Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

MOTION ABILITY AND FIBRONECTIN LEVEL IN RELATION TO FLEXIBILITY IN PREFRAIL OLDER ADULTS

Author

Chien Kuei-Yu 1 , Chin Pei Sung 2, Lin Ching-Hung 3 , Huan Chi-Huang 2 , Chang Huan-Cheng 4,5 , Chen Lee- Hwa 3

Institution

1. Graduate Institute of Sports Science, National Taiwan Sport University
2. Department of Athletic Training and Health National Taiwan Sport University
3. Physical Education Office, Yuan Ze University
4. Department of Family Medicine, Taiwan Landseed Hospital
5. Department and Graduate Institute of Health Care Management, Chang Gung University

Abstract

Objectives: Previous study showed that activity of daily living (ADL) was closely related to flexibility. However, the relationship between flexibility and motion ability (MA) as well as flexibility and biomarkers in the elderly of different frailty level was not fully examined.

Methods: Subjects were 145 independent community-dwelling older adults with the age above 65. They were not regularly physically active and were free from any cognitive disorders. Data collected were from the Chinese-Canadian study of health and aging clinical frailty scale questionnaire, functional fitness tests and blood biomarkers. Independent t-test and spearman correlation were used for statistics.

Results: Flexibility and MA in non-frailty group (NFG) were better than those in pre frailty group (PFG). There are moderate correlation between lower extremity flexibility and walking ability (8 feet up and go, 30 sec stand test and normal gait speed). Furthermore, fasting blood sugar and fibronectin levels revealed modest and significant correlations with the flexibility only in PFG (r=-.41, p=.035; r=.513, p=.009).

Conclusion: The relationship between fasting blood sugar, fibronectin and flexibility depend on the frailty level in the elderly.