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ABREUS MORA, Jorge Luis et al. Evaluation of Physical Capacity Balance in Older Adults. Rev. Finlay [online]. 2019, vol.9, n.2, pp.127-137.  Epub 02-Ago-2019. ISSN 2221-2434.


alterations in gait and balance in the elderly are the main cause of falls. Valid and reliable valuation methods are necessary to identify the risk of falls.


to determine the relationships between some indicators of the Fullerton advanced equilibrium scale test and age in older adults.


a descriptive cross sectional exploratory study was conducted between September and December 2017 in elder Day Care Centers of the Combined Sports Center N0 5 of the Cienfuegos Municipality. For this, 115 elderly adults were selected. The general variables were: age and sex. Four of the ten items that make up the Fullerton test were taken. The Spearman correlation coefficient and the Gamma coefficient were applied, with 95 % confidence. The results were exposed through the use of tables.


the most represented age group was 71-75 years (40.9 %), with a prevalence of males (16 %). In the application of the Fullerton test older adults managed to maintain balance in standing, in more than 25 % of cases, could take the object either without moving the feet or by a step, in the orthostatic control the highest values they are concentrated in the group of 71-75 years (40 %).


older adults who managed to maintain balance in standing with their eyes closed, could either take the object without moving the feet or through a step with supervision, in the orthostatic control the highest values are concentrated in the group of 71-75 years.

Palabras clave : gait; standing position; aged.

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