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The Effect of Playing Game on General Health in Elderly Visiting the Daily Nursing Homes
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  • 1 Student in Geriatric Nursing, Center for students’ Research, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran
  • 2 Research Center for Nursing and Midwifery Care, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran
  • Correspondence should be addressed to Mostafa Javadi, Research Center for Nursing and Midwifery Care, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran; Tel: ; Fax: ; Email: Javadi1@ssu.ac.ir.

Abstract

General health is one of the most important subjects in the elderly. Participation in recreational activities such as games is recommended for maintaining and improving general health. The present quasi-experimental study was conducted with the aim of exploring the effect of brainteaser on general health in elderly visiting daily nursing homes in the city Yazd. The research environment included four daily nursing homes and 30 individuals were selected randomly as the experimental group from 2 centers and another 30 individuals were selected randomly as control group from another 2 centers. The elderly in the experimental group participated in the brainteaser sessions two days a week for one month. The general health was explored at three stages: before, immediately after and one month after the intervention using GHQ28. General health status in the experimental group was improved immediately after the end of the brainteaser, compared with before the brainteaser (P=0.002). The comparison of the scores in the experimental and control groups immediately after the end of the interven-tion and one month after the end of the intervention indicated significance statistical difference (P=0.005). Doing brainteaser by the elderly in the daily nursing homes in Yazd resulted in the improvement of their general health. This intervention is recommended to be done at the nursing homes and at homes as it is cheap, simple, portable and usable for all age groups.

Keywords

Brainteaser, Game, Play, Elderly, General Health, Nursing Home

  • * This paper has been published in Volume 2, 2017, Issue 1, Pages: 1-5
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