The Israeli Lifestyle Program (ILP) was adapted from the original Lifestyle Redesign® intervention, aiming to enhance health, functioning, and quality of life (QoL) of older adults. The purpose of this study was to examine the feasibility and effectiveness of the ILP. The design of the study entailed a non-randomized trial with a 3-month follow-up including 18 women aged 65 to 81 recruited from a community center. The research group (n = 9) participated in 15 weekly group meetings and three individual sessions. The control group (n = 9) received an information booklet based on the ILP content. Between-group comparisons revealed significant differences in change scores in favor of the research group for occupational performance (U = 19.0, p =.03), environmental (U = 21.5, p =.04), and social (U = 20.5, p =.03) QoL factors. Findings also revealed reduction in depressive symptoms (U = 24.0, p =.07). These findings suggest community group programs for improving occupational performance and QoL.
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The authors would like to thank Tamar Talmor, Galia Haninovitz, Maayan Katz, Michal Gebert, and Noa Madar. The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.
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- cultural/culture sensitivity
- health promotion
- occupational therapy
- older adults
- culture sensitivity