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Journal:   SALMAND   SUMMER 2010 , Volume 5 , Number 16; Page(s) 34 To 40.
 
Paper: 

THE COMPARISON OF FALLING RISK OF ELDERLY BY SPEED GAIT TEST UNDER DUAL TASKS CONDITIONS

 
 
Author(s):  FATHI REZAIE Z., ASLANKHANI M.A., ABDOLI B., FARSI A., AGHDASI M.T., ZAMANI SANI SH.*
 
* SHAHID BEHESHTI UNIVERSITY, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Objective: This study aimed to compare elderly fallers and non fallers by balance test under dual tasks conditions.
Materials & Methods: This study was a analyse- comparative study. Subjects were chosen from three parks of Tehran. Subjects were 20 older adults with no history of falls (aged 72.60±5 years) and 21 older adults with a history of 2 or more falls in the last one year (aged 74.50±6 Years). All subjects performed speed gait test under 3 conditions (speed gait, speed gait with numbers counter randomly [speed gait cognitive], and speed gait while carrying a full cup of water [speed gait manual]). Data was analysed from multivariate analysis with SPSS 17.
Results: The results showed significant difference between elderly fallers and non fallers in fall risk composed dependent variable (P=0.0005), as the non fallers had greater score than elderly fallers.
Conclusion: Consequently, we can apply the Gait Speed test under both dual task conditions (Cognitive and Motor) for identification of risk of falling in elderly adults with and without of falling history.

 
Keyword(s): ELDERLY, FALL, SPEED GAIT, DUAL TASK
 
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