The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a resistance exercise band program on perceived dpression levels among older adults resingin a long-term care (LTC) facility. The study describes whether or not a change in recreation programming at a LTC facility will potentially lower perceived depression levels among participants over a 12-wekk period. Participants in the study included 40 total participants randomly assigned to a control or experimental group who met the purposive criteria and reside in the LTC facility. Data was collected the same time at baseline, 4-week, 8-week and 12- weeks utilizin the Beck Depression Inventory -II to track perceived depression scores over time. Analysis procedures included a Mann-Whitney U as well as descriptive statistical analysis utilizing means and standard deviations. Some of the discoveries included the ideas that programming change during certain periods of the year and for a recommended duration (12-weeks) can have an impact on perceived depression levels of both groups.
Dr. Tyler Tapps is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Health, Leisure, and Human Performance Department at Oklahoma State University. Including his masters and doctoral work, he has more than 8 years of experience in the studying of older adults in different clinical settings.