Group tele-exercise for improving balance in elders. Telemedicine Journal and e-Health

Author: Wu, G. & Keyes, L.
Conference/Journal: Telemedicine Journal and e-Health
Date published: 2006
Other: Volume ID: 12 , Pages: 561-570 , Word Count: 111

METHODS: Elderly subjects participated in a structured, interactive, and supervised exercise class from their own homes through a videoconferencing system. An Internet-based videoconferencing device was installed in each subject\'s home, allowing real-time video and audio communication with the exercise instructor and all other participants. The exercise was in the form of Tai Chi, three times per week for 15 weeks. The main study measures included exercise compliance, level of acceptance and satisfaction, and the effectiveness of the exercise program on balance, fear of falling, and general health. RESULTS: There were significant improvements postexercise in fear of falling score (18%), single leg stance time (43%), Up-and-Go time (21%), and body sway during quiet stance (>8%).