Activity, Gait, and Efficacy (AGE II): Functional Limitations and Quality of Life

2014-08-27 03:17:20 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of a DVD-delivered, home-based, six-month physical activity intervention for older adults.


This program compares progressive strength, flexibility, toning and balance (FlexToBa) activities delivered via home-based DVD intervention compared to an attention control group to determine the program's effects on functional limitations, functional performance in everyday activities, balance, and quality of life (QOL) in sedentary older adults over 65 years of age. The principals of REAIM (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance) will be implemented into the design and evaluation of the program in order to determine the generalizable cost-effectiveness and potential public health impact of delivering physical activity to older adults via DVD media. Measurements assessed at baseline, six months, and 12 months include: functional performance and functional limitations, self-efficacy, physical activity, and measures of health status and well-being. We propose to recruit and randomly assign 250 older (65+) adults from across Central Illinois to the FlexToBa condition or to an attention control condition. The former will receive the activity program DVD and the latter will receive a healthy aging DVD (with no physical activity instruction). The control group will be offered the FlexToBa program following 6-month follow-up assessments. The health relevance of this project is considerable as it targets a population that is largely sedentary and suffers from unprecedented levels of functional limitations, factors that have significant implications for compromised quality of life and independent living. By adopting broad recruitment strategies with few exclusionary criteria, we will be able to effectively improve the physical activity behavior of a diverse class of older adults. Offering this as a DVD-based physical activity program will provide a convenient opportunity for older adults to become and stay physically active. We intend to provide a limited number of DVD players to those interested participants who do not already own one.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment




Home-based, DVD-delivered physical activity, Usual care/Wait list


Department of Kinesiology & Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
United States




University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:17:20-0400

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