J.G. Schumacher, R. Millar, E. Stephenson, H. Kim
2017 Innovation in aging  
accept yourself and cultivate compassion minds through the practice of body stretch, sitting meditation, body scan, and breathing. In addition, role play, clam jar and tenfinger appreciation activities were also included to enrich the social element of the program. It is noteworthy that this program is easy-to-implement for older adults. Eightynine older adults recruited from a community center volunteered for the present study. All participants were over 60 years old, and the mean age was
more » ... years old (SD = 5.92). Before and after the program, the quality of life, depression, cognitive states was measured by visual analogue scale, Taiwanese Geriatric Depression Scale-5, and modified Chinese Mindfulness Awareness Attention Scale (mCMAAS), respectively. Results: The results showed that the quality of life was enhanced after the program, t(88) = 3.15, p < .01. Both the depression state and cognitive state were remained the same (p = .841 for depression, p = .633 for cognitive state). Conclusions: It is an exciting finding that the quality of life was significant improved after the Mindfulness-Based Program for community-dwelling older adults. It is likely that the mood and cognitive measures reached the ceiling so that they were insensitive to changes. The impact of a longterm training program and more sensitive measures on mood and cognitive ability should be further examined.
doi:10.1093/geroni/igx004.1519 fatcat:4ycs4zrnmnewlk6b4fb62oxcka