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Revista de Neuro-Psiquiatría

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CALDERON-CAMPOS, Karla M; PARODI, José F  and  RUNZER-COLMENARES, Fernando M. Neurological comorbidities and its association with gait speed in older adults of the Naval Medical Center Cirujano Mayor Santiago Távara 2010-2015. Rev Neuropsiquiatr [online]. 2019, vol.82, n.2, pp.110-116. ISSN 0034-8597.

Objective: To determine the association between presence of neurological comorbidities and walking speed in older adults attended at the Naval Medical Center “Cirujano Mayor Santiago Távara” 2010-2015. Methods: Observational retrospective study through secondary analysis of a database of 1785 older adults. To determine the relationship between variables, the Chi-square test with a level of significance of 5%, and the STATA v.14 program were used. Results: 18.7% of the probands had Parkinson’s disease, 44.9% had mild cognitive impairment, and only 3.1% had cerebrovascular disorder. There were significant differences in walking speed with respect to advanced age and female sex (greater in 80 y.o. or older females). There was a significant relationship between mild cognitive impairment and cerebrovascular disorder with walking speed. The probability of a slow walking speed adjusted for Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, age and sex for those with mild cognitive impairment was 2.13 (IC95% 1.72-2.63), and for those with cerebrovascular disease, 1.79 (IC95% 1.01-3.20). Conclusions: Slow walking was presented mainly in women over 80 years of age, and was significantly related to mild cognitive impairment and cerebrovascular disorder, but not to Parkinson’s disease

Keywords : cognitive impairment; gait speed; elderly; Parkinson´s disease; stroke; dementia.

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