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Fatigability in basic indoor mobility in nonagenarians.
J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Jul;60(7):1279-85
Authors: Mänty M, Ekmann A, Thinggaard M, Christensen K, Avlund K
Abstract
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the prevalence and associated health factors of indoor mobility-related fatigability in nonagenarians.
DESIGN: A cross-sectional observational study of all Danes born in 1905 and assessed in 1998.
SETTING: Community, sheltered housing and nursing homes.
PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 92 and 93 (N = 1,181) who were independent of help in basic indoor mobility.
MEASUREMENTS: Fatigability in basic indoor mobility was defined as a subjective feeling of fatigue when transferring or walking indoors. Other standardized assessments include self-report measures of medical history and performance-based assessments of walking speed and maximum handgrip strength.
RESULTS: Twenty-six percent of participants reported fatigability when transferring or walking indoors; fatigability was more common in participants living in sheltered housing (32%) than in those living independently (23%, P < .001). Cardiovascular diseases, musculoskeletal pain, medications, walking speed, and depressive symptoms were independently associated with fatigability.
CONCLUSION: Fatigability in basic everyday mobility is common in nondisabled nonagenarians. The results also indicate important associations between fatigability and potentially modifiable health factors.
PMID: 22702341 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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