Dominican University of California
 

Location

Guzman 114, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-20-2017 3:40 PM

End Date

4-20-2017 3:55 PM

Department

Nursing

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Ellen Christiansen FNP, MSN

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Background: Fall injury is a leading cause of death and disability among older adults (Alamgir, 2012). Fall injury may result in fractures, infection and fear of movement. By reinforcing engagement in muscles used during balance and walking, seniors may avoid unnecessary falls within their homes and the community.

Setting/Target Population: West Marin is the largest rural area of Marin County, California and includes seven unincorporated communities. A large percentage of the elderly population who reside in West Marin live alone--thus suffering from isolation. Within the rural, isolated communities of West Marin, the rate of falls among the elderly are increasing.

Improvement Project: At the Community Center in Point Reyes, a seated Zumba class is offered to seniors. This class is offered only once per week, yet there is great value in encouraging seniors to utilize their muscles, develop core strength, and improve balance while having fun and being engaged. Twelve Dominican Nursing Students propose to make a video of the seated Zumba class and distribute the DVDs to the patrons of the Senior Luncheons in Point Reyes and San Geronimo Valley (approximately 150 people). Prior to the DVD distribution, the Nursing Students will perform a health presentation to the seniors on the benefits of exercise to encourage their desire to participate. Objectives: 1) increase the number of days per week that West Marin seniors perform the seated Zumba exercises from one day per week to most days of the week; 2) increase strength, mobility, and balance among West Marin seniors who participate in the seated Zumba project; 3) reduce risk of falls among West Marin seniors participating in the seated Zumba project; 4) increase exercise-related endorphins and reduce depression among West Marin seniors participating in the seated Zumba project.

Outcomes/Lessons Learned: To be completed at end of project and presented at conference.

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Apr 20th, 3:40 PM Apr 20th, 3:55 PM

Relationship Between Physical Activity and Risk of Falls in Elderly of West Marin

Guzman 114, Dominican University of California

Background: Fall injury is a leading cause of death and disability among older adults (Alamgir, 2012). Fall injury may result in fractures, infection and fear of movement. By reinforcing engagement in muscles used during balance and walking, seniors may avoid unnecessary falls within their homes and the community.

Setting/Target Population: West Marin is the largest rural area of Marin County, California and includes seven unincorporated communities. A large percentage of the elderly population who reside in West Marin live alone--thus suffering from isolation. Within the rural, isolated communities of West Marin, the rate of falls among the elderly are increasing.

Improvement Project: At the Community Center in Point Reyes, a seated Zumba class is offered to seniors. This class is offered only once per week, yet there is great value in encouraging seniors to utilize their muscles, develop core strength, and improve balance while having fun and being engaged. Twelve Dominican Nursing Students propose to make a video of the seated Zumba class and distribute the DVDs to the patrons of the Senior Luncheons in Point Reyes and San Geronimo Valley (approximately 150 people). Prior to the DVD distribution, the Nursing Students will perform a health presentation to the seniors on the benefits of exercise to encourage their desire to participate. Objectives: 1) increase the number of days per week that West Marin seniors perform the seated Zumba exercises from one day per week to most days of the week; 2) increase strength, mobility, and balance among West Marin seniors who participate in the seated Zumba project; 3) reduce risk of falls among West Marin seniors participating in the seated Zumba project; 4) increase exercise-related endorphins and reduce depression among West Marin seniors participating in the seated Zumba project.

Outcomes/Lessons Learned: To be completed at end of project and presented at conference.