Effects of an Information and CommunicationTechnology-Based Fitness Program on Strength and Balancein Female Home Care Service Users

Jungreitmayr, Sonja and Ring-Dimitriou, Susanne and Trukeschitz, Birgit and Schneider, Cornelia (2021) Effects of an Information and CommunicationTechnology-Based Fitness Program on Strength and Balancein Female Home Care Service Users. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (7955). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1660-4601

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Abstract

There is evidence that training for strength and balance prevents decline in physical function in old age when the training is personally instructed. It is an open question whether interventions that deliver training via up-to-date technologies can achieve long-term effects. This study examined the effects of an 8-month fitness training program delivered via information and communication technology (ICT) on lower-body strength and balance in female home care users (n = 72) aged 75 years on average. For statistical analysis, the test group was divided into two subgroups, one who used the program at least 8 times per month (n = 26) and another one who used the program less often (n = 17) compared with a control group that received no exercise program (n = 29). It was found that regular ICT-exercisers exhibited positive effects over time on lower-body strength and balance compared to a decrease in both indicators in irregular exercisers and the control group. The authors see potential in offering exercise programs to people of advanced age via ICT to counteract physical decline in old age.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: exercise; function/mobility; assistive technology; assisted living
Divisions: Forschungsinstitute > Altersökonomie
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2021 15:13
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2021 15:13
Related URLs:
FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/100892/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/8230

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