Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor's Name

Helen Comely

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Esther Ball-Llovera

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Neva Kirk-Sanchez

Date of Defense



The purpose of this study was to investigate whether community dwelling elders with chronic stroke who participate in a regular exercise group program demonstrate decreased fear of falls, decreased depression and improved quality of life/health status perception as compared to community dwelling elders with chronic stroke who don’t participate in such an exercise program.

Two groups of 13 English speaking community dwelling elders with chronic stroke, were selected. The first group consisted of individuals who were currently participating in the Adult Fitness Group at South Miami Hospital (SMH) and the second group consisted of former SMH patients who had not been participating in any exercise programs since discharge from the hospital.

Fall related self-efficacy was measured using the Falls-Efficacy scale (FES). Severity of depression was assessed with the Geriatric Depression Scale short form. Quality of life/perceived health status was assessed with the Health Assessment Questionnaire©.





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