Date of Award

7-11-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Chandler, Krista

Keywords

Activities of daily living, Imagery, Instrumental activities of daily living, Older adults

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Imagery has been shown to be an effective technique to enhance numerous forms of cognition and behavioral outcomes (Hall, 2001; Taylor & Schneider, 1989). Despite its effectiveness, little is known about imagery use in older adults (Kalicinski & Lobinger, 2013). The purpose of this study was to examine the use and impact of mental imagery by older adults on their activities of daily living (ADL) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL). Participants (N= 14) took part in a four week imagery intervention, and completed pre and post questionnaires that assessed physical ability for performing ADL and IADL, self-efficacy for performing ADL and IADL, and imagery ability. Wilcoxon signed rank tests revealed a significant difference for visual imagery ability (Z = -2.21, p < 0.05), with participants demonstrating improved visual imagery post-intervention. The findings from the current study provide further support for the use of imagery with older adult populations.

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