DANIEL R. Y. GAN, PHD
Brain Health in Community
Finding Meaning in Aging (FMA) is an 8-week program co-developed and tested with community for community. Studies evaluated Cohesion, At-homeness, and Playfulness (CAP) as preventive solutions, drawing from community psychology, environmental gerontology, and occupational therapy. A multicomponent program effectively promoted Brain Health.
Survey with 150 seniors were co-designed, co-promoted, and co-interpreted with 55 seniors and community organizations. Structural equation modelling examined CAP pathways to wellbeing.
Seniors pointed to challenges of experiencing losses as barriers to social engagements, identified relevant community activities and gaps for "medium friendship" in 12 focus groups.
39 seniors participated in Horticulture, Mindfulness, and Dance movement therapies. Overall attendance promoted Brain Health by increasing a sense of Playfulness. FMA Mindfulness increased At-homeness.