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The Influence of Age-related Changes in Tactile Sensibility and Muscular Strength on Hand Function in Older Adult Females


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タイトル: The Influence of Age-related Changes in Tactile Sensibility and Muscular Strength on Hand Function in Older Adult Females
著者: Murata, Jun / Murata, Shin / Hiroshige, Jiro / Ohtao, Hiroshi / Horie, Jun / Kai, Yoshihiro
発行日: 2010年12月
出版者: Elsevier B.V.
引用: International Journal of Gerontology, 4(4), pp.180-183; 2010
抄録: Background: Aging affects the human hand function. For example, a decline in manual dexterity often accompanies old age. This decline corresponds to age-related changes in muscle and/or tactile functions. This study investigated whether age-related changes in muscular strength and tactile sensibility are related to the hand function. Methods: The subjects consisted of 64 older adult females. The hand function was assessed using Perdue pegboard test. The handgrip strength was measured using a handgrip dynamometer. Tactile-pressure threshold was evaluated using Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments. These tests were performed on the dominant hand. All data items were compared among the four age groups (65-69 years, n = 17; 70-74 years, n = 16; 75-79 years, n = 15; 80-85 years, n = 16). Results: The scores on Perdue pegboard test showed significant differences among the four age groups, and they decreased with age. The tactile-pressure threshold was augmented with increasing age, whereas handgrip strength did not differ among the four age groups. A significant relationship was observed between the Perdue pegboard test score and tactile-pressure threshold (r = -0.61), but not the handgrip strength (r = 0.18). Conclusion: These results suggested that the manual dexterity in the hand function was attenuated with increasing age. We considered that this attenuating effect was associated with a decline in tactile sensibility rather than a change in the muscular strength of the hand.
キーワード: aging / handgrip strength / manual dexterity / tactile-pressure threshold
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/24612
ISSN: 18739598
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijge.2010.11.004
権利: © 2010, Taiwan Society of Geriatric Emergency & Critical Care Medicine. Published by Elsevier Taiwan LLC. All rights reserved.
資料タイプ: Journal Article
原稿種類: author
出現コレクション:030 学術雑誌論文

引用URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/24612

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