2013 Volume 2 Issue 4 Pages 169-173
Regarding15frail elderly (frail elderly group in the following, 4 males and 12 females) and 15 stroke hemiplegic patients (hemiplegic group in the following, 6 males and 9 females), we evaluated walking capacity and amount of physical exertion tomakeacomparative review of two groups. In the result, the frail elderly group was significantly superior in the 10-m maximum walking speed, the 10-m optimal walking speed, the 3-minnute optimal walking speed, and walking efficiency compared with hemiplegic group. However, no significant difference was observed in the amount of physical exertion. These results indicated a possibility that the frail elderly group donʼt perform physical activities that fit to their ambulatory ability. Therefore, it was suggested that there would be a need to evaluate not only the ambulatory ability but also the amount of physical exertion when considering a health promotion for the frail elderly.