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Title: Psychosocial Rehabilitation for Chronic Geriatric Patients: An Intergenerational Approach

Author (s):  Howard Wallach, Frances Kelley, Joel Abrahams

Abstract:  High school students interacted with chronic nursing home patients in dyadic and group activities. By the middle of its fourth year the program had involved 175 patients and 235 students. During the second year, using a before and after design, one 15-week program selected for study was found to have a beneficial effect on ten patients. Patients reported increased social interaction, reduced daytime sleeping, increased mobility and decreased voluntary confinement.

Category: Health and Wellness

Keywords: Improved health, psychological wellbeing of older adults, intergenerational relations, high school, engagement, adolescents, behavior, cross-age interaction

Reference: Wallach, H.F., Kelly, F., & Abrahams, J.P. (1979). Psychosocial Rehabilitation for Chronic Geriatric Patients: An Intergenerational Approach.  The Gerontologist. 19(5), 464-470.

Peer-reviewed journal: yes

Link to Full Texthttp://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/19/5_Part_1/464.abstract

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