Volunteer residents at a care home are taking part in a new University of Birmingham study aimed at assessing whether exercising while seated can improve the health and well-being of frail older adults.
The study, called Keeping Active in Residential Elderly (KARE), is being conducted by the Physical Activity and Nutritional INfluencesIn ageing (PANINI) project research group at the University of Birmingham.
Residents living in Olivet Care Home and Sheltered Apartments in Birmingham, run by Christadelphian Care Homes, have volunteered to participate in the study. Those who qualified to take part are aged over 65 and are classed as 'frail' as they have any three of the following criteria: low levels of handgrip strength, unintentional weight loss, low levels of physical activity, slow walking speed, and self-reported exhaustion.
They will be measured before and after the study to assess their physical, psychological, cognitive, emotional and social health, as well as their immune function. They were selected at random to either take part in the resistance training group or a ‘control’ group which will receive their usual regular care throughout the duration of the study.
We hope this new study will show that encouraging exercise, even in an elderly frail population, is a viable solution to the problem that we are living longer but not healthier."