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Vol. 23, No. 2-3, 2007
Issue release date: February 2007
Section title: Original Paper
Cerebrovasc Dis 2007;23:203–210
(DOI:10.1159/000097642)

Executive Function Is Independently Associated with Performances of Balance and Mobility in Community-Dwelling Older Adults after Mild Stroke: Implications for Falls Prevention

Liu-Ambrose T. · Pang M.Y.C. · Eng J.J.
aUBC Bone Health Research Group: Center for Hip Health, BC Women’s Hospital and Health Center Osteoporosis Program, Faculty of Medicine, bDepartment of Psychology and cSchool of Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia, and dRehabilitation Research Laboratory, GF Strong Rehabilitation Center, Vancouver, and eSchool of Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada; fDepartment of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, SAR, China

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Abstract of Original Paper

Received: 7/19/2006
Accepted: 9/11/2006
Published online: 12/1/2006

Number of Print Pages: 8
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 4

ISSN: 1015-9770 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9786 (Online)

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Abstract

Background: Stroke survivors have a high incidence of falls. Impaired executive-controlled processes are frequent in stroke survivors and are associated with falls in this population. Better understanding of the independent association between executive-controlled processes and physiological fall risk (i.e. performances of balance and mobility) could enhance future interventions that aim to prevent falls and to promote an independent lifestyle among stroke survivors. Methods: Cross-sectional analysis of 63 adults who suffered a mild stroke >1 year prior to the study, aged ≧50 years. Results: Cognitive flexibility was independently associated with performances of balance and mobility in community-dwelling older adults after mild stroke, after accounting for age, quadriceps strength of the paretic side and current physical activity level. Conclusions: Clinicians may need to consider cognitive function when assessing and treating impaired balance and mobility in community-dwelling older adults after mild stroke.


  

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Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT
597–828 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L8 (Canada)
Tel. +1 604 875 4111, ext. 62056, Fax +1 604 875 4851
E-Mail dtambrose@shaw.ca

  

Article Information

Received: July 19, 2006
Accepted: September 11, 2006
Published online: December 1, 2006
Number of Print Pages : 8
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 4, Number of References : 58

  

Publication Details

Cerebrovascular Diseases

Vol. 23, No. 2-3, Year 2007 (Cover Date: February 2007)

Journal Editor: Hennerici, M.G. (Mannheim)
ISSN: 1015–9770 (print), 1421–9786 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/CED


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Received: 7/19/2006
Accepted: 9/11/2006
Published online: 12/1/2006

Number of Print Pages: 8
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 4

ISSN: 1015-9770 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9786 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/CED


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