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A CommunityBased Physical Maintenance Program for Frail Older Adults: The Stay Well Program

Cowan, David MD, MIR, BaH, FRCP(C); Radman, Heather BKin, Hon, BA; Lewis, David PhD; Turpie, Irene MSc, MB, ChB, FRCP(C), FRCP(Glas)

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation:
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0b013e3181bdd70c
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Abstract

This article describes an ongoing exercise program for frail community-dwelling older adults and provides some preliminary evidence of impact on functional status and health service utilization. Four hundred sixty older adults participated in the Stay Well program over a 9-year period. Health service utilization, heart rate, functional status, and health-related quality of life were measured at enrolment and 1-year follow-up. Although there were no significant differences in health-related quality of life, there were significant improvements in functional status and reductions in health system utilization. This program represents an effective strategy for promoting health and functional independence for frail older adults.

Author Information

St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton (Drs Cowan and Turpie and Ms Radman) and Department of Medicine, McMaster University, (Drs Cowan, Lewis and Turpie), Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Corresponding Author: David Cowan, MD, MIR, BaH, FRCP(C), St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, 2757 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8G 5E4, Canada (cowand@mcmaster.ca).

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.