Falls are a major issue in elderly population, and exercising can mitigate their occurrence. However, poor exercise adherence is often observed in older adults.
Start: 2022 – End: 2025
Helping older people recover walking abilities through arm-in-arm gait training: a randomized controlled trial
Equipe: Philippe Terrier, chef de projet
A high level of physical activity is associated with positive health outcomes in elderly people. Besides, falls are a major issue in elderly population, and exercising can mitigate their occurrence. However, poor exercise adherence is often observed in older adults. Lack of motivation, and other psychological and social factors (depression, social isolation, and cognitive ability), are barriers that withdraw many elderly people from exercise benefits. The type of exercise we propose for elderly participants consists in arm-in-arm walking with a younger relative. To make it simple, elderly adults – especially those who fall frequently – have impaired gait patterns. Younger participants will act as ‘gait teachers’ that will help reinstate a healthy gait pattern, which may mitigate the risk of future falls. Furthermore, the implication of relatives may improve exercise adherence. Indeed, performing exercise with a partner brings reassurance, support, and motivation.
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