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Associations Between Physical and Executive Functions Among Community-Dwelling Older Men and Women (2022)


Tirkkonen, A., Kulmala, J., Hänninen, T., Törmäkangas, T., Stigsdotter, N. A., & Sipilä, S. (2022). Associations Between Physical and Executive Functions Among Community-Dwelling Older Men and Women. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 30(2), 332-339. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2021-0075


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All authors or editorsTirkkonen, Anna; Kulmala, Jenni; Hänninen, Tuomo; Törmäkangas, Timo; Stigsdotter, Neely Anna; Sipilä, Sarianna

Journal or seriesJournal of Aging and Physical Activity

ISSN1063-8652

eISSN1543-267X

Publication year2022

Volume30

Issue number2

Pages range332-339

PublisherHuman Kinetics

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2021-0075

Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/85243


Abstract

Walking is a complex task requiring the interplay of neuromuscular, sensory, and cognitive functions. Owing to the age-related decline in cognitive and physical functions, walking may be compromised in older adults, for cognitive functions, especially poor performance in executive functions, is associated with slow walking speed. Hence, the aim of this study was to investigate the associations between different subdomains of executive functions and physical functions and whether the associations found differ between men and women. Multiple linear regression analysis was performed on data collected from 314 community-dwelling older adults who did not meet physical activity guidelines but had intact cognition. Our results showed that, while executive functions were associated with gait and lower extremity functioning, the associations depended partly on the executive process measured and the nature of the physical task. Moreover, the associations did not differ between the sexes.


Keywordsolder peoplefunctional capacityphysical functioningwalking (motion)executive functions (psychology)cognitiongender differences

Free keywordscognition; dual-task cost; gait; sex differences


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Reporting Year2022

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