Falls and fall-related injuries are one of the most common causes of ill health and morbidity in older adults and lead to functional impairment, disability, lower quality of life, and fracture.
Neuromuscular, or balance, training is undertaken in order to improve posture, prevent injury or as a form of rehabilitation. Balance training is helpful for improving standing balance and locomotor performance in older adults.
Decreased balance is attributable to an age-related decline in multiple physiological systems that contributes to decreased muscle flexibility and strength, reduced central processing of sensory information, and slowed motor responses.
In addition to an increased risk of falls, diminished balance and mobility may limit activities of daily living or participation in leisure-time activities. Accordingly, it is essential that balance exercises be incorporated into the physical activity programs of older adults.
As part of promoting a series of 5 simple exercises that can be done at home to assist with the management of balance here is a video to practice the exercise just at home.
This exercise is more important during the colder months when people tend to be less active in winter, the hours of daylight are shorter and vitamin D deficiency is more likely.
The SafeTrip study is investigating how older adults learn protective stepping skills to avoid falls when encountering trips and slips. With NeuRA’s cutting-edge motion capture system and other wearable devices, we will be able to observe and analyse movement and muscle activity during reactive or proactive step training.
The SafeTrip team are looking for volunteers aged 65 years and over who:
Eligible volunteers will be invited to NeuRA for some baseline assessments before being randomly allocated to either the intervention or control group. Only the intervention group will undertake the reactive balance training (i.e. 3 weekly training sessions followed by 3-monthly retraining sessions). All participants will receive a fall prevention information booklet and will be invited back for a 12-month re-assessment.
Register your interest or contact the SafeTrip team on 02 9399 1067 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. HC190952
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Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) has developed a series of simple exercises to help older Australian’s maintain their balance and avoid falls in the comfort of their own home. The campaign highlights the increased risk of falls during the colder months as people aged 65 and over tend to stay inside more. According to researchers at NeuRA, reduced activity during cold months can lead […]