Long-term effects of an intergenerational program on functional capacity in older adults: Results from a seven-year follow-up of the REPRINTS study

Ryota Sakurai, Masashi Yasunaga, Yoh Murayama, Hiromi Ohba, Kumiko Nonaka, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Naoko Sakuma, Mariko Nishi, Hayato Uchida, Shoji Shinkai, George Rebok, Yoshinori Fujiwara

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Background: Social engagement activities can help older adults maintain mental and physical functioning levels. This study examined the long-term effects of the intergenerational picture-book reading program "REPRINTS" (Research of Productivity by Intergenerational Sympathy) on older adults. Methods: After baseline assessment, participants were allowed to decide which condition they wanted to participate in: the REPRINTS intervention or control group involving only assessments. REPRINTS participants participated in group activities that involved playing a hand game and reading picture books to children at kindergartens, elementary schools, and public childcare centers, once every one-two weeks. A follow-up assessment, which focused on functional capacity (i.e., instrumental activities of daily living, intellectual activity, and social function), was conducted after seven years. The analysis included responses from 62 REPRINTS (mean age [SD] = 66.2 [5.7]) and 100 control-group participants (mean age [SD] = 68.0 [4.7]). Results: A logistic regression analysis examining intervention effects revealed that control-group participants were more likely to reduce intellectual activity and interactions with children compared to REPRINTS participants (p = .013 and.003, respectively). Furthermore, the REPRINTS group maintained greater functional reach compared to the control group (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-20
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Volume64
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Intellectual activity
  • Intergenerational relationships
  • Reading picture book
  • Social capital
  • Social engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Health(social science)
  • Gerontology

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Long-term effects of an intergenerational program on functional capacity in older adults : Results from a seven-year follow-up of the REPRINTS study. / Sakurai, Ryota; Yasunaga, Masashi; Murayama, Yoh; Ohba, Hiromi; Nonaka, Kumiko; Suzuki, Hiroyuki; Sakuma, Naoko; Nishi, Mariko; Uchida, Hayato; Shinkai, Shoji; Rebok, George; Fujiwara, Yoshinori.

In: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Vol. 64, 01.05.2016, p. 13-20.

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Sakurai, Ryota ; Yasunaga, Masashi ; Murayama, Yoh ; Ohba, Hiromi ; Nonaka, Kumiko ; Suzuki, Hiroyuki ; Sakuma, Naoko ; Nishi, Mariko ; Uchida, Hayato ; Shinkai, Shoji ; Rebok, George ; Fujiwara, Yoshinori. / Long-term effects of an intergenerational program on functional capacity in older adults : Results from a seven-year follow-up of the REPRINTS study. In: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 2016 ; Vol. 64. pp. 13-20.
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