Preventing Falls

RESEARCH STUDY

PREVENTING FALLS IN OLDER ADULTS WITH COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT OR DEMENTIA

This study aims to determine whether an individualised exercise and home hazard reduction program can reduce the rates of falls in older people living in the community with cognitive impairment or dementia.

The Intervention program involves:-
• A personal exercise program to improve strength and balance and home hazard reduction program delivered by experienced therapists.
• Support and advice to carers to help their family member/friend to perform the exercises.

Note: As this is a research study only half of the participants will be randomly allocated to receive the intervention program and the other half will not. This will be determined randomly like when tossing a coin.

To participate, you must be:

  • 65 years of age or older
  • English-speaking (due to the assessments we use)
  • Community-dwelling or live in a retirement village
  • Living in the Sydney metropolitan area
  • With cognitive impairment or dementia
  • Has a family member or close friend with regular face-to-face contact (carer) >3.5hrs/week
  • No acute medical illnesses or progressive neurological disease such as Parkinson’s

This study will involve assessments of your fall risk, using measures of strength, balance, vision, reaction time and walking. You will be asked some questions about your general health, physical activities, medication use and falls history.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact the I-FOCIS Research Team on 02 9399 1851 or by email atiFOCIS@neura.edu.au

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