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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 250-255

Reversing the deconditioning effects of the pandemic in the elderly via telerehabilitation

1 Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences, Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus
2 Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences; Department of Biophysics, Faculty of Medicine, Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus
3 Department of Health Management, Faculty of Health Sciences, Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus

Correspondence Address:
Adile Oniz
Faculty of Healthy Science, Near East University, 99138 Nicosia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/nsn.nsn_107_21

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Objective: To investigate the effect of a structured home-based interactive telerehabilitation program on physical activity (PA) level, sleep, and quality of life (QoL) in older individuals who were in home confinement during the pandemic. Materials and Methods: A total of 23 participants in the age range of 65–90 (mean: 72.47 ± 5.58) years (15 females) were included in the study. A telerehabilitation exercise program was administered three times per week for 8 weeks. PA levels and sleep parameters were evaluated (using the Sensewear Armband) at baseline and at the end of the 8th week. In addition, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and Epworth Sleepiness Scale were used for self-reported evaluation of sleep, and the World Health Organization QoL Instrument-Older Adults Module was administered to evaluate the QoL. Results: Comparing pre- and postexercise evaluation results demonstrated a significant increase in PA levels and significant improvements in sleep duration, sleep latency, and daytime sleepiness. In addition, a significant increase was observed in the total QoL scores. Conclusion: The telerehabilitation exercise program seems to be an effective method to increase PA levels, improve sleep-related parameters, and enhance QoL in older adults affected by home confinement during the pandemic.

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