Dr Morag Taylor

RESEARCHER PROFILE

Postdoctoral Fellow, NeuRA NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow.
Conjoint Lecturer, Prince of Wales Clinical School, Medicine.
UNSW Honorary Research Fellow, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney.

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Morag is an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellow (2016-2019) undertaking a suite of studies investigating disability and fall prevention in community-dwelling older people living with dementia. She completed her PhD (part-time) in 2014, titled ‘Understanding fall risk in cognitively impaired older people’. Prior to this, Morag completed her Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy in 1999. She worked clinically for more than 15 years, predominantly at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney on the Aged Care Rehabilitation ward and in the Falls, Balance and Bone Health Clinic.

Projects Dr Morag Taylor is currently involved with

CURRENT PROJECTS

Cognitive Training Trial

Randomised control trial of cognitive training for people with mild to moderate dementia

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Cognitive Training Trial

Fall Prevention in Older People with Dementia

What factors influence participation and adherence to a fall prevention intervention in community-dwelling older people with dementia?

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Fall Prevention in Older People with Dementia

Standing Tall

Feasibility study of a home-based exercise program delivered through a tablet computer (Standing Tall) in community-dwelling older people with dementia

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Standing Tall

Understanding and preventing physical and cognitive decline and falls in older people with dementia

Falls and functional decline are common in people with dementia. Falls are more likely to result in injury, death and institutionalisation when compared to older people without dementia. There is limited evidence that falls can be prevented in people with dementia. Strategies aimed at maintaining independence and preventing decline and falls are urgently needed. This research will a) further our understanding of fall risk and functional decline and b) explore novel fall and decline prevention programs, including the use of technology in older people with dementia.

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Understanding and preventing physical and cognitive decline and falls in older people with dementia

RESEARCH TEAM

Linda Roylance

LINDA ROYLANCE Executive Assistant : +612 9399 1124
: l.roylance@neura.edu.au

Elizabeth Armstrong

ELIZABETH ARMSTRONG Senior Research Facility Manager

Stefanie Mikolaizak

STEFANIE MIKOLAIZAK Postdoctoral Fellow

CHRISTINA NORRIS PhD student

Barbara Toson

BARBARA TOSON Bio-statistician

ASSOC PROF REBECCA MITCHELL Visiting Senior Research Scientist

LYNDELL WEBSTER Research assistant

Narelle Payne

NARELLE PAYNE Research assistant

JACQUELINE WESSON Research assistant

CECELIA KOCH Research assistant

GENEVIEVE ZELMA Research assistant

ROSLYN SAVAGE Research assistant

Sandra O'Rourke

SANDRA O’ROURKE Research assistant

BEATRICE JOHN Research assistant

PUBLICATIONS

Slow gait speed is associated with executive function decline in older people with mild to moderate dementia: A one year longitudinal study.

Taylor ME, Lasschuit DA, Lord SR, Delbaere K, Kurrle SE, Mikolaizak AS, Kvelde T, Close JCT

This study aimed to document change in neuropsychological, physical and functional performance over one year and to investigate the relationship between baseline gait speed and cognitive decline in this period in older people with dementia. Older people with mild to moderate dementia demonstrate significant decline in neuropsychological, physical and functional performance over one year. Baseline gait speed is associated with decline in executive function over one year, suggesting shared pathways/pathology between gait and cognition.

A home-based, carer-enhanced exercise program improves balance and falls efficacy in community-dwelling older people with dementia.

Taylor ME, Lord SR, Brodaty H, Kurrle SE, Hamilton S, Ramsay E, Webster L, Payne NL, Close JC

This trial of a tailored home-based exercise intervention presents preliminary evidence that this intervention can improve balance, concern about falls, and planned physical activity in community-dwelling older people with dementia. Future research should determine whether exercise interventions are effective in reducing falls and elucidate strategies for enhancing uptake and adherence in this population.

Reaction Time and Postural Sway Modify the Effect of Executive Function on Risk of Falls in Older People with Mild to Moderate Cognitive Impairment.

Taylor ME, Lord SR, Delbaere K, Kurrle SE, Mikolaizak AS, Close JC

To explore the relationship between cognitive performance and falls in older people with mild to moderate cognitive impairment (CI) by investigating the mediational effects of medical, medication, neuropsychological, and physiological factors. Within this sample of older people with mild to moderate CI, poorer EF increased the risk of multiple falls. This relationship was mediated by reaction time and postural sway,suggesting cognitively impaired older people with poorer EF may benefit from fall prevention programs targeting these mediating factors.

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