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Publications

Effect of a dual task on quantitative Timed up and Go performance in community-dwelling older adults - A preliminary study

Authors

Smith, E., Walsh, L., Doyle, J., Blake, C.

Published in

Geriatrics and Gerontology International

Type

Journal

Year

2016

Data Acquisition, Validation, and Processing in Smart Home Environments

Authors

Kealy, A. and Loane, J.

Published in

Introduction to Smart eHealth and eCare Technologies

Type

Book Chapter

Year

2016

Approaches to Smart Technology Deployment in Care

Authors

Finn, E. and Loane, J.

Published in

Introduction to Smart eHealth and eCare Technologies

Type

Book Chapter

Year

2016

What have women got to do with men’s sheds?

Authors

Foley, A., Carragher, L & Golding, B

Published in

Journal of Gender Studies

Type

Journal

Year

forthcoming

This paper proposes the introduction of a gender perspective in explaining the rapid growth of men’s sheds—a theoretical perspective that has been missing in the debate about older men and informal learning in the community. Gender relations have an important role in explaining the development of community education in Ireland, but it is a critical and neglected process in explaining learning transitions by older men. We also present empirical findings for a national study of men’s sheds in Ireland together with qualitative data from interviews with older women involved in men’s sheds in Ireland.

The Reliability Of The Quantitative Timed Up And Go Test

Authors

Erin Smith, Lorcan Walsh, Julie Doyle, Catherine Blake

Published in

Gait and Posture, 43

Type

Journal

Year

2015

The timed up and go (TUG) test is a commonly used assessment in older people with variations including the addition of a motor or cognitive dual-task, however in high functioning older adults it is more difficult to assess change. The quantified TUG (QTUG) uses inertial sensors to detect test and gait parameters during the test. If it is to be used in the longitudinal assessment of older adults, it is important that we know which parameters are reliable and under which conditions. This study aims to examine the relative reliability of the QTUG over five consecutive days under single, motor and cognitive dual-task conditions. Twelve community dwelling older adults (10 females, mean age 74.17 (3.88)) performed the QTUG under three conditions for five consecutive days. The relative reliability of each of the gait parameters was assessed using intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC 3,1) and standard error of measurement (SEM). Five of the measures demonstrated excellent reliability (ICC>0.70) under all three conditions (time to complete test, walk time, number of gait cycles, number of steps and return from turn time). Measures of variability and turn derived parameters demonstrated weak reliability under all three conditions (ICC=0.05-0.49). For the most reliable parameters under single-task conditions, the addition of a cognitive task resulted in a reduction in reliability suggesting caution when interpreting results under these conditions. Certain sensor derived parameters during the QTUG test may provide an additional resource in the longitudinal assessment of older people and earlier identification of falls risk.