Functional Living in Older Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: Executive Functioning, Dual Task Performance, and the Impact on Postural Stability and Motor Control

Michael Smith, Jane Else, Lorna Paul, Jonathan Foster, Mark Walker, Keith Wesnes, Leigh Riby

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Abstract

Objective - Older adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) experience accelerated age-related decline in some domains of cognition. The present study sought to investigate executive functioning and dual tasking capacities in this group. Method - Older adults with DM2 and age-matched controls completed self-report measures assessing everyday activities, a comprehensive cognitive battery and more specific tasks assessing executive functioning, dual tasking, postural stability, and motor control. Results - Executive abilities were particularly compromised in the participants with DM2. Furthermore, the DM2 group exhibited reduced postural stability under dual task conditions. Discussion - These findings suggest that deficits in more complex cognitive activities underlie the decline in everyday function in DM2.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)841-859
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014

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