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Purpose: This research aimed to study the effect of intergenerational recreation program on holistic health and quality of life in elderly.
Method: One Group Pretest-Posttest Design was used in this research to examine the benefit of the intergenerational recreation program. The participants were 20 elderly volunteers who lived in Muban Laem Thong Niwet community, along with 5-12 years old children. Participants engaged in the intergenerational recreation program for 5 weeks, 3 times a week, 60 minutes at a time. Holistic health including physical fitness, mental health, social health and spiritual health tests as well as quality of life were measured before and after the experiment. Mean and Standard deviation of all data were presented. Dependent-t test was used to determine the mean differeces within group.
Result: It was found that after a 5 weeks of intervention the holistic health of the elderly including physical fitness such as arm strength and endurance score, ability and dynamic balance were significantly higher compared to baseline (p<0.05). Total mental health score, spiritual health (friendly dimension), social health, and quality of life (total score) were also significantly higher after 5 weeks of intervention (all, p<.05).
Conclusion: The intergenerational recreation program in the present study has a positive effect on the holistic health and quality of life in elderly.
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