Does an exercise program help prevent a decline in the quality of life in unfit elderly persons in care?

From: Archives of Internal Medicine

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Study Quality:
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Overall Reliability

Article Quality:
rating: 80%
Partcipants
rating: 25%

Participants/situation

  • 160 persons 65 years or older

Study

  • Interventions were performed over 6 months and were either an adapted tai chi program (4 times 30 min/wk) or a cognition-action program (2 times 30-45 min/wk).
  • The control group received usual care

Results

  • The control group experienced a decline in ability to perform daily activities over the 12-month period compared with the adapted tai-chi and cognition-action groups, but the differences were not significant.
  • Also, the components of daily activities, eg, ability to walk, continence, and nutrition, were maintained better in the intervention groups than in the control group. 

Answer

  • Yes (without confidence)

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