• Factors Related to Self-rated Health in Older Adults: A Clinical Approach Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health Model

    28 days ago - By LWW

    Background and Purpose:
    A growing population of older adults will require health care professionals to become increasingly knowledgeable in geriatric care. Patient ratings, functional measures, and emphasis on health and wellness should be part of geriatric physical therapy practice. The purpose of the current study was to examine relationships between self-rated health and movement-related variables in older adults using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health as a research framework. Associations between body mass index , gait, and balance confidence were...
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  • Reliability and Fall Risk Detection for the BESTest and Mini-BESTest in Older Adults

    Reliability and Fall Risk Detection for the BESTest and Mini-BESTest in Older Adults

    28 days ago - By LWW

    Background & Purpose:
    Test stability and test-retest reliability have not previously been reported for either the Balance Evaluation Systems Test or mini-BESTest in a population of older adults with nonspecific balance limitations. Furthermore, no criterion for identifying change greater than chance has been reported in older adults with nonspecific balance problems using either BESTest or mBEST scores. The purposes of this study were to determine test stability over time, test-retest reliability, to identify minimum detectable change for the BESTest and mBEST in a population of older...
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  • Gait Speed and Dynamic Stability Decline Accelerates Only in Late Life: A Cross-sectional Study in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

    Gait Speed and Dynamic Stability Decline Accelerates Only in Late Life: A Cross-sectional Study in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

    28 days ago - By LWW

    Background and Purpose:
    Incidence of falls increases with age whereas gait speed declines. The purposes of this study were to examine (1) whether gait speed and center-of-mass velocity declined steadily across ages in a linear fashion among community-dwelling older adults, and (2) whether such decline corresponded to the similar decline in dynamic stability, which is governed by the control of their COM position and COM velocity relative to base of support .
    Methods:
    A total of 184 community-dwelling older adults participated in the cross-sectional study. The participants were categorized...
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  • Risk Factors and Number of Falls as Determinants of Quality of Life of Community-Dwelling Older Adults

    Risk Factors and Number of Falls as Determinants of Quality of Life of Community-Dwelling Older Adults

    28 days ago - By LWW

    Background and Purpose:
    In older adults, the psychological impact and effects related to the loss of functional capacity are directly related to perceived quality of life. The predictors of better QOL are increased physical activity, lower prevalence of overweight, lower cases of depression, and lower rate of reported alcohol abuse. On the contrary, the predictors of decreased QOL are female gender, comorbidity, deficient nutritional condition, polypharmacy, loss of mobility, depression and dependency, poor economic conditions, and social isolation and loneliness. Furthermore, QOL in older...
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