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Enoch Senior’s College for Korean Immigrant Seniors: Quality of Life Effects

  • H. Elisha Jo (a1), Jungsun S. Jo (a2), Kari K. Veblen (a1) and Patrick J. Potter (a3)

Abstract

A community-based program is increasingly recognized as promoting health and active social participation in one’s life, yet information is lacking about the use and impact of such programs among immigrant visible minority seniors. This mixed-method research evaluated the impact of a cultural community program for Korean immigrant seniors by examining participants’ health-related quality of life (HR-QOL) benefits and overall well-being. In this study, 79 participants completed the SF-36v2 questionnaire twice to assess the impact of Canada Enoch Senior’s College (CESC) program on their HR-QOL and well-being. Statistically significant improvement in physical and mental health domains was observed: bodily pain and role limitations due to emotional problems. Qualitative data from participants’ interviews supported the survey findings with positive contributions in health and social arenas of seniors’ lives. These results suggest that the CESC program contributes to quality of life and well-being of Korean senior participants and supports similar community-based cultural programs.

Cette recherche à méthode mixte a évalué l’impact d’un programme pour la communauté culturelle d’aînés immigrants coréens en examinant les bénéfices pour la qualité de vie des participants liée à leur santé (HR-QOL) et leur bien-être en général. Bien que la programmation communautaire soit de plus en plus reconnue comme un moyen de promouvoir la santé et la participation active des individus dans la sphère sociale, peu d’informations sont disponibles concernant l’utilisation et l’impact de tels programmes chez les immigrants aînés des minorités visibles. Dans cette étude, 79 participants ont répondu au questionnaire SF-36v2 à deux reprises dans le cadre de l’évaluation de l’impact du programme du Canada Enoch Senior’s College (CESC) concernant le HR-QOL et leur bien-être. Des améliorations statistiquement significatives ont été observées sur les plans de la santé physique et mentale, notamment dans les dimensions liées à la douleur corporelle, au rôle émotionnel et aux limitations de rôle en raison de problèmes émotionnels. Les données qualitatives provenant des entretiens avec les participants ont confirmé les résultats positifs du sondage, par des améliorations aux niveaux de la vie sociale et de la santé des aînés. Ces résultats suggèrent que le programme CESC contribue à qualité de vie et au bien-être des aînés coréens participants. Cette étude permettra de soutenir des programmes communautaires culturels similaires.

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*La correspondance et les demandes de tirés-à-part doivent être adressées à : / Correspondence and requests for offprints should be sent to: Elisha Jo, Ph.D. Candidate Don Wright Faculty of Music Western University Talbot College, London, ON N6A 3K7 <hjo3@uwo.ca>

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Enoch Senior’s College for Korean Immigrant Seniors: Quality of Life Effects

  • H. Elisha Jo (a1), Jungsun S. Jo (a2), Kari K. Veblen (a1) and Patrick J. Potter (a3)

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