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Title: Disability rank in vestibular older adults
Authors: Aratani, Mayra Cristina [UNIFESP]
Perracini, Monica Rodrigues
Caovilla, Heloisa Helena [UNIFESP]
Gazzola, Juliana Maria
Gananca, Mauricio Malavasi [UNIFESP]
Gananca, Fernando Freitas [UNIFESP]
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Univ Cidade São Paulo
Univ Bandeirante São Paulo
Keywords: activities of daily living
elderly people
vestibular disorders
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2011
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Geriatrics & Gerontology International. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc, v. 11, n. 1, p. 50-54, 2011.
Abstract: Aim:To analyze the hierarchical structure of activities of daily living (ADL) among vestibular older adults, according to its power to discriminate disability.Methods:An exploratory cross-sectional study was conducted comprising 235 elderly, aged 65 years and older, with chronic vestibular dysfunction. Functional capacity was assessed through the Brazilian version of OARS Multidimensional Functional Assessment Questionnaire which consists of 15 activities of daily living (ADL). the sample was classified in each ADL according to the difficulty level in performing the activity. A multiple correlation analysis technique and discriminant analysis was used to analyze the hierarchical structure of ADL.Results:The sample consisted of 75.3% women, with an average age of 73.55 +/- 5.94 years. the ADL and their respective discrimination measurements were: getting into and out of bed (0.293); eating (0.129); combing hair (0.150); walking on flat surfaces (0.270); having a bath/shower (0.512); getting dressed (0.325); getting to the toilet in time (0.107); climbing stairs (0.338); taking medicines on time (0.035); walking close to home (0.529); shopping (0.503); preparing meals (0.398); cutting toenails (0.242); getting off buses (0.452); and cleaning the house (0.408).Conclusion:The tasks that reflect a higher demand upon the vestibular system were the most impaired, in the following order: walking close to home, having a bath/shower, shopping, getting off buses, cleaning the house, preparing meals, climbing stairs, getting dressed, getting into and out of bed, walking on flat surfaces, cutting toenails, combing hair, eating, getting to the toilet in time, taking medicines on time. Geriatr Gerontol Int 2011; 11: 50-54.
ISSN: 1444-1586
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