Feasibility of mobile mental wellness training for older adults

Heidi Similä (Corresponding Author), Milla Immonen, Jaana Toska-Tervola, Heidi Enwald, Niina Keränen, Maarit Kangas, Timo Jämsä, Raija Korpelainen

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Abstract

Mobile technology has been increasingly adopted in promotion of mental health among older people. This study assessed the feasibility of a mobile mental wellness training application for individual use and for group work from the perspectives of older adults and social care professionals. The older individuals recruited for the study were participants in a Circle of Friends group and family caregivers' peer support group offered by the communal senior services. The qualitative and quantitative results of interviews, questionnaires, observation, and application usage were reported. Seven older adults started using the application independently at home in parallel with the group activity. This study revealed new information regarding the barriers to the older adults' full adoption of such mobile technologies. The results indicated that there may be potential in the incorporation of mobile technologies in promotion of mental health of older people at group settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-505
Number of pages7
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume39
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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Keywords

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Depression
  • Group intervention
  • MHealth
  • Older adults

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Similä, H., Immonen, M., Toska-Tervola, J., Enwald, H., Keränen, N., Kangas, M., Jämsä, T., & Korpelainen, R. (2018). Feasibility of mobile mental wellness training for older adults. Geriatric Nursing, 39(5), 499-505. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2018.02.001