The Functional Fitness for Long-Term Care (FFLTC) Program

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  • Health Equity
  • Seniors (ages 65+) icon
  • Best Practices
  • Health Care Setting
  • Injury Prevention
  • Personal health practices and coping skills
  • Physical Activity
  • Social Support Networks

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The Functional Fitness for Long Term Care Program was designed to maintain range of motion, improve strength, balance, flexibility, mobility and function of older adults. It is tailored to meet the needs of both high and low mobility residents. Classes are conducted in groups of 4-10 residents by trained facility staff for 45 minutes, three times per week. Four months of exercise led to significant improvements in mobility, balance, flexibility, knee and hip strength. With minimal training the program can be safely delivered at low cost by institutional staff and volunteers.

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