Empirical study of the influence of a Laughing Qigong Program on long-term care residents

Chia Jung Hsieh, Chueh Chang, Grace Tsai, Hsiu Feng Wu

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Abstract

Aim: To determine the psychological and physiological effects of a Laughing Qigong Program on an elderly population in an institutionalized setting. Methods: Participants were recruited from a long-term care institution in northern Taiwan. A total of 99 residents were interviewed and 66 enrolled, there were 33 control participants and 33 experimental participants. The participants were matched according to their abilities as measured by the Barthel Index of Activities for Daily Living. Experimental participants attended the Laughing Qigong Program, twice a week for 4 weeks. Comparisons were made on the Mini-Mental State Examination, Faces Scale, Geriatric Depression Scale and cortisol levels. Results: Psychometric measures for participants in the experimental group improved, whereas those in the control group decreased. The experimental group showed the following changes: improved Mini-Mental State Examination scores (Z=-2.28; P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-173
Number of pages9
JournalGeriatrics and Gerontology International
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cognitive function
  • Depression
  • Elderly care
  • Laughter therapy
  • Mood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology
  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine(all)

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