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UIC: Gentle Exercise Program Improves Outcomes Among Older Home Care Clients

A study published in Innovation in Aging, a journal of the Gerontological Society of America, shows that a gentle exercise program delivered by home care aides improved client health, especially among participants whose caregivers are not family members.

Published by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the study assessed changes in clients’ physical abilities and the amount of social support provided by clients’ home care aides as a result of the exercise program.

“As regular caregivers, home care aides are well-positioned to promote physical activity among frail older adults in home settings,” said Dr. Naoko Muramatsu, the study’s author.

The program, called Healthy Moves for Aging Well, includes low-risk, gentle exercises: a seated step-in-place, arm curls and an ankle point-and-flex. During regular visits, trained home care aides administer the program, remind clients of their daily activity goals, and provide motivation to complete the exercises. The Healthy Moves program, originally developed by Partners in Care Foundation, was adapted for home care aides to deliver to their clients.

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