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Title: Feasibility of a community-based functional power training program for older adults
Authors: Tan, Q.L.L.
Chye, L.M.Y.
Ng, D.H.M.
Chong, M.S.
Ng, T.P. 
Wee, S.L.
Keywords: Community-based program
Frail older adults
Functional performance
Multicomponent exercise
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Dove Medical Press Ltd.
Citation: Tan, Q.L.L., Chye, L.M.Y., Ng, D.H.M., Chong, M.S., Ng, T.P., Wee, S.L. (2018). Feasibility of a community-based functional power training program for older adults. Clinical Interventions in Aging 13 : 309-316. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Abstract: Purpose: Community-based programs can increase and sustain physical activity participation in older adults, even for those who are physically frail. We studied the feasibility and potential effect of a 12-week structured Functional Power Training (FPT) program involving high velocities and low loads for older adults conducted in a common area of their housing estate. Patients and methods: The structured FPT program was conducted in collaboration with a health promotion social enterprise and a community service provider based in a public housing site. We recruited nine inactive residents as participants to the single, group-based, twice-weekly program. Attendance and adverse event(s) were recorded throughout the program. The Short Physical Performance Battery, Timed Up and Go (TUG), and 30s Sit-to-Stand tests were used to assess functional outcomes pre- and postprogram. The FRAIL Scale was used to assess their frailty status, and a postprogram experience survey was conducted. Results: Eight subjects (aged 74±10 years) completed the program with an average overall attendance of 90.3%, with at least five participants present for each session. Changes in functional outcomes showed a moderate-to-large effect with significant improvement in TUG (p<0.01). In addition, participants either reversed or maintained their frailty status (p<0.01). Overall, the program was perceived to be well structured, engaging, as well as providing physical and psychosocial benefits. No exercise-related adverse events occurred during the program, and participants were keen to recommend this program to others. Conclusion: Community-based structured FPT is safe and feasible for frail older adults, with the potential to improve function and reverse frailty status. © 2018 Tan et al.
Source Title: Clinical Interventions in Aging
ISSN: 1176-9092
DOI: 10.2147/CIA.S157911
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
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