The relationship of movement and time to older adults' functional health



The relationship of movement (measured by walking cadence) and time (measured by perceived duration) to functional health was investigated in a sample of community-based, white, older women (N = 114). Significant relationships were found between health and movement, and between movement and time. Speed, inherent in both movement and time, may be an important qualitative dimension of functional health. Walking cadence shows the most promise for use as an inexpensive, noninvasive, easy-to-use clinical measure of health.