Terminal decline in motor function.

  title={Terminal decline in motor function.},
  author={Robert Smith Wilson and Eisuke Segawa and Aron S Buchman and Patricia A. Boyle and Loren P. Hizel and David A. Bennett},
  journal={Psychology and aging},
  volume={27 4},
The study aim was to test the hypothesis that motor function undergoes accelerated decline proximate to death. As part of a longitudinal clinical-pathologic study, 124 older Roman Catholic nuns, priests, and monks completed at least 7 annual clinical evaluations, died, and underwent brain autopsy and uniform neuropathologic examination. Each evaluation included administration of 11 motor tests and 19 cognitive tests from which global measures of motor and cognitive function were derived. The… CONTINUE READING