Physical and psychological effects of Qigong exercise in community-dwelling older adults: An exploratory study

Pei Shiun Chang, M. Tish Knobf, Byeonsang Oh, Marjorie Funk

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Abstract

Older adults need exercise programs that correspond to age-related changes. The purpose of this study was to explore preliminary effects of an 8-week Qigong exercise intervention on the physical ability, functional and psychological health, and spiritual well-being of community-dwelling older adults. Forty-five community-dwelling adults with the mean age of 74.8 years participated a 1-h Health Qigong exercise session twice weekly for 8 weeks. The majority were female (84%) and white (91%), and lived with their spouse (49%). Physical ability (p < 0.001), functional health (p = 0.001), balance (p < 0.001), functional reach (p < 0.001), depression (p = 0.005), and spiritual well-being (p = 0.004) improved significantly after the 8-week intervention. Most participants perceived physical ability, mental health, and spiritual well-being benefits. No adverse events were reported. A twice weekly Qigong exercise program over 8 weeks is feasible and has potential to improve physical ability, functional health, balance, psychological health, and spiritual well-being in older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-94
Number of pages7
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Functional health
  • Older adults
  • Psychological health
  • Qigong
  • Spiritual well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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