May 6-7, 2019: Each year the Centre on Aging hosts a one-day Spring Research Symposium, which promotes dialogue between university researchers and the community-at-large. The Symposium program typically includes opening plenary and afternoon keynote sessions as well as concurrent sessions.

One of presentations being featured is specific to falls among older adults and is titled: Hanging in the balance: Neuromechanics and the quest to reduce falls risk among older adults

About the presentation:

• Presenter: Jonathan Singer, PhD Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

Falls among older adults continue to be a major public health concern. Despite considerable scientific focus on stability control and falls, we have not been overly successful in reducing the rate of falls among older adults. By developing and using new neuromechanically-based measures of static and dynamic stability control, Dr. Singer hopes to better understand the specific factors that lead to instability and falls among older adults. The ultimate goal is for this information to be used to inform the development of individualized balance rehabilitation protocols. This presentation will provide an overview of current models of balance control along with some new work and evidence that aims to change our understanding of why older adults experience a higher risk of falls.

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