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Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 42–46 | Cite as

One-leg standing balance and functional status in an elderly community-dwelling population in Northeast Italy

  • A. G. DrusiniEmail author
  • G. P. Eleazer
  • M. Caiazzo
  • E. Veronese
  • N. Carrara
  • C. Ranzato
  • F. Businaro
  • R. Boland
  • D. Wieland
Original Articles

Abstract

Background and aims: Development of simple and accurate indicators of frailty is an important research goal in aging societies. One-leg standing balance (OLSB) has been proposed as a component of a clinical index of frailty. Methods: We analyzed relationships between results of OLSB testing and multiple health risk factors and impairment/disability indicators in a sample of elderly subjects (N=102) participating in the Anchyses Project. Subjects were aged >65, lived in a home for the aged in Rovigo, Italy, and had no ADL dependencies or recent acute illnesses. Results: More than half (53%) failed the OLSB test while 36% were able to balance without difficulty. Significant differences were observed among OLSB performance groups in forced vital capacity (p=0.02S), dynamometry (p=0.001), age, physical activity, and IADL dependency (all p<0.001). Conclusions: OLSB performance is a marker of frailty and thus a potentially useful predictor of functional decline.

Keywords

Anchyses Project frail elderly functional status multidimensional assessment one-leg standing balance 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. G. Drusini
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. P. Eleazer
    • 2
  • M. Caiazzo
    • 1
  • E. Veronese
    • 1
  • N. Carrara
    • 1
  • C. Ranzato
    • 1
  • F. Businaro
    • 1
  • R. Boland
    • 2
  • D. Wieland
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.Division of GeriatricsUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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