Learning to improve mobility and quality of life in a well elderly population: the benefits of awareness through movement

Finding movement

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Publication Type:

Magazine Article

Authors:

Stephens

Sorgente:

United States (2005)

URL:

http://www.iffresearchjournal.org/stephens2005.htm

Abstract:

<em>Objectives: </em>This study tested the hypothesis that an alternative movement learning method, Awareness Through Movement, would produce improvements in coordination, mobility, economy of movement and quality of life in older adults. <em>Methods:</em> A group of 31 older adults was studied using a prospective, repeated measures control group design. The SF-36 was used to assess health status - quality of life. Video motion analysis was used to collect data on walking and on a floor to stand transfer movement. <em>Results:</em> Coordination of the transfer movement improved significantly in the experimental group. Vitality and mental health scores also improved significantly in this group. Interesting differences between young-old and old-old changes were observed. <em>Conclusions:</em> Awareness Through Movement may be an additional effective method for pursuing the objectives of Healthy People 2010.

Notes:

Stephens, James, Pendergast, Christopher, Roller, Beth Ann, &amp; Weiskittel, Robert Scott (2005). Learning to improve mobility and quality of life in a well elderly population: the benefits of awareness through movement. <em>IFF Academy Feldenkrais Research Journal</em>, 2. From: http://www.iffresearchjournal.org/stephens2005.htm

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