Medical Xpress publishes release on older adult wellness study

Medical Xpress carried a University of Maine news release about a study by UMaine researchers about the wellness priorities of older adults. The study, led by nursing professor Kelley Strout and drawing on Hettler’s Six Dimensions of Wellness, found that maintaining wellness across different dimensions contributes to older adults’ sense of independence. The research recommends implementing community-based wellness interventions to support aging in place for older adults, focusing on marketing the interventions toward improving independence, rather than wellness, to reflect the adults’ priorities and encourage participation. Other UMaine members of the research team were psychology professor Fayeza Ahmed and sociology professor Karyn Sporer.