Handgrip strength a good measure of seniors' health

February 8, 2010 2:34:39 PM PST
Seniors with a strong handshake may also have a tighter grip on life.

A new study finds decreased handgrip strength in the elderly is associated with increased risk of death.

Researchers found that a weaker grip at 85 and 89 years, and less strength overall , was a sign of increasing physical trouble.

The reason for the link is not clear. But, doctors can identify elderly people at risk with a simple device called a handgrip dynamometer, although they are not commonly found in offices.

There's more on this study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.