Title

A wii pressure platform to assess balance in the elderly

Author

ARTURO OLVERA CHAVEZ

CLARA EUGENIA GARZA HUME

LUIS MIGUEL FRANCISCO GUTIERREZ ROBLEDO

VICTORIA EUGENIA ARANGO LOPERA

MARIO ULISES PEREZ ZEPEDA

Access level

Open Access

Summary or description

Abstract: Use of low-cost technologies could simplify assessment of balance in elderly. Objective Determine the usefulness of the Wii™ pressure board in assessing balance in elderly. Methods We conducted a cross-sectional study in a group of elderly to test their balance with the pressure board compared to conventional tests used in geriatric practice. Community-dwelling adults over 60-years old were assessed. We compared the Short Physical Performance Battery scores with the Wii force platform results (average kinetic energy). Two blinded researchers classified each set of tests; and then a weighted kappa statistic was estimated. Results We assessed a total of 20 subjects, with a median age of 67.5 years (range 60-98), 75% women. The tests were concordant in 19 of the 20 subjects; with a resulting concordance of 0.6 (p=0.05). Conclusion The Wii pressure board has a good concordance with usual clinical assessment of balance in the elderly.

Conclusion: The balance board is a promising tool regarding assessment of postural stability in elderly; in a cheap and portable fashion.

Publisher

International Society of Gerontechnology

Publish date

2013

Publication type

Article

Format

Adobe PDF

application/pdf

Source

Gerontechnology (1569-111X) vol. 11 (2013)

Language

English

Relation

https://journal.gerontechnology.org/currentIssueContent.aspx?aid=1814

Source repository

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE GERIATRIA

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