Fall Risk and Laterality in the Elderly

Marta Castaner, Gloria Sauch, Juan Andueza, Oleguer Camerino
2015 Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences  
Elderly people often show impairment in several motor skills, such as balance and coordination, and their laterality may also be affected. This study sought to analyse the relationship between fall risk and laterality in an elderly population. Thirty-three elders who were participating in exercise programs were studied using two instruments: the Tinetti Mobility Test (TMT), as a clinical test that predicts fall risk in the elderly, and the Dynamic-LATMO, a tool for observing the use of
more » ... the use of laterality in motor skills execution. Results showed a significant association between the standing balance score on the TMT and the task of standing on one leg in the laterality test.
doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.07.321 fatcat:ogsbtc3r5vgt5lbstqccxvj4da