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CSULB Gerontology Student Research 2005

A Stress Intervention Using Group Taiko Drumming for Caregivers of the Elderly

Lydia Sameshima-Faeth, MS

This study was an investigation of the effectiveness of an interventional therapy involving group taiko drumming on the self-assessed stress levels of individual caregivers for the elderly. While it has been reported in the literature that there is evidence for the use of drum circles and recreational drumming to reduce stress, group drumming using Japanese taiko drums as a stress reducing therapy had not been previously studied. The results of this study indicated a significant reduction in the self- assessed stress levels of the single group sample. In addition, a significantly higher opinion was observed as to the potential effectiveness of taiko drumming on stress reduction after interventional drumming therapy sessions as compared to pretest responses. Based on the results of this study, further research on the use of group taiko drumming is suggested as is the practical application of taiko drumming among individual caregivers and caregiver support groups.

Medication Compliance Among Black Elders

Andrea Hunt Jordan, MS

This study looked at medication compliance in 60 black elders and the association between compliance (not skipping prescribed medication) and various factors, including age, educational level, living arrangements, and medication knowledge. Knowledge was defined as awareness of prescribed frequency, physical appearance of the pill, side effects, and purpose. Data were collected by interview during which a questionnaire was completed and participants' medications examined. The data was analyzed using Number Cruncher Statistical System (NCSS) and SAStm Programs. The results showed that 85% of this group reported that they did not skip medications. Age was inversely associated with compliance but educational level was not. Of the knowledge components, correct knowledge of prescribed frequency and medication appearance were predictors of compliance.

 

 

 

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Lydia Sameshima-Faeth, MS

BASW, California State University, Long Beach

 

 

 

 

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Andrea Hunt Jordan, MS

BSN, California State University, Dominquez Hills