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Dennis Wayne Klima, Catherine Anderson, Dina Samrah, Dipal Patel, Kevin Chui and Roberta Newton

While considerable research has targeted physical performance in older adults, less is known about the ability to rise from the floor among community-dwelling elders. The purposes of the study were to (1) examine physical performance correlates of timed supine to stand performance and (2) identify the predominant motor pattern used to complete floor rise. Fifty-three community-dwelling adults over the age of 60 (x = 78.5 ± 8.5; 36 [68%] females) performed a timed supine to stand test and physical performance assessments. Forty-eight subjects (90.6%) demonstrated an initial roll with asymmetrical squat sequence when rising to stand. Supine to stand performance time was significantly correlated with all physical performance tests, including gait speed (r = −.61; p < .001), grip strength (r = −.30; p < .05), and Timed Up and Go (TUG) performance (r = .71; p < .001). Forty-eight percent of the variance in rise time (p < .001) was attributed to TUG velocity. Findings serve to enhance both functional performance assessment and floor rise interventions.

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David E. Krebs, Peter H. Velyvis and Mark W. Rogers

This study examined the prevalence of protective stepping and accompanying preparatory postural responses associated with lateral weight transfer (WT) while subjects attempted to sustain stationary standing. The subjects were 92 healthy young and older adults and persons with vestibular hypo-function. Force platform and whole-body-motion recordings were used to evaluate the prevalence of stepping and WT responses during stationary standing (eyes open or closed) using a semi-tandem foot position. WT components were also evaluated for volitionally requested step initiation, and as a function of support base configuration and direction of stepping among younger subjects. Only 10% of trials by subjects with bilateral vestibular hypofunction (BVH) during semi-tandem standing with eyes closed were completed without a step, while 31% of subjects with UVH, 69% of healthy elders, and all young healthy subjects were able to stand for the entire 7-sec trials. WT responses always preceded volitional steps from a standard feet-parallel orientation but occurred in only 13% of the spontaneous steps. The prevalence of WT was influenced by the direction of volitional stepping from semi-tandem standing, but not by the initial standing width. Spontaneous stepping to maintain standing balance is a naturally occurring and prevalent behavior among older adults and persons with vestibular hypo-function during tests of quasi-static standing. Differences between volitional and spontaneous step initiation involving the prevalence of preparatory lateral WT are a complex function of motor planning, mechanical constraints, and functional context.

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John A. Batsis, Cassandra M. Germain, Elizabeth Vásquez, Alicia J. Zbehlik and Stephen J. Bartels


Physical activity reduces mobility impairments in elders. We examined the association of physical activity on risk of subjective and objective physical function in adults with and at risk for osteoarthritis (OA).


Adults aged ≥ 60 years from the longitudinal Osteoarthritis Initiative, a prospective observational study of knee OA, were classified by sex-specific quartiles of Physical Activity Score for the Elderly scores. Using linear mixed models, we assessed 6-year data on self-reported health, gait speed, Late-Life Function and Disability Index (LLFDI) and chair stand.


Of 2252 subjects, mean age ranged from 66 to 70 years. Within each quartile, physical component (PCS) of the Short Form-12 and gait speed decreased from baseline to follow-up in both sexes (all P < .001), yet the overall changes across PASE quartiles between these 2 time points were no different (P = .40 and .69, males and females, respectively). Decline in PCS occurred in the younger age group, but rates of change between quartiles over time were no different in any outcomes in either sex. LLFDI scores declined in the 70+ age group. Adjusting for knee extensor strength reduced the strength of association.


Higher physical activity is associated with maintained physical function and is mediated by muscle strength, highlighting the importance of encouraging physical activity in older adults with and at risk for OA.

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Kim Gammage, Desi McEwan, Lori Dithurbide, Alison Ede, Karl Erickson, Blair Evans, Larkin Lamarche, Sean Locke, Eric Martin and Kathleen Wilson

communities. This project was a continuation of a relationship that was developed between the research team and the communities who, together, hired local elder care coordinators to serve as critical stakeholders for the project. The elder care coordinators helped form an elder advisory committee, which

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Jen D. Wong, Julie S. Son, Stephanie T. West, Jill J. Naar and Toni Liechty

, lack of participation opportunities) that older women face when participating in sports ( Dionigi & O’Flynn, 2007 ; Vertinsky, 1995 ). Informed by the key principles of the life course perspective ( Elder, Johnson, & Crosnoe, 2003 ), this qualitative study aims to describe the experience of women

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Lene Levy-Storms, Lin Chen and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

one intervention study. Table 1 Summary of Studies Included in the Review First author and year of publication Country Study design Participants Elders’ specific needs and preferences of parks/open spaces Askari et al. ( 2015 ) Malaysia Survey N  = 400, 13–80 years old Safety and security A variety of

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Allyson C. Hartzell and Marlene A. Dixon

those within the self and his or her family. In addition, it considers the fact that individuals make choices regarding their careers that are based upon the data they have from these multiple levels. Life Course Perspective The life course perspective ( Elder, 1994 ) provides another excellent

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Rebecca E. Hasson

recess supervisors to promote physical activity. This is concerning, as previous research has demonstrated that untrained recess supervisors may actually reduce physical activity opportunities during recess ( McKenzie, Crespo, Baquero, & Elder, 2010 ). Schools serving predominantly Latino students in

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Adam J. Nichol, Edward T. Hall, Will Vickery and Philip R. Hayes

, introduced in greater detail below) which are capable of providing a novel contribution to understanding the influence of practitioners ( Elder-Vass, 2010 ). While it is impractical to attempt to present a single, unifying explanation of critical realism (CR) here, due to the complex assemblage of ideas and

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Michael P. Corcoran, Miriam E. Nelson, Jennifer M. Sacheck, Kieran F. Reid, Dylan Kirn, Roger A. Fielding, Kenneth K.H. Chui and Sara C. Folta

 al., 2014 ). It is unclear whether a group-structured exercise-nutritional supplement program for mobility-limited residents of senior living facilities is effective and feasible when led at the facility by community volunteers or facility staff employees. The Vitality, Independence, and Vigor for Elders