2018 Volume 8 Issue 2 Pages 65-70
Abstract: This study examined the relationship between fast walking parameters and physical functions in community dwelling elderly woman. The measurement of physical functions, such as gait parameters, the lower limb muscle strength, and standing balance,was performed in 96 elderly females (mean age: 73.7±5.7), who lived in a community and participated in a physical fitness measurement event. Multiple regression analysis revealed that the trail making test (TMT) and 30-second chair-stand test (CS-30) scores and duration of standing on one leg with the eyes open influence the maximum walking speed;the sit-and-reach test score, height, and CS-30 score influence both the step length and stride; the number of sit-ups, age, and weight influence the duration of the double-support period; and the height and CS-30 score influence the gait angle. Based on this, it may be possible to maintain/improve the walking ability of elderly females living in communities by enhancing their lower limb muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and attention.