Journal article

Ageing and gait variability-a population-based study of older people

Michele L Callisaya, Leigh Blizzard, Michael D Schmidt, Jennifer L McGinley, Velandai K Srikanth

Age and Ageing | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: gait variability may be an important predictor of falls risk, but its characteristics are poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: to examine the relationship between age and gait variability in a population-based sample of older people. DESIGN: cross-sectional study. METHODS: in people aged 60-86 years (n = 412), temporal and spatial gait variability measures were recorded with a GAITRite walkway. Regression analysis was used to model the relationship between age and gait variability adjusting for height, weight and self-reported chronic disease. Further adjustment was made for gait speed to examine its influence on the associations. RESULTS: older age was associated with greater variabili..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by Physiotherapy Research Foundation


Awarded by Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council ( grant number 403000BH), Physiotherapy Research Foundation ( grant number BH036/05), Perpetual Trustees, Brain Foundation, Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation ( grant number 341M), ANZ Charitable Trust and Masonic Centenary Medical Research Foundation.