US Clinical Trial NCT03981692

The Effect of Different Dual Task Training Programs on the Balance, Fear of Fall and Quality of Life in Geriatric Individuals  Jun 7, 2019

For the purpose, the number of 42 participants reached by the power analysis method was determined as 60 people considering the possible separations. 60 participants will be included in the study. Participants should not have any orthopedic, neurological and cognitive disabilities and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) scale score should be 21 or higher. Participants will be divided into two groups as random sequential and integrated dual activity groups.

In the study sit-up, stand on one leg (eye open-closed), standing 30 sec stop (eye open closed stop), 10 m walk backward, sitting on top of the ball (eye open-closed), transfer of weight on the top-left, walking in straight line, 30 sec. stop on soft ground (eye open-close), balance training which does not force their efforts will be given in two groups.

For the sequential dual activity group, immediately after these trainings, you should expected to find the letters Z in the mixed letters, search for the five words you read on the previous page, find the similarities between the concepts, find the letter in the given tables, derive the fruit names starting with the letter, count the days of the week etc. Attention, memory and arithmetic training will be given the ability to run. For the integrated dual activity group will be given similar cognitive tasks during simple balance training.

The training program will be prolonged 8 weeks and 2 days per week for both groups.

The assessment tests will perform and a quality of life questionnaire will conduct before and after the program. The assessments will be performed: MOCA, Berg Balance Scale, Normal and Cognitive Time Walking Test, Tinneti Fall Activity Scale, 10m Walking Rate and Cognitive Dual Activity Cost Calculation During Walk, Time Up and Go (TUG), WHOQOL-OLD Quality of Life Questionnaire.

Although there are many studies to increase and measure the balance and physical capacity of geriatric individuals in the literature, there is no study comparing the benefits of sequential and integrated cognitive dual activity training.

A major cause of morbidity and mortality is a fall injury in the elderly. Therefore, preventing falls in geriatrics and increasing the ability to balance is an important public health priority.

Our study aims to benefit the public health, the reduction of health expenses of our country, the physiotherapists working with geriatric individuals and the literature.


Dual Task Exercises in Geriatrics

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Source:  NIH Last updated:  Jun 12, 2019

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