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Disabil Rehabil. 2013 Mar;35(5):427-35. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2012.697249. Epub 2012 Jul 17.

Multi-professional and multi-dimensional group education--a key to action in elderly persons.

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  • 1Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, The Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Lina.behm@neuro.gu.se

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study was intended to evaluate a multi-professional health-promoting and disease-preventive intervention organized as multi-professional senior group meetings, which addressed home-dwelling, independently living, cognitively intact elderly persons (80±), by exploring the participants' experiences of the intervention.

METHOD:

The focus group methodology was used to interview a total of 20 participants. The informants had participated in four multi-professional senior group meetings at which information about the ageing process and preventive strategies for enhancing health were discussed.

RESULTS:

The overall finding was that the elderly persons involved in the intervention lived in the present, but that the supportive environment together with learning a preventive approach contributed to the participants' experiencing the senior meetings as a key to action.

CONCLUSIONS:

Elderly persons who are independent may have difficulty accepting information about preventing risks to health. However, group education with a multi-professional approach may be a successful model for achieving an exchange of knowledge, which may possibly empower the participants, give them role models, the opportunity to learn from each other and a sense of sharing problems with people in similar circumstances.

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