Effects of Daily Hand Activities on Age-Related Declines of Dynamic Motor Function in Individual Fingers

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  • 1 Prefectural University of Kumamoto
  • 2 Osaka University
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The present study examined the effects of daily activities of the hands on finger motor function in older adults. Maximum tapping frequency with each finger during single-finger tapping and alternate movements of index–middle, middle–ring, and ring–little finger pairs during double-finger tapping were compared between older adults who used their hands actively in their daily lives and those who did not. The active participants had significantly faster tapping rates for the ring finger in the single-finger tapping and the middle–ring finger pair in the double-finger tapping than did the inactive participants. Thus, daily activity of the hands in older adults could be effective at preventing the loss of dynamic motor function in individual fingers, especially with greater difficulty in movement, resulting from the degeneration with age.

Aoki is with the Motor Control Lab, Division of Food & Health Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Environmental and Symbiotic Sciences, Prefectural University of Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan. Kadota is with the Biomechanics and Motor Control Lab, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan.

Aoki (aoki@pu-kumamoto.ac.jp) is corresponding author.
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