Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[The role of a weekly geriatric exercise programme in successful aging]

KOVÁCS Éva1, VIRÁG Anikó2, DUDÁS Flóra3, ERDŐS Réka3, PETRIDISZ Anna Niké3, ROZS Franciska3

AUGUST 30, 2017

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2017;30(04)

[Objective: The aim of this retrospective study was to examine the effects of a weekly held group multicomponent exercise programme (consisting of aerobic, strengthening, flexibiliy, and balance exercises) on the functional abilities (muscle strength, walking speed, and static balance) among elderly people. Methods: Thirty eight older people were divided into two groups: the active group for those elderly who took part is the training for at least 2 years, and the inactive group for those who did not take part in the training before. The global muscle strength in the lower extremity was measured with the 5 sit-to-tand test, the walking speed was measured with the 4 meters walking test. To examine the static balance, we used the one-leg stance test. To determine the subjective well-being, a Visual Analog Scale was used. Results: The Active group was significantly better in 5 sit-to-tand test (t(36)=2,602; p=0,013; Cohen’d=0,99), and marginally significant difference was found in the 4 meters walking test (t(36)= 1,769; p=0,085; Cohen’d=0,66) to the benefit of the Active group. In the term of static balance, we could not find significant difference. Conclusions: This programme for elderly people is effective to improve the global lower limb muscle strenght and walking speed of the elderly, but not very effective in improving static balance.]


  1. Semmelweis Egyetem Egészségtudományi Kar Alapozó Egészségtudományi Intézet Morfológiai és Fiziológiai Tanszék
  2. Semmelweis Egyetem Egészségtudományi Kar Alkalmazott Egészségtudományi Intézet Fizioterápia Tanszék
  3. Semmelweis Egyetem Egészségtudományi Kar BSc Gyógytornász szakirány



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