Managing Gait Disorders in Older Persons Residing in Nursing Homes: A Review of Literature

Paul K. Canavan, Lawrence P. Cahalin, Susan Lowe, Diane Fitzpatrick, Meredith Harris, Prudence Plummer-D'Amato

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Managing gait disorders in the nursing home setting is a challenge. Nursing home residents can present with a variety of factors that may contribute to the presentation of gait abnormalities. The development of an individualized intervention program can be effective in improving a resident's ability to ambulate. This article reviews the research pertaining to the management of gait disorders including deconditioning, therapeutic exercise intervention, dementia, and cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary systems. The review provides the reader with strategies to help improve and understand gait performance in older persons residing in nursing homes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-237
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Gait disorders
  • nursing home
  • older person

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Policy


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