Sex modifies the relationship between age and gait: A population-based study of older adults

Michele Callisaya, Leigh Blizzard, Michael D Schmidt, Jenny McGinley, Velandai Srikanth

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BACKGROUND: Adequate mobility is essential to maintain an independent and active lifestyle. The aim of this cross-sectional study is to examine the associations of age with temporal and spatial gait variables in a population-based sample of older people, and whether these associations are modified by sex. METHODS: Men and women aged 60-86 years were randomly selected from the Southern Tasmanian electoral roll (n = 223). Gait speed, step length, cadence, step width, and double-support phase were recorded with a GAITRite walkway. Regression analysis was used to model the relationship between age, sex, and gait variables. RESULTS: For men, after adjusting for height and weight, age was linearly associated with all gait variables (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165 - 170
Number of pages6
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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