Navigation Links
No walk in the park: Factors that predict walking difficulty in elderly
Date:1/16/2012

Yale School of Medicine researchers have found that the likelihood of becoming disabled with age increases with the following factors: having a chronic condition or cognitive impairment; low physical activity; slower gross motor coordination; having poor lower-extremity function; and being hospitalized. Women are also more likely than men to become disabled in their later years.

Based on 12 years of data, the findings are published in the Jan.17 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine by a research team led by Thomas Gill, M.D., the Humana Foundation Professor of Geriatric Medicine and professor of medicine, epidemiology, and public health at Yale School of Medicine.

With age, many people can no longer walk short distances or drive a car, and those with long-term loss of mobility have difficulty regaining independence.

"Losing the ability to walk independently not only leads to a poorer overall quality of life, but prolonged disability leads to higher rates of illness, death, depression and social isolation," said Gill, who followed a group of 641 people aged 70 or older who could walk a quarter mile unassisted or who were active drivers at the start of the study. All participants could perform essential activities of daily living, such as bathing and dressing.

Gill and his team assessed the participants for changes in potential disability risk factors every 18 months between 1998 and 2008. They also assessed the participants' mobility each month. Those who said they needed help from another person to walk a quarter mile were considered to be walking disabled. Those who said that they had not driven a car during the past month were considered driving disabled.

On a monthly basis, the research team also assessed the participants' exposure to potential causes of disability, including illnesses or injuries leading to hospitalization and restricted activity, which increased the likelihood of long-term disability b
'/>"/>

Contact: Karen N. Peart
karen.peart@yale.edu
203-432-1326
Yale University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Making flies sick reveals new role for growth factors in immunity
2. Grapes may aid a bunch of heart risk factors, animal study finds
3. Genetic risk factors may tailor prostate cancer screening approaches
4. Stroke Belt deaths tied to non-traditional risk factors
5. Breaking the barrier: Discovery of anti-resistance factors and novel ocean drugs
6. Autism Speaks funds $5 million to studies on genetic and environmental risk factors for autism
7. Genetic risk factors identified for sudden cardiac death
8. Gladstone scientists identify key factors in heart cell creation
9. Study finds novel genetic risk factors for kidney disease
10. Genetic factors may predict depression in heart disease patients
11. Genetic factors implicated in survival gap for breast, ovarian or prostate cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/17/2014)... was a word for chili peppers. Information about archaeological ... a study of the appearance of words for chili ... jalapeos were domesticated and highlight the value of multi-proxy ... et al.) of nine papers presented in a special ... Academy of Sciences on plant and animal domestication ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... cartridge developed at Sandia National Laboratories and recently licensed ... and cheaper. , Bacillus anthracis , the ... all over the world and can cause serious, and ... bacteria can survive in harsh conditions for decades. In ... through skin contact, inhalation of spores or eating contaminated ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... years ago, Katia Silvera , a postdoctoral scholar at ... a field trip in a mountainous area in central Panama ... before. , Unable to identify it, they contacted German Carnevali, ... to be an unnamed species. So Carnevali recently named it ... the genus name, comprising about 40 species in the world. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Chickens to chili peppers 2Chickens to chili peppers 3Pocket-sized anthrax detector aids global agriculture 2Pocket-sized anthrax detector aids global agriculture 3Orchid named after UC Riverside researcher 2Orchid named after UC Riverside researcher 3
... MD FASEB MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers) ... American Society for Bone & Mineral Research (ASBMR) 2011 ... 2011. These awards are meant to promote the ... the mainstream of the basic science community and to ...
... University,s Sherry Fleming is investigating the factor that initiates ... intestinal cell damage after hemorrhage. Fleming, an associate ... $140,000 grant from the American Heart Association to identify ... cell death in the intestines after trauma. "What,s ...
... metal pollution of lakes has a seriously detrimental impact ... of water. According to a study published in the ... have focused on the physicochemical properties and toxicology of ... Environmental chemist Pravin Singare of Bhavan,s College, in Mumbai, ...
Cached Biology News:Trauma drama: K-State professor researches drama queen of immune system 2Heavy metal -- in and around the lakes 2
(Date:1/15/2014)... Jan. 15, 2014 TaiGen Biotechnology Company, Limited ("TaiGen") ... with R-Pharm, a leading Russian pharmaceutical company, to develop ... Russian Federation , Turkey ... (CIS). Nemonoxacin is a novel antibiotic for the treatment of ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... Carahsoft and CDS Federal Services have scheduled ... 2pm EST (11am PST), “Natural Language Processing: Converting Raw ... technology can turn raw, heterogeneous data into actionable knowledge ... online webinar will last approximately one hour. , Synopsis: ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... a leading provider of strategic communications services to corporations and organizations ... the United States and Europe ... is returning to the firm,s Washington, D.C. ... than two years of service as Associate Commissioner for the Office ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... New York, NY (PRWEB) January 14, 2014 ... coverage of Alliqua, Inc. (OTCQB: ALQA). Alliqua is an ... products to serve the wound care market. , Free ... Alliqua was restructured with a seasoned management team and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:TaiGen Biotechnology Signed Exclusive License Agreement with R-Pharm for Nemonoxacin (Taigexyn(R)) 2TaiGen Biotechnology Signed Exclusive License Agreement with R-Pharm for Nemonoxacin (Taigexyn(R)) 3TaiGen Biotechnology Signed Exclusive License Agreement with R-Pharm for Nemonoxacin (Taigexyn(R)) 4Webcast - Natural Language Processing: Converting Raw Data into Actionable Knowledge – Hosted by Carahsoft and CDS Federal Services 2Former FDA Associate Commissioner Returns To 3D Communications 2EquitiesIQ Initiates Coverage of Alliqua, Inc. 2EquitiesIQ Initiates Coverage of Alliqua, Inc. 3
... is suing Samsung Electronics Co. , the world's ... patented technology developed by University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty without a ... Cohn, spokesman for WARF, the technology at the heart of ... against Sony and Toshiba . The contested ...
... They start with a glorious vision: Suns out, tops down, tunes ... then theres a revenue shortfall, or a revolt by some neglected ... matter so much as the fact that the project seems stuck, ... the tow truck , ,Youve suddenly realized your project is ...
... service used to mean a gas station where attendants ... your windshield. Today, it means that a bank ... seeing a local teller things like Internet banking, ... systems. , ,Weve entered the decade of self-service. ...
Cached Biology Technology:WARF sues Samsung over computer chip technology license agreement 2Technology in the ditch 2Technology in the ditch 3Technology spurs great service, full service, and self-service. 2
Human plasmacytoid dendritic cells, BDCA-4+, For immunohistochemistry (IHC) Cell Chip with Human Peripheral Blood Dendritic Cells and EPCs...
Umbilical cord blood CD19+ B cells, For immunohistochemistry (IHC) Cell Chip with Human Umbilical Cord Blood Monocytes, B Cells and NK Cells...
Umbilical cord blood CD4+ T cells, For immunohistochemistry (IHC) Cell Chip with Human Umbilical Cord Blood MNCs and T Cells...
Human peripheral blood CD56+ NK cells, For immunohistochemistry (IHC) Cell Chip with Human Peripheral Blood Monocytes, B Cells, NK Cells and Stem Cells...
Biology Products: