The Purdue Pegboard test: normative data for older adults with low vision

  • Walter Wittich, Christina Nadon
  • Disability and Rehabilitation Assistive Technology, January 2016, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.3109/17483107.2015.1129459

How to measure dexterity in older adults with poor vision

What is it about?

The Purdue Pegboard is a standardized test to measure manual dexterity. We used this test with 134 older adults with poor vision in order to present the reader with values that indicate what would be a "normal" score when you work with this population.

Why is it important?

Many standardized test and their norms were developed with and for young healthy individuals. In order to compensate for normal and abnormal changes in aging, we also need to adjust these norms accordingly.


Dr Walter Wittich
Universite de Montreal

I adored working with our older participants on this project and they have been most appreciative about our efforts to include them in the way researchers view their needs and their priorities. In this study, we prepare the way for standardizing or tests on how older adults with vision loss interact with assistive devices, as touch and dexterity are important factors for the success of this interaction.

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