Thesis

Visual feedback-based balance training for older adults

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a balance program
 for older adults using visual feedback-based balance training (VFBT). Sixteen
 females (mean age: 86 ± 5.9) residing in an independent retirement community volunteered
 to participate in the study. Participants served as their own control in this study
 with pre and post measurements. For balance training, subjects performed VFBT for a
 minimum of 20 minutes, three times each week, for four weeks. Nine participants were
 able to complete the study. Pre and post treatment measurements included BMI, timed
 up and go, functional reach, and Activities-specific Based Confidence (ABC) questionnaire.
 No significant changes (p < 0.05) were observed between pre and post measurements.
 Although no significant change occurred, a positive trend was observed in ABC
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 questionnaires. More research is needed to support VFBT as a means to improve balance
 or reduce fear of falling in older women.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a balance program for older adults using visual feedback-based balance training (VFBT). Sixteen females (mean age: 86 ± 5.9) residing in an independent retirement community volunteered to participate in the study. Participants served as their own control in this study with pre and post measurements. For balance training, subjects performed VFBT for a minimum of 20 minutes, three times each week, for four weeks. Nine participants were able to complete the study. Pre and post treatment measurements included BMI, timed up and go, functional reach, and Activities-specific Based Confidence (ABC) questionnaire. No significant changes (p < 0.05) were observed between pre and post measurements. Although no significant change occurred, a positive trend was observed in ABC viii questionnaires. More research is needed to support VFBT as a means to improve balance or reduce fear of falling in older women.

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