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Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2009;27(5):451-7. doi: 10.1159/000216840. Epub 2009 May 7.

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

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Menzies Research Institute, Tas., Australia.

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.

PMID:
19420939
DOI:
10.1159/000216840
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