Balanced Life: A Pilot Wellness Program for Older Adults in Psychiatric Hospitals

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Topic: This brief report describes a pilot wellness intervention for older people with mental illness receiving care at a state psychiatric hospital. Purpose: People over 65 years of age with mental illness typically have comorbid health issues. Wellness interventions have the potential to improve quality of life, health, and coping skills. The Balanced Life Program was developed by a team at a geriatric psychiatric hospital to address nine areas of wellness: spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual, social, occupational, environmental, metabolic health, and sexuality. The 11-week group includes education, personal application of ideas discussed through skills teaching, and the development of a personal wellness plan. Sources used: Literature review and observation. Conclusions and Implications for Practice: This pilot program shows promise for promoting physical health for older adults.

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