Determinants of independence in the elderly.

  title={Determinants of independence in the elderly.},
  author={David A. Cunningham and Donald Hugh Paterson and J E Himann and Peter A. Rechnitzer},
  journal={Canadian journal of applied physiology = Revue canadienne de physiologie appliquee},
  volume={18 3},
The purpose of this study was to compare strength, flexibility, and cardiorespiratory fitness of the elderly living independently (n = 64) with those in rest or nursing homes (n = 61), and to identify those variables most strongly associated with an independent lifestyle. Quantitative levels of independence (Incapacity Index) and of activity were determined by questionnaires. Flexibility was measured using the Leighton Flexometer. Strength was measured using a modified sphygmomanometer… CONTINUE READING

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