Construction of group exercise sessions in geriatric inpatient rehabilitation

Wallin, Marjo, Talvitie, Ulla, Cattan, Mima and Karppi, Sirkka-Liisa (2008) Construction of group exercise sessions in geriatric inpatient rehabilitation. Health Communication, 23 (3). pp. 245-252. ISSN 1041-0236

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10410230802055349

Abstract

There is little knowledge about the ways geriatric physiotherapy is being carried out in practice and about the situational construction of formal policies for promoting physical activity. This article examines how professional physiotherapists and frail community-dwelling older adults as their clients use talk and action to construct a group exercise session in an inpatient rehabilitation setting in Finland. The analysis of 7 group exercise sessions with a total of 52 clients and 9 professional physiotherapists revealed 3 different practitioner approaches, which served different functions in older adults' empowerment and lifestyle activity change. The highly structured approach favored taciturn physical performances completed independently and successfully by frail older adults. The guided exercise approach with individualized guidance encouraged occasional coconstruction of shared understanding of learning the exercises. The circuit training approach facilitated occasional self-regulation by the clients. The results of this study indicate that a combination of different approaches is required to address the multifaceted needs of heterogeneous frail older adults.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: exercise therapy, older people, rehabilitation
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Public Health and Wellbeing
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2009 10:58
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 11:40
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/803

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