ReadySteady intervention to promote physical activity in older adults with Parkinson's disease: Study design and methods

Narayanan Krishnamurthi, Julie Fleury, Michael Belyea, Holly A. Shill, James J. Abbas

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Abstract

The main motor impairments of gait and balance experienced by people with Parkinson's disease (PD) contribute to a sedentary lifestyle, resulting in poor physical conditioning, loss of functional independence, and reduced quality of life. Despite the known benefits of physical activity in PD, the majority of older adults with PD are insufficiently active. Few studies incorporate behavioral change approaches to promoting physical activity in PD. The main goal of this research is to foster community mobility in older adults with PD by promoting physical activity and improving gait patterns using a theory-based behavioral change intervention. The ReadySteady intervention combines wellness motivation theory with polestriding physical activity, which has been shown to be beneficial for people with PD. The intervention will be tested using a randomized controlled design, including inactive older adults diagnosed with PD. Participants will be randomly assigned the 12-week ReadySteady intervention, 12-week polestriding, and education intervention, or 12-week education intervention. Thirty-six older adults with PD will participate in each of the interventions. Level of physical activity, clinical scores, quantitative measures of gait and balance control, and motivational variables for each intervention will be measured at three time points: pre-intervention, post-intervention (12 weeks), and follow-up (24 weeks). If the intervention is beneficial, it may serve as a sustainable addition to current practice in health promotion efforts serving the PD population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100513
JournalContemporary Clinical Trials Communications
Volume17
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Physical activity
  • Polestriding
  • Wellness motivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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