The Effect of Moving Meditation Exercise on Depression and Sleep Quality of the Elderly: A Randomized Controlled Study

Author: Müjde Kerkez1, Behice Erci
1 Department of Medical Services and Techniques, Vocational School of Health Services, Şırnak University, Şırnak, Turkey (Dr Kerkez); and Department of Public Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey (Dr Erci).
Conference/Journal: Holist Nurs Pract
Date published: 2024 Jan-Feb
Other: Volume ID: 38 , Issue ID: 1 , Pages: 41-49 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000627. , Word Count: 211

The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of moving meditation exercise training on depression level and sleep quality in the elderly individuals. The present research was carried out between March 2021 and June 2022 as a randomized control group pretest-posttest design. The study sample consisted of 114 individuals 65 years of age and older who were registered to 2 family health centers in a province. The Introductory Information Form, Katz Activities of Daily Living Scale (Katz ADL), International Physical Activity Questionnaire, Geriatric Depression Scale, and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index were used in the study. After the 6-week intervention, participants who were in the moving meditation exercise group had lower depression and had good Sleep Quality intensity scores than those in the control group. The average depression, subjective sleep quality, sleep disorder, and overall sleep quality significantly decreased over time in the moving meditation exercise group (P < .05). Moving meditation exercise may reduce the depression level of elderly individuals and improve sleep quality. These results show that moving meditation exercise can be a supportive method for traditional treatments. In consideration of the growing health economy, it may be recommended that nurses incorporate this exercise in their professional practice and compare long-term results with other complementary practices in the Turkish population.

PMID: 37966990 DOI: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000627