Reference : Deficits in Selective Attention Alter Gait in Frail Older Adults
Scientific journals : Article
Human health sciences : Geriatrics
Deficits in Selective Attention Alter Gait in Frail Older Adults
Cornu, Véronique mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS) >]
Steinmetz, Jean-Paul [ZithaSenior > Department of Research and Development > > ; Center for Memory & Mobility (CeM2)]
Federspiel, Carine [ZithaSenior > Department of Research and Development > > ; Center for Memory and Mobility (CeM2)]
GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry
American Psychological Association (APA)
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[en] aging ; selective attention ; gait
[en] A growing body of research demonstrates an association between gait disorders, falls, and attentional capacities in older adults.
The present work empirically analyzes differences in gait parameters in frail institutionalized older adults as a function of selective attention.
Gait analysis under single- and dual-task conditions as well as selective attention measures were collected from a total of 33 nursing-home
residents. We found that differences in selective attention performances were related to the investigated gait parameters. Poorer selective
attention performances were associated with higher stride-to-stride variabilities and a slowing of gait speed under dual-task conditions. The present findings suggest a contribution of selective attention to a safe gait. Implications for gait rehabilitation programs are discussed

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