The effect of aromatherapy on the wellbeing and quality of life of the elderly.
Richards, Kathleen May
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background Aromatherapy may potentially improve the wellbeing of elderly people. There are few examples of published research examining the effect of aromatherapy on the wellbeing and quality of life of independently living elderly people. Aims To investigate if a series of aromatherapy massage and inhalation treatments effect the wellbeing and quality of life of elderly people. Research Question What impact does aromatherapy have on the wellbeing and quality of life of elderly people? Method In an SSED eight elderly participants were recruited using purposive sampling to receive aromatherapy massage and inhalation treatments. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected through the use of the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS), the Short Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (SWEMBWS), an Aromastick tick list and a semi-structured interview. Results SWLS mean scores (A1-A2) increased non-significantly (2.23 p=0.139 >0.05). SWEMWBS mean scores (A1-A2) increased significantly (2.76 p=0.036 <0.05). Correlation of SWLS and SWEMWBS scores at A1-Baseline approached significance (p=0.05) and were significant at A2-Follow-up (p=0.008 < 0.05). Conclusion Results of the study suggest that aromatherapy may be beneficial for the wellbeing and quality of life of the elderly. Further research may be warranted using a more robust research design to test for cause and effect.
BSc (Hons) Complementary Healthcare (with Practitioner Status)
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