Research Reports

Validity and Responsiveness to Change of the 30-Second Chair-Stand Test in Older Adults Admitted to an Emergency Department

10 days ago   |   By LWW

Background and Purpose:
Few physical performance measurement tools are validated for acutely admitted older adults, and for this reason we aimed to examine the validity and responsiveness to change of the 30-second Chair-Stand Test used to assess physical performance in older adults admitted to a short-stay unit in an emergency department.
Methods:
Construct validity of the 30s-CST, using 8 as a cutoff point for dependency in activities of daily living, was examined using 207 patients. Self-reported information on everyday activities was obtained by asking patients about need for help in...
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Predictors of Improvement in Physical Function in Older Adults in an Evidence-Based Physical Activity Program

Predictors of Improvement in Physical Function in Older Adults in an Evidence-Based Physical Activity Program

10 days ago   |   By LWW

Background and Purpose:
Declines in strength, flexibility, and balance in older adults can lead to injuries and loss of independence and are particularly common in those of greater age and in worse health. EnhanceFitness is a nationally disseminated, evidence-based group exercise program for older adults that has been shown to improve function through cardiovascular, strength, flexibility, and balance exercises. This article examines changes in, and predictors of, participant physical function from baseline through 2 program cycles of EF as measured by 3 physical function tests: arm curls...
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Four Months of Wearing a Balance Orthotic Improves Measures of Balance and Mobility Among a Cohort of Community-Living Older Adults

Four Months of Wearing a Balance Orthotic Improves Measures of Balance and Mobility Among a Cohort of Community-Living Older Adults

10 days ago   |   By LWW

Background and Purpose:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that there were 29 million falls and 7 million injuries in 2014 in the United States. Falls, decreased balance, and mobility disability are common in older adults and often result in loss of independence. Finding interventions to address these issues is important, as this age group is growing exponentially. Prior studies indicate balance and mobility can be improved by the balance-based torso-weighting assessment implemented through wear of a balance orthotic. This study sought to determine the impact of...
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Mobile Physical Activity Training app for older adults about to get first major user tests

Mobile Physical Activity Training app for older adults about to get first major user tests

10 days ago   |   By News Medical

A new app that aims to improve the functional lives of older adults is about to get its first major user tests.
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