Effects of aging on dynamic reach capability

Lakshmi Mythili Vadali, University of Texas at El Paso


The main objective of this experimental study was to understand the dynamic reach capability in old and young adults in vertical reaching task. A kitchen cabinet model was simulated in the laboratory setting and participants were asked to reach several heights in the simulated kitchen cabinet model. Twelve young adults and seven old adults were recruited for this study. The independent variables in this study were age (continuous variable), heights of the model which were at three levels (categorical variable) and the dependent variables in this study were normalized reach angle (continuous variable), normalized grip strength (continuous variable) and the ADL (Activities of Daily Living) rating value (categorical variable at three levels 0-2). The secondary objective of this research experimental study is to validate use of the motion monitor system for measuring dynamic reach capability for task performance in the two-dimensional plane. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

Subject Area

Industrial engineering

Recommended Citation

Vadali, Lakshmi Mythili, "Effects of aging on dynamic reach capability" (2005). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1430245.