Effects of exercise on balance, muscle strength and physical activity level in new users of walkers over the age of 65
To evaluate the effects of exercise on balance, muscle strength and physical activity level in new users of walkers over the age of 65.
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.
Ninni Åkesson RPT, BSc
Ann-Sofi Leffler, RPT, PhD
Research funds from Stockholm Count Council: 500.000 Swedish crowns