Journal of Health Care and Research [ISSN: 2582-8967]
Article Type: Original Article
J Health Care and Research. 2023 Jul 24;4(2):59-66
Corresponding Author: Hom Nath Chalise ORCID iD
Address: Faculty member, Central Department of Population Studies, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Received date: 19 June 2023; Accepted date: 18 July 2023; Published date: 24 July 2023
Citation: Suwal RP, Chalise HN. The Anxiety Situation of Older People Living in Residential Care Facilities. J Health Care and Research. 2023 Jul 24;4(2):59-66.
Copyright © 2023 Suwal RP, Chalise HN. This is an open-access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Aging in Nepal, Elderly People, Anxiety, Depression, Geriatric Centers
Anxiety is one of the most common psychological problems in older people and older people staying in geriatric centers are more vulnerable. This study aims to explore Anxiety and associated factors of older people staying in care facilities in Nepal.
This is a descriptive cross-sectional study. A total of 216 older people were recruited from geriatric centers of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Anxiety was assessed using Beck Anxiety Scale. Statistical software SPSS23.0 was used for data entry and analysis.
The mean of Anxiety was 13.23±6.84. The prevalence of anxiety disorder in the study population was 8.8 %, where 5.6 % of respondents had mild and 3.2% had moderate Anxiety. Results show gender, marital status, religion, type of previous family, chronic illness, stress, and type of living facilities were statistically significantly associated with anxiety. The difference was statistically significant (p<0.05). Depression and anxiety were also significantly positively correlated (r=0.232, p< 0.01).
Elderly people living in care facilities had slightly low levels of anxiety. Government and residential care facilities should be aware to provide appropriate support, care, and early psychological care during the intervention for the elderly so that it will help not to increase anxiety and other problems.