Older adults' experiences and perceptions of dual tasking

Jennifer Muhaidat, Dawn Skelton, Andrew Kerr, Jonathan Evans, Claire Ballinger

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Abstract

There is no consensus on which dual task (DT) test best assesses mobility or balance deficits in older adults. This study aimed to explore older adults' experiences and perceptions of dual tasking to identify DTs relevant to their everyday life and that they perceive as difficult or risky. Two gender-specific focus groups were conducted. Six males and nine females, aged 70 years or above, participated. The topics posed to the groups included structured and open questions designed to explore experiences of combining two activities and the consequences of that for balance. The results were subjected to content analysis to identify DT examples, task difficulty levels and balance-threatening tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-412
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume73
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2010

Keywords

  • balance
  • dual tasking
  • older adults
  • mobility

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