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Int J Audiol. 2018 Jul;57(7):519-528. doi: 10.1080/14992027.2018.1448945. Epub 2018 Mar 20.

Targeting the psychosocial and functional fitness challenges of older adults with hearing loss: a participatory approach to adaptation of the walk and talk for your life program.

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1
a Southern Medical Program , University of British Columbia , Kelowna , BC , Canada.
2
b Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Social Sciences , University of British Columbia , Kelowna , BC , Canada , and.
3
c Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology , University of British Columbia , Kelowna , BC , Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Explore the acceptability of a socialisation, health education and falls prevention programme (Walk and Talk for Your Life: WTL) as an adjunct to group auditory rehabilitation (GAR) and how it might be adapted for older adults with hearing loss (HL).

DESIGN:

Content theme analysis (CTA) of guided interviews explored the experience of HL, the acceptability of a WTL programme and suggestions on how to adapt the WTL programme to better suit the needs of older adults with HL.

STUDY SAMPLE:

Twenty-eight (20 women, 8 men) adults (>55 years of age) with HL were interviewed. Seventeen had participated in past WTL programmes and eleven were sampled from the community.

RESULTS:

Interviewees reported difficulty socialising and a tendency to withdraw from social interactions. Addition of GAR to a WTL programme was found to be highly acceptable. Interviewees suggested that to best suit their needs, sessions should take place in a location with optimal acoustics; include small groups integrating hearing-impaired and hearing-intact participants; include appropriate speaking ground rules; and include an option for partner involvement.

CONCLUSIONS:

The adapted WTL programme provides a holistic and unique approach to the treatment of HL that has the potential to positively impact the hearing-impaired elderly.

KEYWORDS:

Functional fitness; exercise; older adults; participatory; programme

PMID:
29557202
DOI:
10.1080/14992027.2018.1448945
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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