Effekter på fysisk kapacitet och livskvalitet bland äldre efter 5 veckors styrketräning och samtal
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Background and aims: All across Europe the average age of the population is steadily increasing and the cost for elderly care is expected to increase accordingly. One effective way to keep the elderly physically as well as psychologically strong and healthy is through resistance training. The aim of this intervention is to investigate the improvement in health and strength that can be achieved in elderly subjects after just a few weeks of training and regular conversation.
Methods: Twelve elderly from two separate senior living facilities in Umeå, Sweden, were tested with sit to stand test and grip strength test and also General health questionnaire 12. Then they underwent training during five weeks. After the five weeks they were tested again to try to ascertain the effects. All participants were older than 65 years. Five of the participants had five conversations of 30 minutes each during the intervention period.
Results: Grip strength in left hand was significantly improved (p=0,033). The right hand grips strength (p=0,057) and sit to stand test (p=0,068) did not show any significant improvement. Psychological well-being was also improved according to GHQ 12 (with a change in median from 3 to 1 in).
Discussion: We found a tendency that training improves strength in the elderly after just five weeks of training. Simple training also seems to improve psychological well-being in a group of residents.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 29 p.
Sport and Fitness Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-105620OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-105620DiVA: diva2:827093