Chapter 8

Aging and Gait

Kunal Singhal1 and Jeffrey B. Casebolt2,    1University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, United States,    2West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX, United States


Assessing gaits in older adults for the purposes of preventing falls, decreasing the risks of falls, and minimizing injuries from falls is a complex task. This complexity can be ascribed to the involvement of multiple body systems and requires a multipronged approach to understanding the effects of these systems on age-associated gait changes. Comprehend these effects is difficult without first delving into the mechanics of the elderly gait. Here we present a simpler approach to recognizing some of these multifaceted changes for practitioners ...

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