Transformation of Depressed Elderly Patients Towards Attaining Biological Joy

posted Apr 12, 2018, 9:03 PM by BND Admin   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 9:13 PM ]
Transformation of Depressed Elderly Patients Towards Attaining Biological Joy 

Marylou B. Ong
Cebu Normal University



Abstract

The study determined the manifestations of depression among the elderly group according to gender category, the cause of depression among them, and the support systems provided for the elderly who were institutionalized in three homes for the aged in the year 2010. Serving as guidelines for conducting this study were the sub-problems which sought to determine the profile of the elderly who were institutionalized in three homes for the aged in terms of gender, age, civil status, educational status, and health status, the extent to which the elderly men and women manifest emotional and
physical symptoms of depression; the extent to which biological, psychological, and social factors caused
depression, among the elderly men and women; the functionality of the family, the institution, and social contacts as support systems for minimizing the adverse effects of depression among elderly men and women; the differences in the manifestation of depression, causes of depression, and support systems of minimizing depression among men and women; the extent to which biological joy was influenced by age, gender, civil status, educational status and health status; the variables that predicted biological joy, and the extent to which the elderly persons manifest biological joy.

The process involved was descriptive-correlational; two null hypotheses were formulated; that there were no significant differences between the elderly men’s and women’s manifestation of depression, cause of depression, and the support systems for minimizing depression and there was no significant influence of age , gender, civil status, educational status, and health status among the elderly.

On the profile of the elderly male gender category of the elderly is the majority; age profile ranges of 71 – 75 years; civil status; married elderly residents got the highest number; mostly elementary level in terms of educational status and 40 percent were in good health condition. On the extent of manifestation of depression both elderly men and women findings shows that they manifested emotional and physical manifestations of depression caused by biological, psychological and social factors. On the functionality of support systems family was moderately functional, institution was a
functional and social systems were less functional.

On the test of differences there were no significant differences between men’s and women’s manifestations of depression. On the factors influencing biological joy only the educational status and health status significantly influence biological joy the study presented a paradigm for the transformation of depression among the elderly into biological joy through a well-organized team.

In the light of the findings of the study, the investigator was able to formulate her theory on MBO’s Biological Joy which assumes that depression can still be transform into biological joy within the bounds of contentment, peace of mind, physiological wellness, and freedom from mental disturbance and anguish. A paradigm for transformation of depression among the elderly into biological joy be adopted for implementation in the homes for the aged.

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