Effects of Playful Exercise of Older Adults on Balance and Physical Activity: a Randomized Controlled Trial

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  • Humira Ehrari
  • Rasmus Tolstrup Larsen
  • Henning Langberg
  • Henning Boje Andersen
There is evidence that one of the most important approaches to improving the healthy ageing of older adults is for them to carry out daily physical activity. However, motivation to engage in physical activity is often low in old age. This study investigated the potential of engaging older adults in playful exercise to increase physical activity and balance. A randomised control trial (RCT) was performed with 26 independently living older adults (initially 38, but 12 were lost to illness or death during the course of the project), mean age 83.54 (SD: 7.12), 19 women. Participants were randomly allocated to intervention (n = 16) or control (n = 12) (originally 19 in each group). The intervention consisted of playful exercise on Moto tiles 6 * 2 min twice a week over 10 weeks, while control group participants engaged in normal daily activities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Population Ageing
Pages (from-to)207–222
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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