Skip Navigation LinksHome > October/December 2009 - Volume 25 - Issue 4 > A Community‐Based Physical Maintenance Program for Frail Old...
Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation:
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0b013e3181bdd70c
Article

A Community‐Based 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)

Collapse Box

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.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

Login

Article Tools

Share

Follow TGR on Twitter

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.