Age-related decrements in dual-task performance: comparison of different mobility and cognitive tasks. A cross sectional study

López Lluch, G., Brustio, P.R., Magistro, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-2554-3701, Zecca, M., Rabaglietti, E. and Liubicich, M.E., 2017. Age-related decrements in dual-task performance: comparison of different mobility and cognitive tasks. A cross sectional study. PLOS ONE, 12 (7), e0181698. ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

This cross-sectional study investigated the age-related differences in dual-task performance both in mobility and cognitive tasks and the additive dual-task costs in a sample of older, middle-aged and young adults. 74 older adults (M = 72.63±5.57 years), 58 middle-aged adults (M = 46.69±4.68 years) and 63 young adults (M = 25.34±3.00 years) participated in the study. Participants performed different mobility and subtraction tasks under both single- and dual-task conditions. Linear regressions, repeated-measures and one-way analyses of covariance were used, The results showed: significant effects of the age on the dual and mobility tasks (p<0.05) and differences among the age-groups in the combined dual-task costs (p<0.05); significant decreases in mobility performance under dual-task conditions in all groups (p<0.05) and a decrease in cognitive performance in the older group (p<0.05). Dual-task activity affected mobility and cognitive performance, especially in older adults who showed a higher dual-task cost, suggesting that dual-tasks activities are affected by the age and consequently also mobility and cognitive tasks are negatively influenced.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: PLOS ONE
Creators: López Lluch, G., Brustio, P.R., Magistro, D., Zecca, M., Rabaglietti, E. and Liubicich, M.E.
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Date: 21 July 2017
Volume: 12
Number: 7
ISSN: 1932-6203
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10.1371/journal.pone.0181698DOI
Rights: © 2017 Brustio et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 09 May 2018 15:48
Last Modified: 09 May 2018 15:49
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33500

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