Perception of Upper Extremity Strength in Elderly
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Perception of grip strength between hands, and actual grip strength being applied in elderly adults was studied. Four performed a series of grasping tasks. It was hypothesized that participants would not accurately match their right and left hand grip forces. Participants of this study completed a survey of their physical activity. The data gathered suggests that the ability to produce a correct grasp force is impaired in older adults, particularly in matching their non-dominant left hand to their dominant right hand. This data also suggests that an increase in physical activity has a positive effect on grip strength and therefore possibly on overall well-being.