Volume 9, Issue 1 (4-2014)                   Salmand: Iranian Journal of Ageing 2014, 9(1): 32-39 | Back to browse issues page

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Khajavi D, Farokhi A, Jaberi Moghadam A A, Kazemnejad A. The Impact of a Training Intervention Program on Fall-related Psychological Factors Among Male Older Adults in Arak. Salmand: Iranian Journal of Ageing. 2014; 9 (1) :32-39
URL: http://salmandj.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-498-en.html
1- Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, University of Arak, Arak, Iran. , d-khajavi@araku.ac.ir
2- Tehran University
3- Tarbiat Modares University
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Objectives: Falls and fall-related physiological and psychological events are major problems for elderly people. The objective of this research was to examine the effect of an interventional training program on fall-related psychological factors among the elderly men in Arak.

Methods & Materials: In this quasi experiment research on male older adults in Arak, 27 participants randomly assigned to Control group (mean age=70.21±6.65) and Experimental group (mean age=66.07±4.38). Experimental group members participated in a 12 week interventional training program.

Results: The findings showed that training intervention program improved fall-related psychological factors (Fall Self-Efficacy/Fear of Fall and Activities-specific Balance Confidence/Balance Self-Efficacy) in experimental group. No significant changes appeared in fall-related psychological factors in control group members who did not perform any regular training program.
Conclusion: According to the findings, regular interventional training program can decrease fear of fall and increase balance confidence in performing the activities of everyday life by improving physical and motor fitness levels. These improvements can lead to physical and psychological health, increase in quality of life among older adults, and eventually successful aging.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2013/12/10 | Accepted: 2014/02/20 | Published: 2014/04/01

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