Memory banking: A life story intervention for aging preparation and mental health promotion

Faika Zanjani, Brian Downer, Amy F. Hosier, John D. Watkins

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study is to examine the feasibility of Memory Banking (MB), a life story development intervention within the context of aging preparation. Individuals participate in MB to strategically document and share their life story, including mapping out future dreams, aspirations, plans, and decisions. Method: Data (2010-2012) from eight MB workshops were examined to determine the impact of the intervention on mental health, social support, and quality of life. Results: Recruitment efforts resulted in n = 72 participants, primarily female (72%), White/Caucasian (93%), average age of 70 years. Data indicated intervention effects showing improvements in depression (p =.041), mood disturbance (p =.0067), and cognitive performance (p =.0045). Discussion: MB outcomes indicate that the intervention is promising and supports continued investigation and development in the area of life story development for aging preparation and improving late life mental health distress in a community setting. Future research is needed to examine the versatility and long-term effects of the MB intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-376
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 14 2015

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Keywords

  • aging
  • brain exercise
  • communication
  • intervention
  • legacy
  • life story
  • mental health
  • social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology
  • Community and Home Care

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Memory banking : A life story intervention for aging preparation and mental health promotion. / Zanjani, Faika; Downer, Brian; Hosier, Amy F.; Watkins, John D.

In: Journal of Aging and Health, Vol. 27, No. 2, 14.03.2015, p. 355-376.

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Zanjani, Faika ; Downer, Brian ; Hosier, Amy F. ; Watkins, John D. / Memory banking : A life story intervention for aging preparation and mental health promotion. In: Journal of Aging and Health. 2015 ; Vol. 27, No. 2. pp. 355-376.
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