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Clin Interv Aging. 2007;2(4):655-60.

Effect of a group-based exercise program on balance in elderly.

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  • 1VISN 8 Patient Safety Center, James A. Haley VA Hospital, 11605 North Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33612, USA. tatjana.bulat@va.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the effectiveness of 8-week group functional balance training classes on balance outcomes in community-dwelling veterans at risk for falls.

DESIGN:

Pre-test, post-test using retrospective data.

SETTING:

VISN 8 Patient Safety Center at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, FL, USA.

PARTICIPANTS:

Fifty one community living veterans with mean age of 78 at risk for falls.

INTERVENTION:

Participants received a weekly 1-hour functional balance training class for 8 weeks in a small group setting (4-5 participants).

MEASUREMENTS:

Pre and post intervention measures included Berg Balance Scale, Limits of Stability (LOS) and modified Clinical Test of Sensory Interaction on Balance (mCTSIB).

RESULTS:

Eighty four percent of the participants completed 5 or more weekly classes. Peripheral neuropathy was the most common risk factor among the participants. There was a significant improvement in the Berg (p < 0.0001) and Composite Reaction Time (p < 0.0004) after the intervention.

CONCLUSION:

An eight week group functional balance training class was safe and effective in improving balance outcomes in a cohort of elderly veterans at risk for falls.

PMID:
18225467
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PMCID:
PMC2686325
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