Execution and perception of older adults fallers and nonfallers performing dual task: cross-sectional study / Execução e percepção de idosos caidores e não caidores na realização da dupla tarefa: estudo transversal

Raynara Maritsa Cavalcante Pessoa, Érika Giovana Carvalho da Silva, Neildja Maria da Silva, Gisele Kariny de Souza Davi, Maria de Fátima Duarte Marinho, Joyce Freitas de Araújo, Maria Tatiane de Sousa Alves, Núbia Maria Freire Vieira Lima


Objective: To describe and compare the execution time and perception of older adults difficulty performing dual-task paradigm. Methods: This study is a cross-sectional. We included 30 older adults individuals aged 60 years or older of both sexes, 12 of whom were fallers and 18 were nonfallers. We excluded older adults with scores less than or equal to 22 on the Leganés Cognitive Test and severe mobility limitations that corresponded to scores lower than 4 on the Functional Ambulation Category scale. The evaluations were performed in a reserved room, in the afternoon shift of a single day, with an average duration of 50 minutes, by a trained examiner.  Results: There was an increase in the execution time of the tests with a dual task condition, except for Time Up And Go test with a motor task when completed by the group of older adults fallers. Conclusions: The addition of motor and cognitive tasks to gait increased the execution time of the tests.




Aging, accidental falls, gait, cognition.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.34117/bjdv6n7-324


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