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Summary

What it measures:

Self-selected or comfortable gait speed (m/s) over a short distance,

Target Population:

Older adults with dementia or Alzheimer disease.

The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (a section of the American Physical Therapy Association) recommend the use of walking speed as an outcome measure for all older adults. (Fritz & Lusardi, 2009)


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Clinical Summary

Dementia

May 29, 2017

PTs work with patients with dementia to address mobility and strength limitations, minimize fall risk factors, and enhance the patient’s quality of life.