Sensory system function and postural stability in men aged 30-80 years

Sara Illing, Nancy Low Choy, Jennifer C. Nitz, Melissa Nolan

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine age-related changes in postural stability and sensory system functioning in men aged 30-80 years.

DESIGN: Observational, cross-sectional study.

METHODS: One hundred six healthy men aged 30-80 years participated. Personal characteristics were recorded and outcome measures included: velocity of sway during bilateral stance on a firm and foam surface (eyes open (EO) and eyes closed (EC)), balancing on one leg (EO and EC), lower limb somatosensation (tactile acuity, vibration threshold and joint position error), high-contrast visual acuity (HCVA) and low-contrast visual acuity (LCVA), edge contrast sensitivity and vestibular-ocular reflex (VOR) control.

RESULTS: Men in their 60s and 70s were found to be less stable than the younger age decades when standing on a firm or foam surface. Reduced stability was evident from the 40s to 50s for one-leg-stance (EC). Lower limb somatosensation and HCVA and LCVA were significantly reduced by the 60s but edge contrast sensitivity reduced by the 50s. Age-related changes in VOR control did not emerge until the 70s in this study cohort.

CONCLUSIONS: The results show reduction in postural stability and sensory system functioning in men by the 60s supporting pre-emptive assessment of workers in industries where falls are frequent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-10
Number of pages9
JournalAging Male
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

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Visual Acuity
Contrast Sensitivity
Reflex
Lower Extremity
Leg
Touch
Vibration
Industry
Cohort Studies
Cross-Sectional Studies
Joints
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

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Illing, Sara ; Choy, Nancy Low ; Nitz, Jennifer C. ; Nolan, Melissa. / Sensory system function and postural stability in men aged 30-80 years. In: Aging Male. 2010 ; Vol. 13, No. 3. pp. 202-10.
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In: Aging Male, Vol. 13, No. 3, 09.2010, p. 202-10.

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