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Old 02-22-2011, 07:35 AM   #1
Bill M. Hesse
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Exercise for the elderly

Helping my fiancee do some research for school. We are looking for research that would sugguest why exercise is recommended to prevent falls in the elderly but in a clinical environment is passed over. What reasoning or limitations are present for healthcare workers to overlook this supposedly prescribed and recommended treatment to reduce falls? Evidence based answers are prefered. Journel articles are fine too
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:03 AM   #2
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Re: Exercise for the elderly

I'm afraid I can't offer resources, but am interested in knowing what you find out. Could you report back, please?

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Old 02-22-2011, 12:55 PM   #3
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Re: Exercise for the elderly

Try looking into grip strength and the elderly. I know it is highly correlated to falls.
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:47 PM   #4
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Re: Exercise for the elderly

Thanks for the advice, but what we are looking for is why healthcare professionals may not be prescribing exercise despite it being know to help prevent falls. We might scrape this project of we can't find anything. It is pproving tough. If we can't get something together soon, we may take a look at diabetes canadites as a case. The whole point of the assignment is to find something that is recommended for a paticular group but not being done in the clinical environment.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:02 PM   #5
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Re: Exercise for the elderly

There are a lot of articles about Quad Strength and the Elderly.

example: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/1...O;2-9/abstract (Worksafe)
Reduced quadriceps strength relative to body weight: A risk factor for knee osteoarthritis in women?
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:04 PM   #6
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Re: Exercise for the elderly

I don't want to know about exercise and the elderly, but why healthcare professionals may not be prescibing. An example could be the doctor not feeling confident talking about it b/c they are not a fitness guru or something along those lines. We just need to try and find something in writing.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:24 PM   #7
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Re: Exercise for the elderly

Bill you might find these CFJ articles helpful:

Training Silvers, May 28, 2010
He's 51--and Getting Younger, Jan 24, 2009
The 80-Year-Old Guinea Pig, Jan 11, 2009
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:25 PM   #8
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Strength is the most important aspect to increase to decrease falls.... not balance training.

Train your elderly with strength training


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Old 02-22-2011, 03:19 PM   #9
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Re: Exercise for the elderly

I am not looking for supporting evidence that shows strength = less falls risk. I am look for evidence or journel articles that address reasons doctors may not be recommending exercise as often as they should to elderly patients. I.e. is there a knowlege barrier gap or is it just overlooked, finacial reasons for the pt., stuff like that.

To recap, what reasons might a doctor or nurse practitioner not cover this information with their pt.? What can be found to support these guesses? We know physical activity play a large part in reducing falls risk, so why would it not be covered as adequetly as it should?

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Old 02-22-2011, 03:33 PM   #10
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Re: Exercise for the elderly

Hello, Here at Oklahoma State University a Dr. Bert Jacobson has been researching a "balance fall-safe exercise system" for the elderly, and he has gotten some very promising results. I believe he has a manuscript in preparation. He himself is an exercise enthusiast (and ex football star), and would, I'm sure, be delighted to talk with you. His email address is: "Bert H. Jacobson Jacobson" <bert.jacobson@okstate.edu>; his telephone is: 405-744-6632. Tell him Steve Price in the Office of Intellectual Property Management suggested you call.
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