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Performance-based assessment of falls risk in older veterans with executive dysfunction

Barbara L. Fischer, PsyD, et al.

Falls are a serious danger to older veterans and may lead to injury, loss of independence, and death. Among cognitively impaired veterans, it is difficult to determine risk for future falls; walking tasks such as the Timed Up and Go test may be helpful. We examined whether three versions of the test detected potential fallers with cognitive impairment. Results showed the tasks were associated with cognitive functioning and successfully differentiated between infrequent and recurrent fallers. Use of the Timed Up and Go tasks may prevent future falls and identify individuals who could benefit from physical therapy and other falls-prevention strategies.

Volume 51 Number 2, 2014
   Pages 263 — 274

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This article and any supplemental material should be cited as follows:
Fischer BL, Hoyt WT, Maucieri L, Kind AJ, Gunter-Hunt G, Swader TC, Gangnon RE, Gleason CE. Performance-based assessment of falls risk in older veterans with ­executive dysfunction. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(2): 263–74.

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