Committee Chair

Shelton, Jill Talley

Committee Member

Hood, Ralph W.; Scott, Cathy

Department

Dept. of Psychology

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

Residential care facilities are communities for elders that encourage residents to maintain their independence for everyday activities. These individuals may experience memory dysfunction which can negatively impact their confidence and well being. Through the implementation of an intervention focusing on teaching elders strategies to improve everyday memory functioning, older adults’ knowledge of memory strategies, confidence in their memory, and quality of life may improve. The present study examines the efficacy of a five-session cognitive strategy program for elders on memory self-efficacy, quality of life, and memory strategy knowledge. The memory self-efficacy of participants of elders in the intervention group improved significantly relative to a control group. Additionally, participants’ knowledge of memory strategies improved overall after completion of this program; but no significant improvement in quality of life was observed. Such findings highlight the benefits of cognitive-behavioral interventions can for bolstering elders’ confidence and knowledge for memory strategies, thereby reducing age-related stigma.

Degree

M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.

Date

8-2019

Subject

Older people -- Care; Older people -- Mental health

Keyword

Cognitive; Strategy; Intervention; Elders; Care facility; Older adults

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

ix, 138 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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