ACTIVE-AGE@HOME: A HOME-BASED FUNCTIONAL EXERCISE PROGRAM FOR COMMUNITY-DWELLING FRAIL OLDER ADULTS
A lot of people experience acute or chronic conditions that reduce quality of life and self-reliance in later life. Physical activity can slow down or even reverse this vulnerability. In addition, it also promotes mental health and increases the chances of socialising. Unfortunately, due to many personal and environmental barriers, vulnerable people get little exercise.
In this four-year project, we want to investigate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a functional exercise programme for frail 70-plussers living at home.
The functional training programme ACTIVE-AGE@home developed by the Arteveldehogeschool trains vulnerable people in their own home environment. The programme is made up of simple and functional exercises linked to activities of daily living such as climbing stairs, getting up from a chair and moving objects around the room. Flanking the physical training, each participant's personal goals are also determined and a strong link is made to - for the participant - meaningful / meaningful activities.
In this four-year project, we want to examine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the training programme in two groups: one group is supervised by professionals for 24 weeks. Another group is supervised for 24 weeks by trained volunteers/caregivers.
These two conditions will be compared with current standard care for frail people living at home through a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. A total of 192 frail over-70s will be recruited in this study. Each participant will receive pre-, post- and follow-up measurement of both physical, mental and social parameters.
The ultimate goal of this research project is to improve the quality of life of the frail over-70s.
VUB, UZ Brussel, UAntwerpen, Arteveldehogeschool, UGent
Financed by Scientific Research Fund - Flanders (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Vlaanderen - FWO)