Clinical Balance Assessments for Older Adults: An Analysis of Cognitive Function Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Bomberger, Stephanie Allene
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • In the elderly, functional decline is most often diagnosed with performance assessments for physical function without any neuropsychological testing. Purpose: To investigate the relationship between cognitive function and physical performance assessments in elderly volunteers. Methods: Age-adjusted linear and multiple regressions were run between assessments of cognitive function (Symbol Digit Modalities Test) and balance (Single-Leg Stance Test, SLS; Tandem Stance Test, TS; Four Square Step Test, FSST), mobility (Gait Velocity from the 10-Meter Walk Test, 10MWT), and strength (Timed Chair Rise Test, TCR). Results: Independent of age, nearly 28% of SDMT scores were uniquely explained by FSST (rpart = 0.278, p = 0.002) and Gait Velocity (rpart = 0.253, p = 0.005). None of the other variables attained statistical significance. Conclusions: In the clinical setting, FSST and Gait Velocity can be used to gather information regarding both physical and cognitive functionality in elderly individuals.
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  • Marks, Bonita L.
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2012

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