MANAGEMENT OF STRESS AND ANXIETY AMONG INSTITUTIONALIZED ELDERLY
Author(s):
Jerus Albert Britto, Dr.B.Selvaraj, Dr.G.Ramanathan, Preethi V V
Keywords:
Anxiety, Stress, Mindfulness, Institutionalized elderly.
Abstract
The present study was undertaken with the aim of helping the Institutionalized elderly manage their stress and anxiety. From Jacob care center, Coimbatore, 50 Institutionalized elderly were selected by purposive sampling and assessed using Stress Inventory and Manifest Anxiety Inventory (Hemalatha & Nandhini, Revised, 2005). Then, the sample were provided with Jacobson Progressive Muscular Relaxation and Mindfulness Exercises individually for about 45 minutes for each subject for a period of 3 months. After intervention, the subjects were reassessed using the same questionnaires. Before intervention, 2% of the sample had ‘High’ Stress, 78% had Moderate stress and 20% had Low stress. After intervention, the stress levels if the sample had slightly reduced and it was found that 92% of the sample had Low stress and 8% had Moderate stress. None of the sample had High stress. With regard to Manifest Anxiety, before intervention, 82% of the sample had ‘Moderate’ Anxiety. 18% of the sample experienced Low manifest anxiety and none of them had ‘High’ or ‘Very High’ Anxiety. After intervention, the manifest anxiety levels of the sample became moderate in 12% and Low in 86% of the sample and Very Low in 2%. There was a significant reduction in the mean stress from ‘High’ (6.6) before intervention to ‘Low’ (2.68) after intervention and in Anxiety from ‘High’ (11.02) to ‘Low’ (5.2) after intervention, which was significant at level. After, Jacobson Progressive Muscular Relaxation Therapy and Mindfulness exercises; there was a drastic reduction in the Stress and Anxiety of the sample.
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Unique Paper ID: 152625

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 3

Page(s): 1050 - 1053
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