga
  • Care home
  • Older adults
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • anxiety
  • care home
  • older adults
  • yoga
  • dementia
  • depression

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