Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Engaging Wisdom: A Comparison of Cognitive and Interpersonal Interventions on Elderly Mental Health

Presenter Information

Kade DownsFollow

Class

Article

Department

Family, Consumer, and Human Development

Faculty Mentor

Melanie Domenech Rodriguez

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

In the United States the population of individuals over the age of 60 is large and expected to increase (Administration on Aging, 2009). Mental disorders (e.g., dementia) are especially prevalent in elderly populations (WHO, 2012). Considering the relatively small amount of research examining elderly populations in the United States, this prevalence highlights the potential and necessity for intervention research specifically designed for elderly individuals. This study examines the effectiveness of a cognitive as well as an interpersonal intervention on the mental health of a sample of individuals over the age of 60 at residential eldercare facilities. Results showed no significant differences between intervention groups. Data does highlight a promising future for cognitive and interpersonal interventions for elderly samples.

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4-9-2015 10:30 AM

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Engaging Wisdom: A Comparison of Cognitive and Interpersonal Interventions on Elderly Mental Health

In the United States the population of individuals over the age of 60 is large and expected to increase (Administration on Aging, 2009). Mental disorders (e.g., dementia) are especially prevalent in elderly populations (WHO, 2012). Considering the relatively small amount of research examining elderly populations in the United States, this prevalence highlights the potential and necessity for intervention research specifically designed for elderly individuals. This study examines the effectiveness of a cognitive as well as an interpersonal intervention on the mental health of a sample of individuals over the age of 60 at residential eldercare facilities. Results showed no significant differences between intervention groups. Data does highlight a promising future for cognitive and interpersonal interventions for elderly samples.