BALANCE ABILITY IMPROVEMENT OF SENIORS 65+ DURING THE SPA STAY

Radek NÁPRSTEK, Milada KREJČÍ, Jiří KAJZAR, Martin HILL

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The study was elaborated within the project GAČR ID 17-25710S „Basic research of balance changes in seniors“. The aim of the study was to verify the feasibility of the intervention program “Life in Balance” in the conditions of a spa stay in Jupiter Bechyně Spa for seniors 65+ and to prove that the spa environment. Twenty participants (16 females, 4 males) in the age interval of 65 to77 years old, attending comprehensive spa care, underwent the balance intervention as a part of their spa care. The following diagnostic methods were used: Medical Anamnesis, Functional anthropological examination; Tinetti Balance Assessment Tool, Short Form Health Survey (SF-36), the scale “Anamnestic Self-Assessment”. The Tinetti dynamic balance score as well as the Tinetti overall balance score of the participants improved significantly after the intervention. The intervention method “Life in Balance” can be implemented into the spa program of seniors 65+. It can influence significantly the overall balance ability. The spa environment is a very suitable place for such an intervention and it is possible to recommend the intervention program “Life in Balance” as a part of the spa medical rehabilitation care.

Key words: Bio-psycho-social aspects of balance, Intervention „Life in Balance“, Seniors 65+, Spa.

Acknowledgement: Research was supported and funded by the Czech Science Foundation – project GAČR ID 17-25710S “Basic research of balance changes in seniors”.


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