Improving physical function in older adults

Download Improving physical function in older peopleThe report Reducing sarcopenia in older adults and improving wellbeing through targeted chair-based resistance exercises sets out the findings of a pilot that look place from May to December 2016 in four locations in the UK; Banbury, Leicester, Oxford and Suffolk.

Royal Voluntary Service, working in partnership with innovative experts in exercise for the over 60s - Move it or Lose it! -  developed a bespoke chair-based resistance exercise programme for Royal Voluntary Service staff and volunteers to deliver.  All of the exercises are focused on tasks which help people maintain their independence in the home – such as washing, dressing or getting out of bed etc; each of the classes are also focused on creating a fun, interactive, and social environment – so what keeps people coming back are not only the exercises but socialising with friends/neighbours.

In summary, overall, the pilot, showed positive impacts for older people on:

  • Physical function
  • Happiness
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness

The findings from this pilot suggest that targeted resistance based exercises are not only very effective for addressing sarcopenia/frailty but might be an effective intervention for also tackling loneliness/isolation and improving wellbeing. And, that such impact can be achieved in a relatively short period of time – 10 to 14 weeks.

Download Reducing sarcopenia in older adults and improving wellbeing