Optimizing the Coassessment of Gait and Cognitive FunctioningReid-Arndt, Stephanie A. PhD, ABPP; Kim, Sangsun MA; Abbott, Carmen PT, PhDTopics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: April/June 2016 - Volume 32 - Issue 2 - p 127–133 doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000099 Thieves Market Buy Abstract Author InformationAuthors Article MetricsMetrics Background/Purpose: This research examined relationships between measures of gait/balance and cognition in healthy older persons to determine which demonstrate the greatest concordance and therefore may be the most effective early predictors of decline. Methods: Participants (33 nondemented, healthy older individuals) completed measures of cognitive and physical functioning; Spearman correlation coefficients were computed. Results: Complex measures of gait speed and balance (eg, Timed Up and Go) and cognitive measures of attention and executive functioning demonstrated the most significant relationships. Conclusion: Rather than habitual gait speed, complex measures incorporating gait/balance appear more frequently associated with cognitive abilities and may be more effective in predicting future cognitive decline. University of Missouri School of Health Professions, Columbia (Dr Reid-Arndt); University of Missouri Department of Psychological Sciences, Columbia (Ms Kim); and School of Health Professions, University of Missouri Department of Physical Therapy, Columbia (Dr Abbott). Correspondence: Stephanie A. Reid-Arndt, PhD, ABPP, University of Missouri School of Health Professions, 514 Lewis Hall, Columbia, MO 65211 (ReidArndtS@health.missouri.edu). This research was supported by funding from the University of Missouri Interdisciplinary Center on Aging. The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.