Depression, Balance, and Cognitive Function in the Elderly That Practice and Do Not Practice Yoga: A Comparative Study

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Hermes González, BSN
Wendy Molina, BSN
Ana María Arredondo, BSN
María de los Ángeles Villarreal Reyna, PhD
School of Nursing, Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, Saltillo, Coah, Mexico

Purpose: To identify the relationship between the levels of depression, balance problems, and cognitive impairment in Mexican elderly that practice and do not practice yoga

 Methods: This study will be evaluated using a descriptive comparative correlational design with two different groups: the yoga group (n1=65) and the non-yoga group (n2=65). The sample size will be estimated using the nQuery Advisor 7.0 software; level of confidence 90%, margin of error 5%, and a correlation of .35. The following variables will be observed using standardized assessments: depression, balance, and cognitive impairment. The outcomes will be processed on the SPSS 21.0 database. The study will be conducted in the elderly population of Saltillo Coahuila city, between the months of January and December 2014.

 Results: The results of the two groups will be compared. Descriptive statistics, comparison of means and correlation analysis will be used. 

 Conclusion: We will discuss the use of  standardized assessments based on the scientific evidence available in the advanced nursing practice and their implications in positive health outcomes in Mexican older adults.