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OBJECTIVE To investigate the intrasession reliability of center of pressure (COP) parameters calculated from force platform measurements. DESIGN A cross-sectional study. SETTING Gait and balance laboratory. PARTICIPANTS Community-dwelling healthy older adults (N=63) above the age of 62 years (mean age, 78.74 y). INTERVENTIONS Not applicable. MAIN(More)
Frequency-based analysis of body sway has been used to distinguish between healthy young, healthy elderly adults and elderly adults with Huntingtons disease. Our aim was to assess the reliability of spectral-based outcomes of the centre of pressure (CoP) kinematics in order to determine if these outcomes could be tested for their capability to distinguish(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the prevalence of falls and the related risk factors in the general population of community-living older people in Germany. OBJECTIVES To assess the prevalence and related predictors of different types of falls in a sample of community-dwelling 65 years and older people in Germany living in a metropolitan area. Study(More)
In an interdisciplinary project on maintaining and supporting independent living in old age, (a) competence training, (b) memory training and (c) psychomotor training as well as (d) combined competence and psychomotor training and (e) combined memory and psychomotor training was performed with n = 309 elderly of 75 to 89 years of age for 9 months.(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and related predictors of dizziness in a sample of community-dwelling people 65 years of age and older living in a metropolitan area in Germany. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING Interdisciplinary Centre of Gerontology at the University of Erlangen- Nuremberg, Germany. (More)
BACKGROUND Knowledge about frailty among patients seen by general practitioners (GP) is currently limited. PATIENTS AND METHODS Frailty assessment by the criteria of Fried and additional documentation was performed at a GP's office. RESULTS Out of 119 participating patients, 14.3% were classified as frail, 52.1% as prefrail, and 33.6% as not frail.(More)
INTRODUCTION As part of the normal ageing process, cognitive deterioration clearly takes place in memory, attention and the information processing speed (IPS). Among the intervention strategies commonly used, combined programmes like those involving memory and psychomotor skills have the greatest beneficial effects on cognition in the short and long term.(More)
The role of instrumented balance and gait assessment when screening for prospective fallers is currently a topic of controversial discussion. This study analyzed the association between variables derived from static posturography, instrumented gait analysis and clinical assessments with the occurrence of prospective falls in a sample of community dwelling(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Static posturography is used to quantify body sway. It is used to assess the balance of elderly persons who are prone to falls. There is still no general opinion concerning the reliability of force platform measurements. The aim of this study was to test the reliability of force platform parameters when measuring elderly persons. (More)
Obwohl viele Menschen möglichst lange in der gewohnten Wohnumgebung verbleiben wollen, setzen sie sich dennoch mit der eigenen Wohnzukunft auseinander. Denn Wohnen im Alter steht im Spannungsfeld zwischen Kontinuität und Reagieren auf altersbedingte Veränderungen. In diesem Zusammenhang ist der Einfluss der subjektiven Restlebenszeit auf die(More)