The effects of eight-week balance training or weight training for the elderly on fear of falling measures and social activity levels

Sukwon Kim, Thurmon Lockhart, Karen Roberto

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The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of participating in an eight-week physical training (ie. balance or weight training) on psychosocial outcomes for independently living healthy older adults. Eighteen older adults (65 years old or older) voluntarily participated in this study. Participants were randomly and evenly distributed in three different groups such as balance, weight or control group; six participants in each. Fear of falling and social activity levels were statistically tested by evaluating questionnaires validated in previous studies. Psychological factors improved in all groups after eight weeks (P < 0.05). Social interaction levels did not improve in any of the three groups, although all participants exhibited improvements in being physically independent (P < 0.05). Results suggested that being physically active as well as being socially active could result in being less fearful of falls, more confident of leaving residency, being more independent, and being more active.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1935639
Pages (from-to)37-48
Number of pages12
JournalQuality in Ageing and Older Adults
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009



  • Balance training
  • Confidence
  • Fear of falling
  • Independency
  • Social interaction
  • Weight training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Community and Home Care
  • Care Planning

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