Effects of an Information and CommunicationTechnology-Based Fitness Program on Strength and Balancein Female Home Care Service Users

Sonja Jungreitmayr, Susanne Ring-Dimitriou, Birgit Trukeschitz, Cornelia Schneider

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Abstract

There is evidence that training for strength and balance prevents decline in physical function in old age when the training is personally instructed. It is an open question whether interventions that deliver training via up-to-date technologies can achieve long-term effects. This study examined the effects of an 8-month fitness training program delivered via information and communication technology (ICT) on lower-body strength and balance in female home care users (n = 72) aged 75 years on average. For statistical analysis, the test group was divided into two subgroups, one who used the program at least 8 times per month (n = 26) and another one who used the program less often (n = 17) compared with a control group that received no exercise program (n = 29). It was found that regular ICT-exercisers exhibited positive effects over time on lower-body strength and balance compared to a decrease in both indicators in irregular exercisers and the control group. The authors see potential in offering exercise programs to people of advanced age via ICT to counteract physical decline in old age.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 14
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number7955
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502046 Economic policy
  • 504007 Empirical social research
  • 509005 Gerontology
  • 509012 Social policy

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