Effects of Functional Exercise Intervention Program for Institutionalized Elderly People
This study is aimed to investigate the influence of functional exercise intervention on physical fitness of the elderly in a nursing care facility. Subjects were elder residents in three nursing care facilities in Kaohsiung, and the experimental methodology was employed. Subjects with average age of 81.32 ± 7.3 years were randomly separated into exercise group and control group with 24 subjects in each group. Subjects of exercise group performed 12 weeks of moderate intensity functional exercise intervention, during which they exercised three times per week, and each exercise session lasted for forty minutes while subjects of control group did not perform any kind of intervention. Data were analyzed by independent t-test and paired t-test. The results indicated that, the flexibility, sit-to-stand, balance, and getup- and-go of the subjects significantly improved. According to the results, we suggest from the perspective of program planning, that health care facilities develop various of exercise program for the elderly systematically based on their abilities of daily living. On long term perspective, the developed programs will help the institutionalized elderly with their physical fitness. but also make up the current gap in research and practice.
|關鍵詞||運動介入方案、機構功能性體適能方案規劃、機構高齡者功能性體適能方案、exercise intervention program、functional fitness program planning for institution、functional fitness program for institutionalized elderly|