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Effect of long-term, community-based daily exercise on the ability to control the dynamic standing balance of Japanese elderly persons in relation to falls.
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PMID:  19519698     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
It is widely accepted that daily exercise improves the dynamic standing balance of elderly persons. In the current study, 77 community-dwelling Japanese elderly persons (aged 71.1 +/- 0.5 years) participated in a daily exercise program to assess its effect on their dynamic standing balance. The daily exercise consisted of walking, stretching, muscle strengthening, and balance exercises. The program ran for 31 months and the dynamic standing balance was assessed at the start of the program and again at 3, 7, 12, 19, 24, and 31 months. In most of the tests of dynamic standing balance, the measured values improved drastically in the first 7 months; thereafter, they either reached a plateau or continued to improve more slowly. These findings can contribute to the future planning of community-based exercise programs; in particular, the length of the program and the timing of changes to the exercise load.
Hiroshi Maejima; Hitoshi Sunahori; Takuya Otani; Nozomi Sakamoto; Osamu Yoshimura; Yoshiko Tobimatsu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nursing & health sciences     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1442-2018     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurs Health Sci     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100891857     Medline TA:  Nurs Health Sci     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  128-34     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Division of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Sciences, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima, Japan.
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