Effect of Adaptive Yoga Module on Psychomotor Abilities among Elderly Men Living in Old Age Homes


The purpose of the study was to investigate the effect of sixteen weeks Adapted Yoga module intervention on elderly men living in old age homes. It was hypothesized that there would have been a significant effect of sixteen weeks of Adapted Yoga programme on psychomotor abilities among elderly men living in old age homes. Finger dexterity and Static balance were selected as variables for Psychomotor abilities. For the present study thirty (n=30) untrained elderly men were selected as subjects at random from the Government Old Age Homes of Kannur District, Kerala under the age range of 65 to 70 years. Pre test – post test randomized group design which consists of control group and experimental group was used for the present study. The subjects were randomly assigned to two equal groups of fifteen each (n=15) and named as Yoga Group (YG) and Control Group (CG). Group ‘YG’ underwent Adapted Yoga training and Group ‘CG’ did not undergo any training program rather than their normal daily routine work. Finger dexterity was assessed by using Finger Tapping Test developed by Halstead and static balance was assessed by One legged Stance Test for Elderly developed by Vellas. The data was collected before and after sixteen weeks of training. The data was analyzed by applying dependent ‘t test. The level of significance was set at 0.05. The result showed that there was a significant improvement in the frequency of finger tapping and in the holding time of static balance in the Yoga group while there was no significant change in the control group. On the basis of findings and within the limitations of the study it was concluded that practice of Adaptive Yoga Module can improve psychomotor abilities in elderly men.

Author Name : Padmanabhan, T.V & Dr.K.Chandrasekaran

Keywords: Adaptive Yoga, Psychomotor, Finger Dexterity, Static balance.