Combined Training’s Effects on Elderly People’s Development to Minimize Risk of Falling
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Warawoot Chuangchai and Yongyuth Siripakarn (2018) Combined Training’s Effects on Elderly People’s Development to Minimize Risk of Falling. West East Journal of Social Sciences, Volume 7 Number 1 April, Page 1-12.
Falls are the leading issue threatening the elderly persons’ well-being. The cause of falls is concerned with cognitive and motor dysfunctions which greatly impact the daily lives of the elderly people. With such awareness, the present study reviews the effects of combined training intervention that can improve cognitive and motor plasticity. The elderly fallers (n = 14), and the elderly non-fallers (n = 14) aged 62 - 85 years old participated in this study. The combined training sessions covered 8 levels of Stroop test and practice as well as 8 sessions of ball juggling. The difficulty of both types of training continued to increase each week. Pretest, mid-test, and posttest data derived from the participants were examined along these 8-week activities. For participant characteristics,
significant differences of the elderly fallers were found at pretest, mid-test, and posttest in the category of time spent with all answers on the left hand in finger-nose test, time spent with all answers on the right hand in finger-nose test, weight, and body mass index (P = 0.001, P = 0.007, P = 0.022, and P = 0.022 respectively). For the elderly nonfallers, differences were found in the category of time spent with all answers on the left hand in finger-nose test, time
spent with all answers on the right hand in finger-nose test, weight, body mass index, and the 6-minute walk test in diastolic blood pressure at rest (P < 0.001, P = 0.002, P = 0.012, P = 0.013, and P = 0.023 respectively).
The present study therefore suggests the benefits of combined training that could empower cognitive and motor plasticity to finally help reduce risks of falling among elderly persons.
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