The gallon-jug shelf-transfer test: An instrument to evaluate deteriorating function in older adults

Joseph Signorile, David Sandler, Fangchao Ma, Steve Bamel, Damian Stanziano, Wesley Smith, Bernard A. Roos, Lauran Sandals

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Abstract

This study examined the validity, reliability, and discriminatory capacity of the gallon-jug shelf-transfer (GJST) test. Six hundred fifty-three independent-living older adults (463 women age 72.9 ± 7.0 years, 190 men age 74.3 ± 6.7 years) participated. Participants moved five 1-gallon jugs (≈3.9 kg) from a knee-high to a shoulder-high shelf as quickly as possible. The GJST showed an exponential performance decline with age, and there were significant correlations between the GJST and common functional tests (p < .001). High within-day and between-days reliability was detected. The test also detected differences resulting from training status (p < .01) and training protocols (p < .05). The GJST is a valid, reliable, inexpensive, safe, and easily administered clinical test for identifying physically vulnerable elders who could benefit from interventions such as exercise to improve their physical capacities and maintain independence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-74
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Volume15
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

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Keywords

  • Diagnostic test
  • Field test
  • Instrumental activity of daily living
  • Periodization of training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Signorile, J., Sandler, D., Ma, F., Bamel, S., Stanziano, D., Smith, W., ... Sandals, L. (2007). The gallon-jug shelf-transfer test: An instrument to evaluate deteriorating function in older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 15(1), 56-74.

The gallon-jug shelf-transfer test : An instrument to evaluate deteriorating function in older adults. / Signorile, Joseph; Sandler, David; Ma, Fangchao; Bamel, Steve; Stanziano, Damian; Smith, Wesley; Roos, Bernard A.; Sandals, Lauran.

In: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, Vol. 15, No. 1, 01.01.2007, p. 56-74.

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Signorile, J, Sandler, D, Ma, F, Bamel, S, Stanziano, D, Smith, W, Roos, BA & Sandals, L 2007, 'The gallon-jug shelf-transfer test: An instrument to evaluate deteriorating function in older adults', Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 56-74.
Signorile, Joseph ; Sandler, David ; Ma, Fangchao ; Bamel, Steve ; Stanziano, Damian ; Smith, Wesley ; Roos, Bernard A. ; Sandals, Lauran. / The gallon-jug shelf-transfer test : An instrument to evaluate deteriorating function in older adults. In: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 2007 ; Vol. 15, No. 1. pp. 56-74.
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