Effects of resistance bands exercise for frail older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled studies

Review written by Dr Mariana Wingood info

Key Points

  1. Among frail older adults, both 12-week and 24-week exercise programs with resistance bands positively impact levels of depression.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Frailty has a number of definitions, with the Fried phenotype criteria (see Box 1) being the most commonly cited and implemented (1).

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Individuals identified as being frail have a higher risk of falling, requiring assistance with activities of daily living (ADL), being diagnosed with delirium, have a higher level of disability, and are at increased risk of hospitalization and death (2). Exercise is one of the primary interventions that is recommended for individuals with frailty. However, research related to the mode of exercise, including resistance band training, is inconclusive.

Therefore, this study aimed to examine the effects of resistance band exercises on frailty, muscle strength, ADL, depression, and quality of life among frail older adults.

Exercise is one of the primary interventions that is recommended for individuals with frailty.
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The intensity level / repetition range chosen should be related to the older adults’ exercise history.

METHODS

Research design: systematic review and meta-analysis

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