Strength Training in Nonagenarians (STRONG)

H

Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañon

Status

Completed

Conditions

Elderly

Treatments

Behavioral: 8-week aerobic and strength training program

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT00848978
140

Details and patient eligibility

About

The Health Enhancing Strength Training in Nonagenarians (STRONG) is a randomised control trial to assess the effectiveness of an aerobic and strength training program for improving functional capacity and quality of life in nonagenarians. Sixty (51 women) nonagenarians (age range: 90-102 years) who live in a geriatric nursing home will be randomly assigned to either a usual care (control) group (n=30) or an intervention (training) group (n=30). Participants allocated in the usual care group will receive general physical activity guidelines and participants allocated in the intervention group will also enroll in three weekly non-consecutive individualized training sessions (~45-50 min each) during 8 weeks. The exercise program will consist of muscular strength [with a special focus on leg press at 30% (start of the program) to 70% 1 repetition maximum (end)] and aerobic exercises (cycle-ergometry during 3-5 to 15 minutes at 12-14 points in the rate of perceived exertion scale). Results from STRONG will help to better understand the potential of regular physical activity for improving the well-being of the oldest population groups.

Enrollment

60 patients

Sex

All

Ages

90 to 110 years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Age: 90 years or over.
  • Planning to stay in the same nursing home during the study.
  • Able to ambulate, with or without assistance.
  • Able to communicate.
  • Informed consent: Must be capable and willing to provide consent.

Exclusion criteria

  • Acute or terminal illness.
  • Myocardial infarction in the past 3 months.
  • Not capable to ambulate.
  • Unstable cardiovascular disease or other medical condition.
  • Upper or lower extremity fracture in the past 3 months.
  • Severe dementia.
  • Unwillingness to either complete the study requirements or to be randomised into control or training group.
  • Presence of neuromuscular disease or drugs affecting neuromuscular function.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Supportive Care

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

60 participants in 2 patient groups

2
Experimental group
Description:
The experimental group will participate in the aerobic and strength training program.
Treatment:
Behavioral: 8-week aerobic and strength training program
1
No Intervention group
Description:
The usual care group will receive general physical activity guidelines.

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