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J Aging Health. 2010 Feb;22(1):106-19. doi: 10.1177/0898264309351738. Epub 2009 Nov 24.

Effect of the Exercise Dance for Seniors (EXDASE) program on lower-body functioning among institutionalized older adults.

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Centre of Gerontology, Prague, Czech Republic.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The authors conducted a randomized control trial to examine the effect of the Exercise Dance for Seniors (EXDASE) program on lower-body functioning among older individuals from residential care facilities in the Czech Republic.

METHOD:

Participants were randomly assigned into an experimental or control group. The experimental group completed a 3-month EXDASE program. Lower-body functioning was assessed using four performance-based measures. A 2 (group) x 2 (test) general linear model for repeated measures was used to explore whether differences in performance could be attributed to the intervention.

RESULTS:

The authors found Group x Test interactions for the chair stand test, F(1, 50) = 14.37, p < .001, the 2-minute step test, F(1, 50) = 7.33, p = .009, the chair sit-and-reach test, F(1, 50) = 5.28, p = .026, and the timed up-and-go test, F (1, 44) = 6.59, p = .014, indicating that the experimental group outperformed the control group from pretest to posttest.

DISCUSSION:

A relatively simple dance-based exercise can support lower-body functioning in previously sedentary, frail older adults.

PMID:
19934443
DOI:
10.1177/0898264309351738
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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