Rolling his wheelchair down the hall after exercise class recently, Herman Kapla paused to assess the results of the vigorous new workout program at the St. Paul, Minn., nursing home where he lives.
"Oh, I don't know. I'm pretty much the same," the 98-year-old said. "Well, except I can stand up now."
In 13 Minnesota nursing homes run by Duluth-based Benedictine Health System, nurses and aides are expressing amazement at changes they see in more than 650 residents who are stretching, standing, squatting and lifting weights in an experimental program designed to reduce dangerous falls.