Functional Living in Older Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: Executive Functioning, Dual Task Performance, and the Impact on Postural Stability and Motor Control

Smith, Michael, Else, Jane, Paul, Lorna, Foster, Jonathan, Walker, Mark, Wesnes, Keith and Riby, Leigh (2014) Functional Living in Older Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: Executive Functioning, Dual Task Performance, and the Impact on Postural Stability and Motor Control. Journal of Aging and Health, 26 (5). pp. 841-859. ISSN 0898-2643

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Abstract

Objective - Older adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) experience accelerated age-related decline in some domains of cognition. The present study sought to investigate executive functioning and dual tasking capacities in this group.

Method - Older adults with DM2 and age-matched controls completed self-report measures assessing everyday activities, a comprehensive cognitive battery and more specific tasks assessing executive functioning, dual tasking, postural stability, and motor control.

Results - Executive abilities were particularly compromised in the participants with DM2. Furthermore, the DM2 group exhibited reduced postural stability under dual task conditions.

Discussion - These findings suggest that deficits in more complex cognitive activities underlie the decline in everyday function in DM2.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: type 2 diabetes, dual tasking, postural stability, functional living, executive functioning
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2014 07:53
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/16545

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