Does an exercise program help prevent a decline in the quality of life in unfit elderly persons in care?
From: Archives of Internal Medicine
- Dechamps, A., Diolez, P., Thiaudière, E., Tulon, A., Onifade, C., Vuong, T., Helmer, C., Bourdel-Marchasson, I., 2010. Effects of exercise programs to prevent decline in health-related quality of life in highly deconditioned institutionalized elderly persons: a randomized controlled trial. Arch. Intern. Med. 170, 162–169.
- 160 persons 65 years or older
- 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
- 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.
- Yes (without confidence)