Does impaired gait contribute to cognitively impaired elders’ falls risk?

Source: Gait & Posture, 2013, 37 (1), p. 126-130

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Date of publication: January 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study investigated whether gait under simple of dual conditions could predict the risk of falls in older adults who are cognitively impaired, for a period of 12 months. The participants had various levels of impairment, and were asked to walk at their preferred speed. Some were also asked to hold a glass of water, and others were asked to count backwards from 30. Analysis showed that those who had fallen multiple times used a slower gait with a shorter length, amongst other things. However, there was no correlation between gait condition and faller status for any gait variables.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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