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.
- falls risk
- cognitive functions
Martin, K., Thomson, R., Blizzard, L., Wood, A., Garry, M., & Srikanth, V. (2009). Visuospatial ability and memory are associated with falls risk in older people: a population-based study. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 27(5), 451-457. https://doi.org/10.1159/000216840