Reach capabilities in older Mexican American adults

Jose Maria Mares, University of Texas at El Paso


Studies show that old Mexican Americans report more difficulty in performing activities of daily living including eating, toileting, dressing, meal preparation, shopping, using the telephone, and light house work (Markides et al., 1997) The research hypothesis was that age and gender affect the reach capabilities of older Mexican Americans, in order to test this a group of old Mexican Americans 60 years or older were selected randomly from different senior centers of El Paso city, 125 males and 125 Females. There were 22 measurements taken in this research, Weight, Height, Over head fingertip reach, over head grip reach, Arm Span, Upper hand Height, Lower Hand Height, Vertical Reach Distance, Horizontal distance from the Buttocks to the Hand, Forward Grip Reach, Forward Grip Reach, Rotation of the Head to the Right, Rotation of the Head to the Left, Flexion of the Head, Extension of the Head, Lateral Rotation of the Head, Medial Rotation of the Head, Abduction of the Shoulder, Adduction of the shoulder, Flexion of the shoulder, Extension of the Shoulder, Flexion of the Elbow. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

Subject Area

Biomedical research|Gerontology|Cellular biology

Recommended Citation

Mares, Jose Maria, "Reach capabilities in older Mexican American adults" (2003). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAIEP10582.