International Journal of Education and Research in Health Sciences
(Official Publication of Sai Amrut Educational and Medical Research Foundation, Aurangabad)
 
Vol.1, Issue 3 (2018)


Assessment of Healthy Urban Individuals of 60 to 70 Years on Timed Up and Go Test

Shailee Shah



Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Aging is associated with changes in postural control, which leads to falls and restriction in functional activities. Very few studies have evaluated the effect of nonmotor and noncognitive factors like gender, height, weight, and lifestyle and socioeconomic status on the time taken to get up and go (i.e., TUG). The TUG is a simple test used to assess static as well as dynamic balance in elderly. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 230 elderly individuals in the age group of 60 to 70 years were selected with equal males and females. Their height, weight, lifestyle, and socioeconomic status were documented. Three trials of TUG test were performed, and the average time was recorded. RESULTS: The average time taken by the elderly was 10.77 seconds. Females took 10.97 seconds and males 10.53 seconds. Gender (p-value: 0.01), body mass index (BMI) (p-value: 0.03), lifestyle (p-value: 0.0001), and socioeconomic status (p-value: 0.01) had an influence on the performance of TUG test. Multiple regression analysis concluded height and lifestyle as predominant effectors on the test. CONCLUSION: The TUG scores for urban elderly was 10.58 seconds. Men took 10.53 seconds and women took 10.97 to complete TUG. Lifestyle was a major predictor for this function. Gender, BMI, and socioeconomic status had significant association with functional mobility.


Keywords

Body mass index, Gender, Lifestyle, Socioeconomic status, Timed up and go


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