Visuospatial ability and memory are associated with falls risk in older people: a population-based study

K. Martin, R. Thomson, L. Blizzard, A. Wood, M. Garry, V. Srikanth

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-457
Number of pages7
JournalDementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

Keywords

  • falls risk
  • ageing
  • cognitive functions
  • population-based

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