Volume 11, Issue 39 (6-2004)                   RJMS 2004, 11(39): 23-29 | Back to browse issues page

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Hassani Mehraban A, Hosseini F. Elderly Grip Strength in Nursing Homes in Tehran. RJMS 2004; 11 (39) :23-29
URL: http://rjms.iums.ac.ir/article-1-113-en.html
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This study was aimed to assess grip strength of elderly people in nursing homes in Tehran. These elderly people were 60 years old or above, with no orthopedic and neurologic problem in upper extrimity and they were able to perform basic activities of daily living. 109 elderly people(56 women, 53 men) were selected with stratified sampling design from four areas(North, South, East, West) of Tehran and evaluated by using standard method of hand grip strength assessment which was accepted by American Society of Hand Therapist. Average grip strength in right hand was 16.55 Kg/cm2 and in left hand 15.21 kg/cm2. Also right and left grip strength of men were greater than women(P<0.0001) and this difference was between 49.95-51.27%. In all the elderly, there was a significiant difference between right and left hands(P<0.0001) and grip strength of right hand was greater than left(difference = 8.1%). In conclusion, with age increase, grip strength decreased in both hands and with increase in length and circumference of hands, grip strength increased.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Psychiatric Occupational therapy

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