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How fear of falling influences balance in older adults

Walking in older adults

The aim of this project is to evaluate psychological factors (e.g. anxiety about falling) that influence the control of balance and walking in older adults. As part of the project, older adults are asked to walk through a virtual environment, such as an uneven pavement. We record how older people visually search their environment, how they generate recovery steps following external perturbations (experimentally simulating a slip/trip), and evaluate how these processes are influenced by anxiety and cognitive decline. This project is based at the Vsimulators facility.

Contact

For more information on this project, please contact Dr Will Young.