Parkinson's is a disease that attacks the nervous system, affecting an individual's movements, worsening over time. Symptoms cause shaking and the inability to control motor function.
This paper analyses the implementation of a 6-month low – volume resistant training program, on 54 elderly patients over the age of 60. All of which have early to advanced stages of Parkinson’s disease.
The importance of this article is to assist in the search for beneficial reliefs to help fight the symptoms of Parkinson’s disorder. Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, so the implementation of different methods of reversing or reducing the effects of Parkinson’s will assist in refining the search for the cure of this disease.
This design was implemented and evaluated by The Japanese Geriatrics Society.
Japan has a 5% Parkinson affected population for people over the age of 60 years. With Japan's population of people over the age of 60 being 41 million, it makes the elderly population of japan with Parkinson’s disease 2 million people. This displays a heavy prevalence of Parkinson’s disease in the Japanese community which would have a mass effect on the population. This article is therefore important in assisting the community in the search to help those 2 million people affected in its given country.
The Japanese Geriatric society holds a reputation due to its long-lasting record of article publications (since 1959) and studies associating with health among the elderly community. This reputation is represented by the Asia/Oceania Regional Congress, being held in a high standard among the Japanese community, demonstrated by being honored in hosting the IAGG Asia/Oceania Reginal Congress.
The Japanese Geriatric Society is also in association with Japan Socio-Gerontological studies, Society of Gerontology, The Japanese psychogeriatric Society and The Japanese Society of Care and Management. Due to the high affiliation with recognized institutions based in Japan, there can be a conflict of bias-based around the Japanese community over the rest of the world's population.
At the end of the 6 month training period, it indicated that Group B participants on average improved all flexibility, aerobic resistance, gait speed, grip strength and balance. While the participants in Group A had functionality reduction with all tests performed.
The results were interpreted by comparing the scores of pre and post-assessments of both groups, represented as a P-value.
The results presented under-explain the scores with only giving a brief explanation of findings being displayed as a P-value, without giving any further information making it hard to decipher between the effectiveness of the study.
what conclusions can we take from this research?Edit
The conclusions drawn from the results show that there was a benefit of the low-volume resistant training in terms of functionality for elderly people with Parkinson's, however, it is unclear at how dramatic of a difference between Group A and Group B may conclude.
The study demonstrated an improvement in function of movement of participants committing to resistant training, also, showing a reduction of functionality of those participants who did not contribute to this. This can be very helpful globally, to help define interventions for elderly patients with Parkinson’s.
This study could have been enhanced with the use of tables and data being represented as its original measurements. This would assist the reader in gaining insight into how significant of a difference there was between the control group and the resistant training group.
This would also be beneficial by being able to observe each individual's records during the first test to ensure that the difference was not significant between either group.
Given that the study is a new article (being published in 2019), it is supported by many older studies, suggesting that the participation in consistent resistance training among people with Parkinson’s disease will aid improvements in the functionality of movements.
For further information on the articles associated with the Japanese Geriatric Society, which include studies in associating mental and physical health, the website to access is https://www.jpn-geriat-soc.or.jp/en/