Aging in elderly people often develops fear of fall, risk of fall, impaired balance, poor eyesight, leading to limitation in functional activities/impairments, poor quality of life. Screening and treating fear of fall and balance impairments will lead to betterment in quality of life (QoL).
Purpose: The effect of auditory cueing and eyes closed foam hurdle crossing on balance and quality of life in geriatric population.
Design: A single group pre post experimental design.
Setting: The study was conducted at old age homes and tertiary care hospital.
Patients: 30 elderly subjects above 60 years were recruited using Berg balance score (BBS) of >21.
Intervention: Intervention given is eyes closed foam hurdle crossing exercises on auditory cueing for 20 minutes a day, five times a week over three weeks.
Measurements: Patients were assessed at baseline for balance using Balance Evaluation System Test (BEST) and for QoL using Old People Quality of Life scale (OPQoL). All subjects were re-assessed after 15 sessions.
Results: Mean, standard deviation, paired t Test were used. There was a statistically significant change in the BEST and OPQoL scores post intervention with p value <0.05.
Conclusion: Auditory cueing followed eyes closed foam hurdle crossing exercises were effective in improving balance and QoL in geriatric population.