Presenter: Mandy Shintani, Reg. OT(BC) & Gerontologist
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Participants in the Activator℗ pole Nordic walking program improved their balance as measured by the BERG balance test and there were no falls while the program was active. This improvement in the BERG balance test and reduction in number of falls were not maintained after the program was over. Although the sample is very small, this project suggests that Nordic walking could be an appropriate intervention to maintain functional independence and prevent falls for the elderly. Ferland & Robbins (current) Ste-Anne’s Veterans Hospital, Montreal. Unpublished.
Outdoor walkers with dementia used Activator poles in an innovative geriatric rehabilitation approach. These data suggest that the use of Activator walking poles contribute to the strengthening of the upper limbs while improving balance and could reduce the risk of falls from users. Bone density, walking speed and strength in the lower limbs were maintained, which is clinically significant for individuals in this population. Chassé, Germain, Ferland & Gareau (2017) Ste-Anne’s Veterans Hospital, Montreal. Unpublished.