International Journal of Sport Studies, Volume (3), No (9), Year (2013-11) , Pages (943-948)

Title : ( The Effect of Working Memory Training on Gait in Older Adults with Balance Impairment )

Authors: Hamid Reza Taheri , elaheh azadian ,

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Cognition and mobility are closely associated in older adults, both of which will decline with aging. Bearing strong associations with slow gait, Working Memory (WM) usually declines in older adults and is shown to be amenable to remediation. Our aim in this study was to determine whether working memory training has any effect on gait velocity or not. Eight older adults with poor balance were randomly assigned to a 20-session computerized working memory remediation pro gram. To analyze data using mixed linear models and the statistical significance was assessed at p< 0.05 level. Results from this experiment indicate changes in gait velocity during normal walking and walking with dual-task condi tions (cognitive and motor dual-task) were measured. Compared to their pre-training states, participants improved gait velocity during nor mal walking and walking with cognitive task (p =0.018, p =0.001). Moreover a reduction in gait velocity was induced while engaging in cognitive dual-task challenges. Working memory training improved walking which indicated far transfer of working memory training to the extremities.

Keywords

, Working Memory Remediation, Gait Velocity, Dual
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author = {Taheri, Hamid Reza and Azadian, Elaheh},
title = {The Effect of Working Memory Training on Gait in Older Adults with Balance Impairment},
journal = {International Journal of Sport Studies},
year = {2013},
volume = {3},
number = {9},
month = {November},
issn = {2251-7502},
pages = {943--948},
numpages = {5},
keywords = {Working Memory Remediation; Gait Velocity; Dual Task},
}

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%T The Effect of Working Memory Training on Gait in Older Adults with Balance Impairment
%A Taheri, Hamid Reza
%A Azadian, Elaheh
%J International Journal of Sport Studies
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%D 2013

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