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Impact of a person-centred group intervention on life satisfaction and engagement in activities among persons aging in the context of migration

Arola, Annikki LU ; Dahlin-Ivanoff, Synneve LU and Häggblom-Kronlöf, Greta (2019) In Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
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Background: There is a growing need to support the health and wellbeing of older persons aging in the context of migration. Objectives: We evaluated whether a group-based health promotion program with person-centred approach, maintained or improved life satisfaction and engagement in activities of older immigrants in Sweden. Methods: A randomised controlled trial with post-intervention follow-ups at 6 months and 1 year was conducted with 131 older independently living persons aged ≥70 years from Finland and the Balkan Peninsula. Participants were randomly allocated to an intervention group (4 weeks of group intervention and a follow-up home visit) and a control group (no intervention). Outcome measures were life satisfaction and... (More)

Background: There is a growing need to support the health and wellbeing of older persons aging in the context of migration. Objectives: We evaluated whether a group-based health promotion program with person-centred approach, maintained or improved life satisfaction and engagement in activities of older immigrants in Sweden. Methods: A randomised controlled trial with post-intervention follow-ups at 6 months and 1 year was conducted with 131 older independently living persons aged ≥70 years from Finland and the Balkan Peninsula. Participants were randomly allocated to an intervention group (4 weeks of group intervention and a follow-up home visit) and a control group (no intervention). Outcome measures were life satisfaction and engagement in activities. Chi-square and odds ratios were calculated. Results: The odds ratios for maintenance or improvement of life satisfaction (for social contact and psychological health) were higher in the person-centred intervention group. More participants in the intervention group maintained or improved their general participation in activities compared with the control group. However, no significant between-group differences were found. Conclusion: Person-centred interventions can support older person’s capability to maintain their health in daily life when aging in migration. Further research is needed with a larger sample and longer intervention period to determine the effectiveness of the intervention.

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Capability, health promotion, interdisciplinary, leisure interest, migration old age, peer-learning, wellbeing
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Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
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Taylor & Francis
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1103-8128
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10.1080/11038128.2018.1515245
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  author       = {Arola, Annikki and Dahlin-Ivanoff, Synneve and Häggblom-Kronlöf, Greta},
  issn         = {1103-8128},
  keyword      = {Capability,health promotion,interdisciplinary,leisure interest,migration old age,peer-learning,wellbeing},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {01},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy},
  title        = {Impact of a person-centred group intervention on life satisfaction and engagement in activities among persons aging in the context of migration<sup>‡</sup>},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/11038128.2018.1515245},
  year         = {2019},
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