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Appl Nurs Res. 2004 Feb;17(1):21-31.

An exercise program to improve fall-related outcomes in elderly nursing home residents.

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College of Nursing, The University of Iowa, 378 Nursing Building, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA.


This study tested a 3-month ankle-strengthening and walking program designed to improve or maintain the fall-related outcomes of balance, ankle strength, walking speed, risk of falling, fear of falling, and confidence to perform daily activities without falling (falls efficacy) in elderly nursing home residents. Nursing home residents (N = 81) between the ages of 64 and 100 years participated in the study. Two of the fall-related outcomes, balance and fear of falling, were maintained or improved for the exercise group in comparison to the control group.

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