Intervention Study of Mind-Body Physical Activity in Frail Institutionalized Elderly


Few previous studies have explored the effects of mind body approaches on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in frail elderly. Cognition and action are an inseparable whole while functioning. A new intervention-based approach using familiarity based movements and a non-judgmental approach was labeled "cognition-action." The investigators aimed to explore the effects of two different mind-body exercise types on (HRQoL) in frail institutionalized elderly.

The investigators' main hypothesis is that adaptated physical activity in frail institutionalized elderly can improve HRQoL.

Full Title of Study: “A Randomized Interventional Study of a Cognition-Action Physical Activity and Adapted Tai-Chi in Frail Institutionalized Elderly”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Allocation: Randomized
    • Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Prevention
    • Masking: None (Open Label)


  • Behavioral: Mind-body exercises
  • Behavioral: Adapted Tai-chi

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Experimental: CA
    • Cognition and action are an inseparable whole while functioning, a new intervention based approach using familiarity based movements and non judgmental approach was labeled “cognition-action”.
  • Active Comparator: AT
    • Adapted Tai Chi is based on Tai Chi like movements
  • No Intervention: C
    • Control

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • MOS SF-12

Secondary Measures

  • Timed Up and Go test

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Aged 65 and older
  • Institutionalized
  • Ability to get up alone or with technical or human help if necessary and ability to understand basic motor commands
  • Have given a signed consent

Exclusion Criteria

  • Terminally ill and bedridden patients
  • Unable or unwilling to sign the consent
  • Have participated in a study in the past 3 month

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 65 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Association de Recherche Gerontologique
  • Collaborator
    • Conseil RĂ©gional d’Aquitaine (France)
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Isabelle Bourdel-Marchasson/ Professor (MD-PhD), Pole of Gerontology-CHU of Bordeaux/ CNRS 5536 University V Segalent Bordeaux 2

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