Effectiveness of Lafiska exercise on risk of fall, balance, and health status in the elderly

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Abstract

This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of Latihan Fisik Lansia “elderly physical exercise” on the balance status, risk of fall, and health status of institutionalized older adults. A quasi-experimental design was applied measuring pre-test and post-test outcomes in a control group to determine the effectiveness of the intervention in the interventional group. Eighty participants from Panti Sosial Tresna Werdha Budi Mulia 1 Cipayung were divided into an inter-ventional group with 39 older adults (70.3 ± 8.13 years) and a control group with 41 older adults (69.88 ± 8.71 years). Trained facilitators guided the exercise during 16 sessions over eight weeks, each having duration of 50 min, with a small group consisting of 10-12 participants. This study used Morse Fall Scale to measure risk of fall, Berg Balance Scale to measure balance status, and SF-12 to measure health status. Lafiska had an impact on lowering risk of fall, enhancing balance status, and enhancing health status (P value <.0001). Lafiska is a viable exercise option for older adults with independent mobility, as well as older adults with assistive devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-342
Number of pages6
JournalEnfermeria Clinica
Volume28
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Balance status
  • Health status
  • Lafiska
  • Older adults
  • Risk of fall

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