Fisher NM, DR Pendergast and E Calkins. Muscle Rehabilitation
in Impaired Elderly Nursing Home Residents. Arch Phys
Med Rehabil 72(3):181-185, 1991.
Based on observations of changes in muscle function associated
with aging, and the exacerbation of these changes with frailty,
a program of muscle strengthening has been developed to correct
specific defects in muscles. This pilot study was undertaken on
18 functionally impaired nursing home residents (age range 60 to
90 years) with markedly deteriorated muscle function (50%) secondary
to age, disuse, and multiple chronic illnesses. Fourteen of the
subjects completed the six-week program without adverse effects.
In 75% of the patients, there was improved muscle function, with
endurance, strength, and speed increasing 35%, 15%, and 10%, respectively.
After the program, many subjects increased their spontaneous activity
and decreased their dependency. The improvements were still evident
four months after rehabilitation. These results suggest that it
may be possible, through a carefully supervised, short-term program
of muscle rehabilitation, for nursing home residents to achieve
an enhanced level of physical functioning.
R, NM Fisher, A Veicsteinas, DR Pendergast. Aerobic
Training and Cardiovascular Responses at Rest and during Exercise
in Older Men and Women. Med Sci Sports Exerc 34:700-708,
DR, NM Fisher and E Calkins. Cardiovascular, neuromuscular,
and metabolic alterations with age leading to frailty .
J Gerontol: Biol Sci 48(Special Issue):61-67, 1993.
R, S Milesi, NM Fisher, DR Pendergast, A Veicsteinas.
Heart Rate Variability during Dynamic Exercise in Elderly
Males and Females. Eur J Appl Physiol 82(1-2):8-15, 2000.
NM, DR Pendergast. Improved cardiac output after exercise
in the head-down tilt position in elderly subjects. Gerontologist
39 Special Issue I:466, 1999.
NM, DR Pendergast and E Calkins. Maximal Isometric Torque
of Knee Extension as a Function of Muscle Length in Subjects of Advancing
age. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 71(10):729-734, 1990.
Pendergast DR, E Calkins, NM Fisher and R Vickers. Muscle
Rehabilitation in Nursing Home Residents with Cognitive Impairment:
a Pilot Study. Am J Alzheimer Care Rel Dis July/August::
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