Impact of resistance training on sarcopenia in nursing care facilities: A pilot study

Bothaina H Hassan, Jennifer Hewitt, Justin W L Keogh, Sandra Bermeo, Gustavo Duque, Tim R Henwood

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The impact of progressive resistance training on sarcopenia among very old institutionalized adults was investigated. Residents of Nursing Care Facilities were included in a controlled trial of twice weekly resistance and balance exercise program for six months (Age: 85.9 ± 7.5 years, Time in care: 707.1 ± 707.5 days, N = 21 per group). Sarcopenia was measured based on the European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People criteria. Of the recruited 42 participants, 35.7% had sarcopenia at baseline, with prevalence increasing in the control group post-intervention (42.9%-52.4%). Following training, the exercise group experienced a significant increase in grip strength when compared to controls (p = .02), and a within-group decrease in body mass index and increase in grip strength (p ≤ .007). Resistance and balance exercise has positive benefits for older adults residing in a nursing care facilities which may transfer to reduce disability and sarcopenia transition, but more work is needed to ensure improved program uptake among residents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-121
Number of pages6
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

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Hassan, Bothaina H ; Hewitt, Jennifer ; Keogh, Justin W L ; Bermeo, Sandra ; Duque, Gustavo ; Henwood, Tim R. / Impact of resistance training on sarcopenia in nursing care facilities : A pilot study. In: Geriatric Nursing. 2016 ; Vol. 37, No. 2. pp. 116-121.
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Impact of resistance training on sarcopenia in nursing care facilities : A pilot study. / Hassan, Bothaina H; Hewitt, Jennifer; Keogh, Justin W L; Bermeo, Sandra; Duque, Gustavo; Henwood, Tim R.

In: Geriatric Nursing, Vol. 37, No. 2, 01.03.2016, p. 116-121.

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