Falls and balance

As we get older we are more susceptible to falling over and losing our balance. As falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and hospitalisation in older people, this is one of NARI's key research areas with a focus on identifying physiological and behavioural risk factors, and prevention strategies.

Building better bones through exercise is led by Dr Frances Batchelor and Sue Williams.

Translating falls prevention knowledge is led by Claudia Meyer.

Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration Falls Project

This collaborative project tackles the challenge of preventing falls in hospitals, a key concern for health services, health professionals, older people and their carers.

Building Better Bones with Exercise (B3E)

B3E, or exercise for osteoporosis, is a study designed to test the feasibility of a randomized controlled trial of home exercise in women with vertebral fractures. The project is coordinated by the University of Waterloo, Canada.

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Translating falls prevention knowledge for community-dwelling people living with dementia and their caregivers: What works?

This study uses a knowledge translation theoretical framework, supported by several behaviour change theories, to seek to understand the complex phenomenon of moving falls prevention research evidence into practice for people living with dementia.

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