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Visuospatial Ability and Memory Are Associated with Falls Risk in Older People A Population-Based Study


Martin, K and Thomson, R and Blizzard, L and Wood, A and Garry, M and Srikanth, V, Visuospatial Ability and Memory Are Associated with Falls Risk in Older People A Population-Based Study, Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 27, (5) pp. 451-457. ISSN 1420-8008 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1159/000216840


Background/Aims: Our purpose was to examine whether falls risk is associated with cognitive functions beyond executive function/attention and processing speed. Methods: Cognitive function was measured in a population-based sample (n = 300) of people aged 60-86 years. The physiological profile assessment was used to estimate the falls risk. Results: After adjusting for confounders, visual construction (p < 0.01), executive function/attention and memory (both p < 0.05) were independently associated with falls risk. The associations for visual construction (p < 0.01) and memory (p < 0.01) remained after adjusting for executive function/ attention. Conclusions: The neural basis underlying the associations of visuospatial function and memory with falls risk require further study. Copyright © 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Falls risk; Cognitive functions; Ageing; Population-based
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Geriatrics and gerontology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Martin, K (Dr Kara Martin)
UTAS Author:Thomson, R (Dr Russell Thomson)
UTAS Author:Blizzard, L (Professor Leigh Blizzard)
UTAS Author:Garry, M (Associate Professor Michael Garry)
UTAS Author:Srikanth, V (Dr Velandai Srikanth)
ID Code:59640
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:51
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2009-12-15
Last Modified:2015-03-05

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