Centennial Symposium Paper: Functional Motor Skills Measurements in Older Adults: Implications for Home Care Service Delivery
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Citation:The Ohio Journal of Science. v93, n3 (June, 1993), 64-67
The maintenance of motor skills is critical to the preservation of the independence of older adults. Because subjective differences have been observed, selected motor skills of older adults attending the Slippery Rock University Elderhostel (EH) and the Senior Centers (SC) of Butler County, PA, were compared. While no differences were identified between Elderhostel and Senior Center participants on the measurements of flexibility, card sorting, penny pick-up and coordination, statistical differences did emerge for grip strength, arm curl, and agility. The Elderhostel participants were significantly better than Senior Center participants in the motor skills associated with strength, balance, and agility. These data have implications for therapists, administrators, and other care providers conducting home care programs for older adults.
Author Institution: Gerontology Program, Slippery Rock University
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