Effects of exercise on balance, muscle strength and physical activity level in new users of walkers over the age of 65

 

Overall aim

To evaluate the effects of exercise on balance, muscle strength and physical activity level in new users of walkers over the age of 65.

 

Project description

Participants, in need of a walker, will be asked to participate in the study when they contact a Rehabilitation center (Rehab Nordväst) within primary care. Those who agree to participate will be consecutively randomized to an intervention or control group. At baseline, balance will be measured with MiniBest, Romberg and Step up during 15 seconds. Functional muscle strength in the lower extremities will be measured by number of chair-stands during 30 seconds, and physical activity level will be measured with the Physical activity for elderly scale. The same tests will be repeated after completion of the training period three months later. The training will be performed in groups twice per week for 3 months under the supervision of a physiotherapist. It will consist of individualized strength training for the lower extremities and balance training.

 

Primary investigator

Senior lecturer/physical therapist

Elisabeth Rydwik

E-mail: elisabeth.rydwik@ki.se

 

Project members

Ninni Åkesson RPT, BSc

Ann-Sofi Leffler, RPT, PhD

 

Financial support

Research funds from Stockholm Count Council: 500.000 Swedish crowns

Physiotherapy