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Objective: To describe rate of sarcopenia, and relationship between personal and
health factors with sarcopenia, muscle stungthand walking speed in older adults.
Design: Descriptive research.
Procedure: The participants were 83 older adults from 2 congested communities in
Bangkok. Data were collected by means of structured interviews and a set of instruments
designed to assess nutrition status, body composition, muscle strength, and walking speed.
Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and Chi-square test.
Results: The participants’ average age was 72.2 ± 6.7 years. Rate of sarcopenia was
9.6%. No signifcant relationship was found between sarcopenia and the participants’
overall personal and health factors. However, the participants’ muscle strength was
found signifcantly related to their history of falls (personal factor) and physical activity
(health factor), at χ2 4.375, p .036 and χ2 5.791, p .016, respectively.
Recommendations: Nurses are advised to promote physical activity and monitor
muscle strength in older adults, particularly those with a history of falls.
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