- Location: Sydney NSW
- Category: Health
Type of work
- Research, Policy, & Analysis
- Seniors & Aged Care
- Sport & Physical Activity
Regular - more than 6 months
2-3 hours per week. any time to suit. 1 yr commitment
Training in balance and cognitive exercises if successful in randomisation into exercise group. Participants do not need to have any prior experience using an iPad or computer as we will provide instruction if required..
The StandingTall team implement a home-based balance exercise program delivered through a tablet computer. The next research study, “StandingTall-Plus” also includes a cutting-edge brain training program to help people think faster during daily activities. They offer online cognitive behavioural therapy to address concerns of falling. The program will be personalised to abilities and circumstances.
Participants aged 65+ are sought to volunteer to be a part of the 1-year StandingTall-Plus research program.
Half of participants will be asked to perform 1-3 hours of the StandingTall-Plus program per week, in the comfort of their own home. Half of participants will be asked to continue with their usual activities. Non-invasive physical and cognitive assessments will be conducted at baseline, 6-month and 12-month time points . Volunteers must be over 65, have had a fall in the past 6 months OR be somewhat concerned about falls OR be 80+. Volunteers need to be independent in daily activities. Unfortunately, participants that have been diagnosed with a progressive neurological condition such as Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis or Alzheimers are unable to participate.
- Full Balance assessment with a qualified physiotherapist.
- Home based balance exercise program and physiotherapy support.
- Free iPad to use for the study duration.
- Support research into falls prevention.
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