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Movement patterns used by the elderly when getting out of bed

By Julie Mount, Leslie Kresge, Gabrielle Klaus, Lynn Mann and Caitlin Palomba


Background and Purpose. Getting out of bed is difficult for 27.6% of people over 65. The purpose of this study is to describe movement patterns used by older adults for rising from bed. Subjects. 42 healthy subjects between the ages of 65 and 90. Methods. Subjects were videotaped performing 5 trials of getting out of bed. Movement patterns were categorized for each body part. Results. A number of movement patterns occurred that were not reported in younger people. The most frequent movement patterns used were: “roll off” (38.3%) for the trunk, “double push” (34.7%) for the far arm, “multi-push” (36.0%) for the near arm, and “synchronous” (31.2%) for the legs. Discussion and Conclusion. A variety of movement patterns are used by older people for rising from bed. Movement patterns described in this study can be used as a guide for physical therapists and occupational therapists in teaching age-appropriate strategies for getting out of bed

Topics: movement patterns, movement strategies, elderly, bed mobility, getting out of bed, rising from bed, Physical Therapy
Publisher: Jefferson Digital Commons
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:jdc.jefferson.edu:ptfp-1001

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