Timed Up And Go Risk Predictor Of Falls In Elderly People Residing In The Community?
Objective: evaluate the risk of falls of elderly people residing in a community in northeastern Brazil using the “Timed up and go”.
Method: descriptive study, with a quantitative approach, performed with elderly people residing in a community. The collected data related to the sociodemographic and economic characteristics of episodes of falls in the last two years, regular practice of physical exercise and complaint of pain at the time of the interview; and, at last, the application of the “Timed Up and Go” test.
Result: Most of the elderly were classified as free and independent and independent. There is a direct relationship between advanced age and increased time to perform the test. Conclusion: the "Timed Up and Go" test was not effective in predicting risk of falls alone and should associate with other indicators.
Descriptors: Elderly people; Accidents by fall; Walking; Postural balance.
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