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Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia

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TEIXEIRA, Clarissa Stefani et al. Evaluation the influence sensory stimuli that keep body balance in elderly women. Rev. Bras. Geriatr. Gerontol. [online]. 2011, vol.14, n.3, pp. 453-460. ISSN 1809-9823.

With the aging some skills are compromised, such as areas that process the signs of the vestibular, vision and proprioceptive systems. This study aimed to to evaluate the body balance of elderly women during manipulation of sensorial systems. The study included 39 elderly women who practice hydro-gymnastics. Na AMTI force platform was used to evaluate the variables related to body balance in the antero-posterior and medium-lateral sense. The sensory conflict was accomplished through six sensorial organization tests (SOT) through the dynamic posturography validated by Castagno (1994). Results showed that in the antero-posterior direction there was no statistically significant differences only in the comparisons of SOT 2 with SOT 1, SOT 3 and SOT 4; in SOT 3 with SOT 4; and in SOT 5 with SOT 6. With respect to the medium-lateral direction there were no statistically significant differences just in the comparison of SOT 1 with SOT 2 and 3; in SOT 2 with SOT 3; and in SOT 5 with SOT 4 and 6. During TOS, six elderly showed higher average amplitude of COP displacement width in both directions, indicating greater instability in the manipulation of proprioceptive and vestibular inputs. We concluded that the more sensory systems are manipulated or suppressed, the worse will be the elderly's body balance.

Palavras-chave : Kinetics; Motor Activity; Health of the Elderly; Agnosia.; Elderly; Musculoskeletal equilibrium.

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