Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)


Adult Education



First Advisor

John Boulmetis


The number of older adults increases globally year after year at an unprecedented rate, and so does their healthcare expenditure. This trend is similar in Rhode Island. The proportion of older adults relative to the general population is rising sharply in this smallest state in the US. The quality of later life and well-being of the older adults remains questionable for many, due to the increasing chronic disease burden associated with advanced age.

The purpose of this research was to study the relationship between inner-peace and physical health, with the aim of developing a clearer picture to improve the health and well-being of older adults in the state of Rhode Island.

Data were collected through the use of a self-report questionnaire method mailed to approximately 600 members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Rhode Island in July, 2013. Two hundred and forty-five members participated by completing and return mailing the questionnaire. The findings overall confirm a small but significant correlation between inner-peace and physical health. This finding can contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between innerpeace and physical health of older adults.



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