EXAMINING THE EFFECTS OF A SINGLE EXERCISE SESSION ON THE WELL-BEING OF ELDERLY ADULTS: A COMPARISON BETWEEN FALLERS AND NON-FALLERS
According to research, well-being is a key factor in determining one’s mental health and tends to decrease gradually over time. As the prevalence of depression increases among the elderly population, this metric becomes increasingly significant. Although short-term physical activity and exercise initiatives have been shown to enhance well-being, there is limited research on whether there is a distinction in well-being outcomes between those vulnerable to falls and those who are not. This study aims to examine the impact of a single exercise session on the well-being of older adults and to explore any differences between fallers and non-fallers. The study involved 41 participants from open protection centers for the elderly who anonymously completed the Profile of Mood States (POMS) questionnaire before and after one training session. The results showed a statistically significant interaction between measurement and group regarding anxiety, confusion, and overall well-being, with non-fallers experiencing positive changes following their involvement in the exercise program. Moreover, statistically significant differences were observed between measurements in the energy, aggressiveness, and depression measures, indicating improvements for all participants post-program. However, no significant differences were detected regarding fatigue levels. These findings suggest that a single exercise session can enhance the mental well-being of elderly individuals, including those at risk of falls and those who are not.
E. Kouli, F. Papanikolaou, K. Anagnostopoulos, D. Menychtas, A. Kanavaki, A. Grekidis, M. Michalopoulou, I. Smilios, E. Douda, V. Gourgoulis, G. Sirakoulis, N. Aggelousis
31st International Congress on Physical Education & Sport Science