Handgrip strength and its association with functional independence, depressive symptoms and quality of life in older adults

Bamini Gopinath, Annette Kifley, Gerald Liew, Paul Mitchell

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Abstract

We assessed the associations between handgrip strength and functional independence, quality of life and depressive symptoms in 947 participants aged 65 years or over. Handgrip strength was measured with a dynamometer. Use of formal support and family/friend support was self-reported. Activities of daily living (ADL), quality of life and depressive symptoms were assessed using validated scales. Mean handgrip strength was 27.1 kg (±10.3). Each 10 kg increase in handgrip strength was associated with 39% reduced odds of impaired instrumental ADL. Handgrip strength was inversely associated with use of both formal and family/friend support. Handgrip strength was independently associated with functional independence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-94
Number of pages3
JournalMaturitas
Volume106
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Blue Mountains Eye Study
  • handgrip strength
  • functional independence
  • support services
  • quality of life
  • depression

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