Journal article

Handgrip strength as a predictor of functional, psychological and social health. A prospective population-based study among the oldest old

Diana G Taekema, Jacobijn Gussekloo, Andrea B Maier, Rudi GJ Westendorp, Anton JM de Craen

AGE AND AGEING | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: muscle wasting is associated with a detrimental outcome in older people. Muscle strength measurements could be useful as part of a clinical evaluation of oldest old patients to determine who are most at risk of accelerated decline in the near future. OBJECTIVE: this study aimed to assess if handgrip strength predicts changes in functional, psychological and social health among oldest old. DESIGN: the Leiden 85-plus Study is a prospective population-based follow-up study. SUBJECTS: five-hundred fifty-five, all aged 85 years at baseline, participated in the study. METHODS: handgrip strength was measured with a handgrip strength dynamometer. Functional, psychological and social heal..

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Grants

Awarded by Netherlands Consortium for Healthy Aging


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by unrestricted grants from the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (ZonMw), the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports, the Netherlands Genomics Initiative/Netherlands Organization for scientific research and the Netherlands Consortium for Healthy Aging. (NGI/NWO; 05040202 and 050-060-810 NCHA).