Effects of A Brain Function Promoting Program on Cognitive Function and Dementia Prevention Behaviors for Older Adults
Keywords:Brain Function Promoting Program, dementia prevention behaviors, cognitive function, older adults
This quasi-experimental study with two group pre-posttest design aimed to investigate the effects of a brain function promoting program on cognitive function, and dementia prevention behaviors of
older adults. The sample consisted of 56 older adults aged 60-79 years living in Mueang district, Chonburi province, Thailand. Twenty-eight participants were assigned to an experimental group and 28
to a comparison group. The experimental group received 5 activities of brain function promoting program based on self-efficacy concept. The comparison group received regular activities from senior school
program. The duration of intervention program lasted for 8 weeks. Data were collected using interview questionnaires at base-line and post-intervention. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics,
Chi-square, paired t-test, and independent t-test.
Results of the study revealed that after intervention, the experimental group reported significantly higher mean scores of dementia prevention behaviors, and cognitive function than before
intervention. The experimental group reported significantly higher mean difference scores of dementia prevention behaviors, and cognitive function than the comparison group (p<0.05).
In conclusion, this brain function promoting program had a significant impact on dementia prevention behaviors, and cognitive function. Therefore, community nurse practitioners should apply this program to prevent dementia among older adults in community.
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