The effects of a home-based exercise intervention on individuals with Parkinson's disease
Nocera, Joe Robert
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The purpose of this study was to evaluate a home-based exercise intervention for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Sixteen individuals, eight with Parkinson’s disease (74.6 ± 8.3 year) and eight healthy, aged-matched controls (71.0 ± 5.9 year) completed this study and were evaluated on; (1) balance as measured by a NeuroCom EquiTest Sensory Organization Test protocol, (2) a Functional Limitations Assessment measured on the EquiTest long forceplate including a Sit-to-Stand, Step-Up/Over, and a Walk Across and (3) isokinetic strength as measured by the HumacNorm isokinetic dynamometer proir to and after a 10 week home-based exercise intervention. Data were analyzed with mixed model repeated measures MANOVA. Based on data analysis it was concluded that individuals with Parkinson’s disease can significantly improve functional task measures with a convenient, home-based exercise intervention.