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Strength Training in Senior Living Facilities

© Wayne L. Westcott PhD

The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Keeping Fit by Wayne L. Westcott PhD. View all columns in series

Table 1. Results of 14-week strength training program with elderly nursing home residents (N = 19).

130 lbs.
131 lbs.
+1 lb.
Fat Weight
30 lbs.
27 lbs.
-3 lbs.
Lean (Muscle) Weight
100 lbs.
104 lbs.
+4 lbs.
Lower Body Strength
58 lbs.
105 lbs.
+47 lbs.
Upper Body Strength
38 lbs.
53 lbs.
+15 lbs.
Hip Flexibility
29 deg.
44 deg.
+15 deg.
Shoulder Flexibility
100 deg.
110 deg.
+9 deg.
FIM Score
78 pts.
89 pts.
+11 pts.
Mobility Distance
123 ft.
210 ft.
+87 ft.
Fall Rate

Special thanks to Scott Glover and Susan Ramsden for their assistance in analyzing the research data for this study.

Wayne L. Westcott, Ph.D., is fitness research director at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, MA., and author of several fitness books including the new releases, Building Strength and Stamina and Strength Training Past 50.

© 2000 Wayne L. Westcott, Ph.D. all rights reserved

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Wayne L. Westcott, Ph.D., is fitness research director at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, MA. He is strength training consultant for numerous national organizations, such as the American Council on Exercise, the American Senior Fitness Association, and the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, and editorial advisor for many publications, including Prevention, Shape, and......more
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