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Abstract of dissertation entitled



Light therapy for treatment of elderly depression in

institution


Submitted by



Lee Ka Ki



For the Master of Nursing



at The University of Hong Kong

in July 2015





Depression is an uprising medical condition affecting many aged Hong Kong

population. However, this situation was held undercover or unexplored. The present

situation relies on psychotic medication and cognitive behavioural therapy. These two

approaches have their own merits and demerits.



Light therapy suggested by many studies is effective in managing seasonal depressive

symptoms in the population. It is a relatively economic and convenient therapy that

can be self-administered individually. Some studies supported that Light therapy is

effective for managing non seasonal depressive symptoms. However, the results and

evidence are not well organized or fully applied in Hong Kong.



In this thesis, studies related to the effectiveness of light therapy on depressive symptoms

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CHAPTER 4: IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

In this chapter, the communication plan for the program set up will be discussed.

There are various parties that would be involved in the program implementation. A

well-planned communication procedure should be drafted to ensure the smooth

running of the program and prevent unnecessary complication due to communication

error.



4.1 Communication

This Light Therapy would involve three main parties: the targeted elderly, their family

members and the nursing staff enacting the program. The hierarchy flow includes the

approval by the managerial level staff, training and acceptance by the nursing staff,

and the gathering of enough financial support.



It is predicted that the first challenge would come from getting the approval from the

managerial level staff. A detailed and well-rounded proposal is needed to persuade the

manager of nursing home A. The process of communication will start from top to the

bottom.



It is further predicted that nursing staff enacting the program may show inertia or

resistance to the newly implemented intervention, as it will increase the workload of

their usual routine. To overcome this obstacle, the implementation approach will start

from persuading the nurses of newer generation and those who are interested. Banner

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and poster will be posted in different parts of the nursing home environment for

an elderly home, which pays great attention to the psychological need and mental

health of the elderly. Related journals and posters are passed around to arouse

curiosity and interests among the staff. A reader friendly table of evidence will be

circulated around. (refer to Appendix E)Casual discussions are welcomed and ideas

are encouraged to throw freely during the preparation period.



4.2 Financial sponsor

The next challenge is to get the funding successfully by fulfill the requirement and

criteria of Detailed

application paper work and statistical quotation are needed to apply the fund.



4.3 Promotion strategy

TV commercial, graphics and posters are vivid and tangible promotion tool to implant

light therapy to the mindset of laymen. A promotion video in the form of health

promotion talk will be shot and play everyday during lunchtime. A psychiatrist will be

invited to share about the importance of psychological health and gives an

introduction of light therapy is in the video. The invited psychiatrist will be the

honorary consultant who provides medical and psychiatric knowledge during the

implementation of light therapy.

On the other hand, concrete data and evidence will be provided in the posters and

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T F 23. Retirement is often detrimental to health--i.e., people frequently seem to become ill

or die soon after retirement.

T F 24. Older adults are less anxious about death than are younger and middle-aged adults.

T F 25. People 65 years of age and older make up about 20 percent of the U.S. population.

T F 26. Most older people are living in nursing homes.

T F 27. The modern family no longer takes care of its elderly.

T F 28. The life expectancy of men at age 65 is about the same as that of women.

T F 29. Remaining life expectancy of blacks at age 85 is about the same as whites.

T F 30. Social Security benefits automatically increase with inflation.

T F 31. Living below or near the poverty level is no longer a significant problem for most

older Americans.

T F 32. Most older drivers are quite capable of safely operating a motor vehicle.

T F 33. Older workers cannot work as effectively as younger workers.

T F 34. Most old people are set in their ways and unable to change.

T F 35. The majority of old people are bored.

T F 36. In general, most old people are pretty much alike.

T F 37. Older adults (65+) have higher rates of criminal victimization than adults under 62

do.

T F 38. Older people tend to become more religious as they grow older.

T F 39. Older adults (65+) are more fearful of crime than are persons under 65.

T F 40. Older people do not adapt as well as younger age groups when they relocate to a

new environment.

T F 41. Participation in voluntary organizations (churches and clubs) tends to decline

among older adults.

T F 42. Older people are much happier if they are allowed to disengage from society.

T F 43. Geriatrics is a specialty in American medicine.

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T F 44. All medical schools now require students to take courses in geriatrics and

gerontology.

T F 45. Abuse of older adults is not a significant problem in the U.S.

T F 46. Grandparents today take less responsibility for rearing grandchildren than ever

before.

T F 47. Older persons take longer to recover from physical and psychological stress.

T F 48. Most older adults consider their health to be good.

T F 49. Older females exhibit better health care practices than older males.

T F 50. Research has shown that old age truly begins at 65.





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