Evaluation of walkers for elderly people

T. Tamura, M. Sekine, H. Kuno, M. Fujie, A. Mori, K. Andoh

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    Abstract

    The aim of this study was to evaluate three types of walkers for elderly people. Four elderly patients participated in the study. The experiments were performed using three walkers: a familiar conventional folding walker, a caster walker and a power-assisted walker. We evaluated walking speed, body acceleration and an electromyogram of the gastrocnemius during use of each walker. The results indicated that walkers should be selected according to the patient's walking ability. Comparison between Power-assisted walker and parallel bar, the walking speed in power-assisted walker is higher than that in parallel bar. Power-assisted walkers are suitable for patients who are used to using a wheelchair.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
    Pages1391-1392
    Number of pages2
    Volume2
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    Event23rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society - Istanbul, Turkey
    Duration: 2001 Oct 252001 Oct 28

    Other

    Other23rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
    CountryTurkey
    CityIstanbul
    Period01/10/2501/10/28

    Keywords

    • Acceleration
    • Elderly
    • Electromyogram
    • Walker
    • Walking speed

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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    Tamura, T., Sekine, M., Kuno, H., Fujie, M., Mori, A., & Andoh, K. (2001). Evaluation of walkers for elderly people. In Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings (Vol. 2, pp. 1391-1392)