Euro Health Care and Fitness Summit
Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Title: Innovative training program for elderly in long-term care
Biography: Slavko Rogan
Movement therapy, strength training and physical activity are essential components in promoting health, improving function and extending independence in elderly individuals. Effects of exercise and physical activity demonstrate valid evidence, at least for short-term effects. It should be noted that elderly individuals’ biological age appears different forms. Therefore, in order to plan individual therapy, one must first assess what the physical functional capacity is and which structures are responsible. Due to the different forms of physical and mental functions in any elderly individual, a classification into independent person (Go-Go), needy person with slight handicap (Slow-Go) and person in need of care with severe functional limitation (No-Go) should be performed. Go-Go and Slow-Go elderly individuals can exercise with traditional training regimes, in contrast to the No-Go elderly individuals because of their limited physical performance, among other reasons. Training regime in the No-Go group (especially LTC elderly) should be designed in a way that they can be carried out within a short time frame. These movement therapy and exercise regimes should include specific components of balance, strength and cognition. Slow-Go and No-Go elderly individuals can participate in traditional training regimes, in contrast to the No-Go elderly individuals because of their limited physical functional capacity, among other issues. Stochastic resonance whole-body vibration and video gaming are suitable innovative training methods for skilling up in LTC elderly. This presentation will describe how to classify and how to train No-Go elderly individuals.