Task-Specific Brain Training to Improve Balance and Cognitive Function

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There is increasing evidence highlighting the important role of cognitive impairment in predisposing older people to falls and encouraging findings that cognitive training has beneficial effects for several cognitive and physical fall risk factors. The main objective is to develop and validate a brain training program that is relevant to the lifestyles of older people. The program delivers task-specific balance training, including various components of executive functioning aligned with current fall-prevention evidence. We hypothesize that such task-specific balance training might be more successful than other balance training programs at transferring learned balance skills to prevent falls during daily activities.

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Supervisory team
Kim
Delbaere

Medicine
Public Health and Community Medicine
Stephen
Lord

Medicine
Public Health and Community Medicine
Kim
Van Schooten

Department of Human Movement Sciences Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences VU Amsterdam
external to UNSW
k.delbaere@neura.edu.au

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