Study focuses on combating hopelessness

Posted On April 06, 2018

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MANITOWOC, Wis. -- Dr. Cheryl Passel, associate professor of nursing at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, recently published the study, “The impact of the Eden Alternative on hope,” with her research colleagues from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The study was published in the February issue of the Nursing and Residential Care (NRC) journal.

“Hopelessness is a major problem in the psychological wellbeing of care home residents,” according to the study’s abstract. “This study aimed to determine if the Eden Alternative, a model designed to reduce loneliness, boredom and helplessness, could also combat hopelessness.”

The study focuses on individuals who enter care homes and must deal with loss of family, friends and other factors.

“The study supports the use of the Eden Alternative because it promotes hope among this population of residents,” said Dr. Passel. “The Eden Alternative model maintains that life is worth living and older people can feel valued.”  

The study can be found here