The Effect of Chair Yoga in Older Adults with Moderate and Severe Alzheimer's Disease.

Author: McCaffrey R, Park J, Newman D, Hagen D.
Conference/Journal: Res Gerontol Nurs.
Date published: 2014 Feb 26
Other: Pages: 1-7 , Special Notes: doi: 10.3928/19404921-20140218-01 , Word Count: 142

Using a quasi-experimental single-group design, this study examined the feasibility of older adults with Alzheimer's disease (AD)-type dementia to complete the Sit 'N' Fit Chair Yoga Program. Physical function of participants who completed the program was measured. The nine older adults with AD (mean age = 83) participated in the 8-week Sit 'N' Fit Chair Yoga Program. To measure physical function, the Six-Minute Walk Test, the Gait Speed Test, and the Berg Balance Scale were administered at pre-intervention, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, and 1 month after program completion. All participants completed the program. Positive changes were seen across all physical measures. Further study, using a larger sample and including a control group, is needed to fully determine the effect of the Sit 'N' Fit Chair Yoga Program on older adults with moderate to severe AD. [Res Gerontol Nurs. 20xx; x(x):xxx-xxx.].
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PMID: 24568209