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Heidi Similä, Milla Immonen, Jaana Toska-Tervola, Heidi Enwald, Niina Keränen, Maarit Kangas, Timo Jämsä, Raija Korpelainen, Feasibility of mobile mental wellness training for older adults, Geriatric Nursing, Volume 39, Issue 5, 2018, Pages 499-505, ISSN 0197-4572,

Feasibility of mobile mental wellness training for older adults

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Author: Similä, Heidi1,2; Immonen, Milla1,2; Toska-Tervola, Jaana3;
Organizations: 1VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Kaitoväylä 1, P.O. Box 1100, Oulu, FI-90571, Finland
2Center for Life Course Health Research, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 5000, Oulu, 90014, Finland
3Social and Health Services, Elderly Care, City of Oulu, Myllytie 4, Oulu, 90500, Finland
4Information Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 8000, Oulu, 90014, Finland
5Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu, P.O. Box 5000, Oulu, 90014, Finland
6Information Studies, School of Business and Economics, Åbo Akademi University, Fänriksgatan 3 B, Turku, 20500, Finland
7Research Unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology (MIPT), University of Oulu, P.O. Box 5000, Oulu, 90014, Finland
8Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, 90220, Finland
9Oulu Deaconess Institute, Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-08-09


Mobile technology has been increasingly adopted in promotion of mental health among older people. This study assessed the feasibility of a mobile mental wellness training application for individual use and for group work from the perspectives of older adults and social care professionals. The older individuals recruited for the study were participants in a Circle of Friends group and family caregivers’ peer support group offered by the communal senior services. The qualitative and quantitative results of interviews, questionnaires, observation, and application usage were reported. Seven older adults started using the application independently at home in parallel with the group activity. This study revealed new information regarding the barriers to the older adults’ full adoption of such mobile technologies. The results indicated that there may be potential in the incorporation of mobile technologies in promotion of mental health of older people at group settings.

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Series: Geriatric nursing
ISSN: 0197-4572
ISSN-E: 1528-3984
ISSN-L: 0197-4572
Volume: 39
Issue: 5
Pages: 499 - 505
DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2018.02.001
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
315 Sport and fitness sciences
Funding: This study was part of the Gamified remote service concept for promoting health of older people (GASEL) project funded by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.
Copyright information: © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license