Title

Effectiveness of fall preventive exercises with modified terrain as to mobility, stability, and confidence in reducing the risk of falls in elderly residing in Franciscan Missionaries of Mary at General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite

Date of Completion

2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Keywords

Elderly, Exercise, Accidental Falls

Abstract

This study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of a four-week administration of fall preventive exercises with modified terrain as to mobility, static and dynamic stability, and confidence in reducing the risk of falls in frail elderly. This study utilized a two (2) group pretest-posttest experimental design. The implementation was held at Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, General Mariano Alvarez Cavite. Non-probability purposive sampling was used to identify the 13, 60-90 year old frail elderlies. The participants were randomly allocated into a control group and experimental group. Assessment tools such as time up and go test, Berg Balance Scale, and activities-specific Balance Confidence Scale were used to measure mobility, static and dynamic stability, and confidence from the participants respectively. Data analysis used was mean and t-test. As a result, the four-week administration of fall preventive exercises for modified terrain garnered not significant results as to mobility, static and dynamic stability, and confidence in reducing risk of falls in 60-90 year old frail elderly, due to the methodological limitations of the study regarding the sample size and time frame.

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