Fatigability in Basic Indoor Mobility in Nonagenarians
Article first published online: 15 JUN 2012
© 2012, Copyright the Authors Journal compilation © 2012, The American Geriatrics Society
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume 60, Issue 7, pages 1279–1285, July 2012
How to Cite
Mänty, M., Ekmann, A., Thinggaard, M., Christensen, K. and Avlund, K. (2012), Fatigability in Basic Indoor Mobility in Nonagenarians. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60: 1279–1285. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2012.04034.x
- Issue published online: 12 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 15 JUN 2012
- Nordea-Foundation, National Institute on Aging. Grant Number: P01 AG08761
- The Danish National Research Foundation
- VELUX Foundation
- mobility limitation
To evaluate the prevalence and associated health factors of indoor mobility–related fatigability in nonagenarians.
A cross-sectional observational study of all Danes born in 1905 and assessed in 1998.
Community, sheltered housing and nursing homes.
Individuals aged 92 and 93 (N = 1,181) who were independent of help in basic indoor mobility.
Fatigability in basic indoor mobility was defined as a subjective feeling of fatigue when transferring or walking indoors. Other standardized assessments include self-report measures of medical history and performance-based assessments of walking speed and maximum handgrip strength.
Twenty-six percent of participants reported fatigability when transferring or walking indoors; fatigability was more common in participants living in sheltered housing (32%) than in those living independently (23%, P < .001). Cardiovascular diseases, musculoskeletal pain, medications, walking speed, and depressive symptoms were independently associated with fatigability.
Fatigability in basic everyday mobility is common in nondisabled nonagenarians. The results also indicate important associations between fatigability and potentially modifiable health factors.