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

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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.

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Author(s): Smith MA, Else JE, Paul L, Foster JK, Walker M, Wesnes KA, Riby LM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Aging and Health

Year: 2014

Volume: 26

Issue: 5

Pages: 841-859

Print publication date: 01/08/2014

Online publication date: 04/06/2014

ISSN (print): 0898-2643

ISSN (electronic): 1552-6887

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/0898264314534896


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