Physical Activation of Elderly and the Decrease of Falling Risk
Martha Ornelas, Verónica Benavides, Juan F. Aguirre, Gabriel Gastélum, Judith M. Rodríguez-Villalobos
Physical Activation, Older Adult, Risk of Falling, Joint Mobility
ABSTRACT: A Physical Activation Program was designed and implemented with a particular emphasis in recovering of motor independence, and in an indirect manner; the increase of activities was carried out in a social context in such a way that it allowed isolated elderly to develop their ability to perform daily activities diminishing the burden on their caregivers. 30 people were randomly selected: 15 subjects in the experimental group and 15 in the control group; 7 women and 8 men each group. Subjects aged between 60 - 84 years with a mean age of 78 years and a standard deviation of 6.5 were applied in a three-month Physical Activation Program with a 45-min daily sessions. Results obtained showed that physical activity in elderly, systematically improved their amplitude and joint mobility which impact directly and indirectly their quality of life, reducing their risk of falling.