Essay On Community Based Wellness Program

1659 WordsDec 14, 20177 Pages
Procedure The proposal for this study was approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Mary. The community-based wellness program was designed by the researchers based on current literature on the effectiveness of such programs with the PD population. Participants for this study were recruited from a Parkinson’s disease support group in the Upper Midwest. Purposive and convenience sampling was utilized, which involves selecting individuals who have a diagnosis of PD living in the community and who are willing to volunteer. Participants all signed informed consent forms prior to the administration of assessments and intervention, and completed a demographics form. Researchers collected data using anecdotal evidence from…show more content…
6-week community-based wellness program. The 6-week community-based wellness program consisted of 6 weekly 55 to 120-minute group sessions offered once a week. Each session began with a review of the previous week’s topic and an introduction to the session. Each week had a specific topic based on known problem areas experienced due to PD symptoms. The participants engaged in discussion of the topics facilitated by the researchers. Time was provided to share and process experiences before the conclusion of the session. Week 1: Education on Therapeutic Exercises Related to Improving Independence in Occupations and Pretests. This week consisted of pretests administered to participants including a participant questionnaire, the ACS Form C, and the QLI. After these assessments were administered, participants partook in a guided discussion, sharing exercises that they currently utilize, and any found benefits of those exercises to occupational independence. Participants were also provided with a number of recommended types of exercise that research has supported the implementation of for PD patients, such as dancing, yoga, tai chi, etc. Exercises that are far less beneficial as they do not challenge motor planning were also discussed, such as stationary cycling, treadmill walking at slow speeds, etc. (The Regents of the University of California, 2012). Participants were then asked to discuss their likelihood of
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