Benefits of physical rehabilitation for residents in long term care

Researchers from the Bradford Royal Infirmary, in West Yorkshire, UK reviewed the evidence.

First, the details.

  • 49 studies of 3,611 people (average age of 82 years) were reviewed.
  • Treatment duration was typically 3, 30-minutes sessions per week for 12 weeks.
  • Exercise was the main component of the sessions.

And, the results.

  • On average, the patients participated in 84% of sessions.
  • 33 studies, including 9 studies of more than 100 participants, reported positive findings, mostly improvement in mobility but also strength, flexibility, and balance.

The bottom line?

The authors think more research is needed, but based on the available data, “physical rehabilitation for older people in long-term care is acceptable and potentially effective.”

Maintaining physical activity is important for older people, regardless of where they live, as reported here.

2/5/10 19:34 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.