Catalyst Awardee

Project Description

Yoga for Healthy Aging (YHA) Study: A Mind-Body Intervention to Reduce Multimorbidity In the Elderly

Purnima Madhivanan, MBBS, MPH, Ph.D. |  University of Arizona; Vijaya Srinivas, MBBS, DGO | Public Health Research Institute of India; Hemanth Bhargav, MD, Ph.D. | National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences; Rahul Shidhaye, MD, MHS, PhD | Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences
Competition Sponsor:
National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health
Awardee Year: 2020

The world’s population is rapidly aging, putting intense pressure on healthcare systems. Almost a fourth of the global burden of disease arises in older people; and chronic conditions are increasingly concentrated in the elderly in low- and middle-income countries. Current intervention approaches are poorly suited to older patients with multiple, co-occurring, and inter-related conditions. Comprehensive and holistic approaches that improve both physical health and subjective well-being, are required. Seniors Yoga, a form of yoga tailored to be safe, gentle, and helpful for elderly, represents a promising strategy for addressing multimorbidity in this population. The research has the potential to make a major contribution in improving access to ‘self-care’ yoga-based intervention. The goal of this initiative is to adapt an evidence-based yoga lifestyle intervention for use in primary care settings to address the physical and mental needs of seniors aged 60-80 years living in urban slums of Mysore, India.

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