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posted on 25.04.2022, 13:30 authored by Kieron Connolly, Conal Cunningham, Niamh Murphy, Roman Romero-Ortuno, Frances HorganFrances Horgan

Objectives: The aim of this study was to describe the associations between sarcopenia and variables derived from wrist accelerometry in community-dwelling older adults attending a day hospital service in Ireland.

Methods: An observational cross-sectional study was carried out using a consecutive series of older adults attending a day hospital service. Sarcopenia was diagnosed using the latest European Working Group of Sarcopenia in Older People guidelines. Accelerometers were worn by each participant for a 7-day period on their non-dominant wrist.

Results: Thirty-eight out of forty-one participants (93%) met the accelerometer wear time criterion and were included in statistical analyses. Included participants had a mean age of 81.1 years (standard deviation 6.2). Both sarcopenia (Grip) and sarcopenia (Lower limb) were associated with increased time spent in low physical activity and reduced average of Kcals per hour. Only sarcopenia (Lower limb) was associated with increased time in sedentary behaviour as well as reduced number of steps taken in a week.

Conclusions: Accelerometer data can be used in an older day hospital population to track physical activity levels and sedentary behaviours. The assessment tool used to assess muscle strength and the cut-off criteria for physical activity behaviour influences the association with sarcopenia.

Funding

Irish Research Council Employment Based Postgraduate Programme Award (EBPPG/2019/50)

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), grant number 18/FRL/6188

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The original article is available at https://www.jfsf.eu/

Published Citation

Connolly K, Cunningham C, Murphy N, Romero-Ortuno R, Horgan F. Using accelerometers in the assessment of sarcopenia in older adults attending a day hospital service in Ireland. J Frailty Sarcopenia Falls. 2021;6(3):98-110

Publication Date

1 Sepember 2021

PubMed ID

34557609

Department/Unit

  • School of Physiotherapy

Research Area

  • Population Health and Health Services

Publisher

Hylonome Publications

Version

  • Published Version (Version of Record)