Physical activity and mobility function in elderly people living in residential care facilities. “Act on aging”: a pilot study

Liubicich, M.E., Magistro, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-2554-3701, Candela, F., Rabaglietti, E. and Ciairano, S., 2012. Physical activity and mobility function in elderly people living in residential care facilities. “Act on aging”: a pilot study. Advances in Physical Education, 2 (2), pp. 54-60. ISSN 2164-0386

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Abstract

The present study aims at investigating the changes between pre-test and post-test in mobility function, balance, and gait after a physical activity program in a sample of elderly people. Forty-four individuals living in residential care facilities were recruited, with a mean age of 85 (SD = 6.6) in the control group and 84.26 (SD = 7.4) in the intervention group. We collected baseline and post-test measurements for the Tinetti Test. The findings showed that the physical activity intervention had a positive effect on physical functions. There was a statistically significant change between the means of the two groups over time; the intervention groups showed a stable condition with respect to overall mobility function, balance, and gait while the control group showed decreased performance at the post-test. These results underline that even in critical conditions, relatively simple training may promote a more positive adjustment to old age.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Advances in Physical Education
Creators: Liubicich, M.E., Magistro, D., Candela, F., Rabaglietti, E. and Ciairano, S.
Publisher: Scientific Research Publishing
Date: 2012
Volume: 2
Number: 2
ISSN: 2164-0386
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.4236/ape.2012.22010DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 10 May 2018 09:53
Last Modified: 10 May 2018 09:53
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33510

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