Korean J Rehabil Nurs.  2011 Jun;14(1):47-53.

Effects of Rhythmic Exercise Program on the Perceived Health Status, Depression, Life Satisfaction and Physical Strength in Elderly

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Seonam University, Korea.
  • 2Chosun Nursing College, Korea.
  • 3Department of Nursing, Dongkang College, Korea. rahn00@hanmail.net

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of rhythmic exercise program on perceived health status, depression, life satisfaction and physical strength in elderly. METHOD: A convenience sample of 20 elderly, participated in the study from a community health center located in an urban city, South Korea. SPSS/WIN 17.0 was used for descriptive analysis, paired t-test and Pearson correlation.
RESULTS
After 8 weeks exercise program, perceived health status (t=0.48, p<.001), depression (t=-0.93, p=.001), life satisfaction (t=1.01, p=.002 and physical strength (t=1.70, 0.70, 0.72, all p<.001) in elderly were significantly improved. Three were significant correlations between depression and perceived health status (r=-.63, p=.004) and life satisfaction (r=-.70, p=.001).
CONCLUSION
Further are warranted to validate the effects of a rhythmic exercise program for the elderly in a larger sample.

Keyword

Elderly; Rhythmic Exercise; Perceived Health Status; Depression; Life Satisfaction; Physical Strength
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