|Title||Low grip strength linked to impaired cognition, memory loss in older Americans|
|Publication Type||Newspaper Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Keywords||Cognition, Cognitive health, Grip strength, Memory|
For older Americans, poor handgrip may be a sign of impaired cognition and memory, a new study suggests.
Researchers from the University of Michigan and North Dakota State University followed nearly 14,000 participants from the 2006 Health and Retirement Study, age 50 and older, for eight years.
They found that every 5-kg reduction in handgrip strength was associated with 10% greater odds for any cognitive impairment and 18% greater odds for severe cognitive impairment.
They assessed handgrip with a hand-held dynamometer, and cognitive function with a modified Mini-Mental State Examination, a widely used test among the elderly that includes tests of orientation, attention, memory, language and visual-spatial skills.