StandingTall Plus

RESEARCH STUDY

In light of the current COVID-19 situation, we have adapted our trial so that we can continue our research while maintaining the safety of our participants and staff. All previous face-to-face assessments and home-visits will now be conducted remotely using Telehealth methods (video calls).

The  StandingTall-Plus study is investigating the effectiveness of a home-based balance and cognitive exercise program in reducing the number of falls in older people over a 12-month follow-up period. We are also collaborating with the Black Dog Institute to offer online cognitive behavioural therapy to address a fear of falling and depressive thoughts. The program is tailored to each individual’s requirements.

Half of the volunteers will be asked to use the  StandingTall-Plus program at home, while the other half will be asked to continue with their usual activities. All volunteers will undergo assessments of their physical and cognitive status.

Please note we have now concluded recruitment for this trial. We want to thank all participants involved.

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We are also running an international implementation study of StandingTall in parts of New South Wales, Victoria and Northern England, for more information visit: https://www.neura.edu.au/project/international-implementation-study-of-standingtall/

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ReacStep – novel balance training programs to prevent falls in older adults

The ReacStep study is investigating the short-term effects of two balance training programs (i.e. reactive balance training and conventional balance training) on balance recovery from slips and trips in older adults. These programs are designed from evidence-based research and offer a challenging and unique experience to improving balance. The ReacStep team are calling on volunteers who: are aged 65 and over living independently in the Sydney metropolitan community can walk 500m comfortably with mobility aids or rest have not been advised by a medical practitioner not to exercise have no neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc.) have no history or lower limb, pelvic or vertebral fracture(s) and/or lower limb joint replacement(s) in the past 6 months have no other existing conditions that may prevent them from exercising (e.g. injury, pain, fatigue, etc.) Eligible volunteers will be subjected to a health and safety screening before they are enrolled and randomly allocated into one of the two groups. Both groups will undertake a 3-week training program with an exercise physiologist, at NeuRA (i.e. in Randwick) as well as a balance recovery assessment at the 4-week time point. Reactive balance training involves intentionally stepping on a sliding tile, stepping over obstacles, trigger-release recovery as well as strength training. Participants will be wearing a full-body safety harness to ensure safety. Conventional balance training involves keeping balance in varying foot positions (i.e. feet together, in tandem or on one leg) whilst performing secondary tasks such as throwing a ball, card sorting, solving a maze or playing computer games. For more detailed information, read the Participant Information Statement and watch the video below. To get involved or to register your interest, click HERE. For all other queries, please contact the ReacStep Team on 02 9399 1002 or reacstep-study@neura.edu.au. HC210350 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym0zlwqhXmw
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