Efectividad de los ejercicios de equilibrio entre los adultos mayores en Depok, Indonesia

Translated title of the contribution: Effectiveness of balance exercise among older adults in Depok City, Indonesia

Stefanus Mendes Kiik, Junaiti Sahar, Henny Permatasari

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Abstract

Objective: Falls are a serious problem for older adults. Balance impairment is one of the most significant reasons why adults fall from a standing position. This study aims to investigate the effect of an eight-week postural balance exercise intended to reduce the risk of falls among older adults in a community in Depok City, Indonesia. Method: This quasi-experimental study employed a pre- and post-test design using a control group. The study involved an intervention group of 30 respondents and a control group of a further 30 respondents. The sample was selected using multistage random sampling. The data were analyzed using a t-test. Results: The balance exercise significantly affected the respondents’ postural balance and reduced their risk of falling. There were significant differences between the two groups (intervention group and control group) in postural balance (p <.001) and the risk of suffering a fall (p =.023). Conclusion: Balance exercises can be utilized as one of the preventive efforts to maintain postural balance and reduce the risk of falls among older adults. Future studies may consider the variation of age to more accurately determine the effectiveness of this balance exercise.

Translated title of the contributionEffectiveness of balance exercise among older adults in Depok City, Indonesia
Original languageSpanish
JournalEnfermeria Clinica
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Accidental falls
  • Adult
  • Exercise therapy
  • Indonesia
  • Postural balance
  • Risk

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