Effectiveness of selected relaxation techniques to reduce the level of stress among senior citizens residing in selected old age home, at Coimbatore.

Hema, T (2010) Effectiveness of selected relaxation techniques to reduce the level of stress among senior citizens residing in selected old age home, at Coimbatore. Masters thesis, Bishop’s College of Nursing, Dharapuram.

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Abstract

A study to assess the effectiveness of selected relaxation techniques to reduce the level of stress among senior citizens residing in selected old age home, at Coimbatore. OBJECTIVES 1. To assess the pre test level of stress among senior citizens. 2. To assess the post test level of stress among senior citizens. 3. To compare the pre test and post test level of stress among senior citizens. 4. To associate the post test level of stress with their selected demographic variables among senior citizens. OPERATIONAL DEFINITION Effectiveness: It means producing the intended result. In this study effectiveness refers to reducing in the level of stress as determined by significant difference in pre and post test stress scores among senior citizens. Selected Relaxation Technique A relaxation technique (also known as relaxation training) is any method, process, procedure, or activity that helps a person to relax; to attain a state of increased calmness; or otherwise reduce levels of anxiety, stress or tension. In this study, the researcher selected pranayama therapy, and aerobic exercise as relaxation techniques. Pranayama Therapy. Pranayama, as traditionally conceived, involves much more than merely breathing for relaxation. The word pranayama consists of two parts: prana and ayama. Ayama means stretch, extension, expansion, length, breadth, regulation, prolongation, restraint and control and describes the action of pranayama. Prana is energy, when the self-energizing force embraces the body with extension, expansion and control, it is pranayama. Aerobic Exercises The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) defines aerobic exercise as "any activity that uses large muscle groups, can be maintained continuously, and is rhythmic in nature." It is a type of exercise that overloads the heart and lungs and causes them to work harder than at rest. Through prepared instructional material-CD with demonstration the researcher guides the senior citizens to do the selected relaxation techniques daily 15-20 minutes in the morning and in the evening for 15 days. Stress Stress is defined as the physiological or psychological tension that threatens homeostasis or a person’s psychological equilibrium. In this study, stress refers to the disturbances in physical, emotional, behavioral, and psychological well being which was measured by modified stress assessment rating scale and its score. Senior Citizens Older adults who are residing in the old age home above 50 years of age in both sexes. Old Age Home The organization or the partial nursing home which provides the roof and living support for the homeless senior citizens. HYPOTHESES H1- The mean post test stress score is significantly lower than the mean pre test stress score among senior citizens. H2- There will be a significant association between the post test stress Score with their selected demographic variables among senior citizens. ASSUMPTION: All senior citizens residing in old age home may have stress. Selected relaxation techniques are helpful in reducing stress. DELIMITATION: The data collection period is limited to 4 weeks only. The sample of the study is restricted to 60. PROJECTED OUTCOME Practicing selected relaxation techniques regularly can improve psychological well being among senior citizens which in turn improves their quality of life. Developing positive attitude towards practicing selected relaxation techniques will make senior citizens to initiate others also to practice.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Relaxation Techniques; Reduce the Level of Stress; Senior Citizens; Old Age Home; Coimbatore.
Subjects: NURSING > Psychiatric Nursing
Depositing User: Ramakrishnan J
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2018 06:16
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2018 08:05
URI: http://repository-tnmgrmu.ac.in/id/eprint/5464

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