The Effect of the ENJOY Seniors Exercise Park Physical Activity Program on Falls in Older People in the Community: A Prospective Pre-Post Study Design

Levinger, P. and Dunn, J. and Panisset, M. G. and Haines, T. and Dow, B. and Batchelor, F. and Biddle, S. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7663-6895 and Duque, G. and Hill, K. D. (2022) The Effect of the ENJOY Seniors Exercise Park Physical Activity Program on Falls in Older People in the Community: A Prospective Pre-Post Study Design. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 26 (3). pp. 217-221. ISSN 1279-7707

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Abstract

Background: The ENJOY project (Exercise interveNtion outdoor proJect in the cOmmunitY for older people) is a community-based research project actively promoting physical activity engagement through the delivery of an exercise program using outdoor multimodal exercise equipment. This study investigated the impact of the physical activity program on falls in older people. Method: This study was a multi-site prospective study with a pre-post intervention design and 12-month follow up. Eighty older people with increased falls risk underwent a 12-week supervised outdoors exercise program followed by a 6-month maintenance phase. The proportion of fallers and falls incidence were compared between the preceding and the prospective years. Results: A sample of 54 (age 72.4±7.3, 79.6% women) was available for the 12 months analysis (due to COVID19 lockdowns, data of 19 participants were excluded and 4 dropped out). Number of fallers (from 51.8% to 31.4%, p=0.03) and falls incidence (from 42 to 29 falls, p<0.01) were significantly reduced at the 12-months follow up. Conclusion: The ENJOY Seniors Exercise Park program integrates outdoor multimodal exercise stations including specific exercises designed to challenge dynamic balance during functional daily movements. The outcomes provide preliminary evidence for the potential positive impact of the ENJOY Seniors Exercise Park in reducing falls for older people.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2022 02:28
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2022 05:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: Falls; older people; physical activity; seniors exercise park
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420301 Aged health care
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200502 Health related to ageing
20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200202 Evaluation of health outcomes
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12603-021-1724-1
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/50653

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