Research Seminar: Pre-clinical disability in older adults: Objective measurement to identify early functional decline -Daniel White, PT, ScD
- 12:00 pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2012
- 1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2012
- Talbot 519
Pre-clinical disability in older adults: Objective measurement to identify early functional decline." Forty to fifty million Americans report some kind of disability and this number is set to grow as the baby boomers enter late-life. In order to address disability, clinicians will typically refer their patients for rehabilitation after limitations in function emerge, such as difficulty walking. However, referral at this stage may be too late as physical rehabilitation has modest effects and durability with improving function in those with existing limitation. As an alternative, early intervention targeting older adults at high risk, but not yet with limitation may be a more effective clinical strategy. Nevertheless, recognizing an early stage of functional decline is challenging. The purpose of this week's seminar is to present an outline of a K-23 proposal to investigate early declines in functioning in older adults using objective monitors.