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Physical training in institutionalized elderly people with multiple diagnoses: a controlled pilot study
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1592-8835
2005 (English)In: Archives of gerontology and geriatrics (Print), ISSN 0167-4943, E-ISSN 1872-6976, Vol. 40, no 1, p. 29-44Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Reduction in muscle mass and physical function depends on a variety of interacting factors: age, physical activity level, nutritional state and the type and impact of disease. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of an individualized moderate intensity physical training program on muscle strength, balance, mobility, ambulation and activities of daily living (ADL) in institutionalized elderly people aged 65 and over with multiple diagnoses. Baseline assessments consisted of strength, balance, mobility/ambulation, and ADL. Twenty-one subjects were included in the intervention program. A control group (21 subjects) was first matched in pairs according to gender, age, ADL and mobility, and then by balance, ambulation and strength. The intervention program was individualized and included strength, mobility, balance and endurance training. Follow-up measures were conducted directly after the intervention and 10 weeks later. After drop-out, 20 subjects in the intervention group and 15 subjects in the control group remained for analyses. Balance and mobility improved significantly in the intervention group while declining in the control group. This pilot study indicates that a physical training program may improve functional capacity for institutionalized elderly persons with multiple diagnoses.

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2005. Vol. 40, no 1, p. 29-44
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Medical and Health Sciences Geriatrics
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Geriatrics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-20204DOI: 10.1016/j.archger.2004.05.009PubMedID: 15531021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-20204DiVA, id: diva2:452904
Available from: 2011-10-31 Created: 2011-10-29 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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