Original paper

Manual Abilities of the Elderly - Handgrip Strength, Finger and Thumb Push Strength and Opening Strength in Age Comparison

Voigt, Andrea; Scheffler, Christiane

Anthropologischer Anzeiger Volume 68 No. 2 (2011), p. 167 - 173

published: Mar 1, 2011

DOI: 10.1127/0003-5548/2011/0090

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The purpose of this paper is to display the static strength capacities of healthy adults in different age categories. A total of 279 healthy German adults at the ages of 20 to 29 years, 50 to 59 years and 60 to 69 years generated their maximum static handgrip, index finger and thumb push strength, as well as their maximum opening strength on a smooth jar lid of 85 mm diameter and on a knurled bottle lid of 31 mm with their right hand. The results show larger male strength than female strength. Significant age-induced differences appear primarily in opening strengths between the age groups 20 to 29 and 50 to 59 years in male subjects and in female opening strengths between the age groups 20 to 29 and 60 to 69 years as well as between the age groups 50 to 59 and 60 to 69 years. Of greatest interest is that elderly men show the largest opening strengths.


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