The TaRA Project on Active ageing - Prof Rathi Mahendran




Abstract - The TaRA @ JP (Training and Research Academy at Jurong Point)
Project on Active Ageing

R Mahendran, Feng Lei, Tian XianFeng, Jiang Minjun, Kua Ee Heok

Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, 2 Department of Psychological Medicine, National University Health System

Health education and psychosocial activities have important roles in the mental and physical well-being of individuals. This project involved community-living elderly with subsyndromal anxiety and depression, in the Jurong area. Health education talks and interventional activities like Music Reminiscence Therapy, Tai Chi Exercise, Art Therapy and Mindfulness Practice were provided weekly for three months and then fortnightly for six months. Participants were rated on levels of anxiety and depression at baseline, three months and six months and showed significant response to the interventions. The findings will be presented.