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An application that prevents trips and falls

CMCM publish in The Lancet:
Virtual reality and treadmill training could help prevent falls in older adults

Combining virtual reality and treadmill training helps prevent falls in older adults better than treadmill training alone, according to a new randomised controlled trial published in The Lancet that was led by CMCM researchers. The intervention combines training of the physical and cognitive aspects of walking to enhance walking and safe ambulation. In this multi-center study, 282 subjects participated from five clinical sites in Israel, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK. All subjects reported at least 2 falls in the 6 months before the start of the study. Nearly half of all participants (130) had Parkinson’s disease, and some (43) had mild cognitive impairment.

During the six months after training, the number of falls significantly decreased in the subjects who participated in treadmill plus virtual reality group (from 11.9 to 6.0 falls per 6 months in the virtual reality group - a 42% reduction; compared to a decrease from 10.7 to 8.3 per 6 months in the treadmill only group). These exciting findings demonstrate the added value of using virtual reality, with treadmill training, to reduce falls in older adults.
For more details, please see the full paper and the accompanying Comment and podcast interview with Dr. Anat Mirelman at the journal’s website

 

An application that prevents trips and falls

The smartphone app provides customized training to improve walking and prevent freezing of gait (FOG). It was developed at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in collaboration with the European Union. Prof. Jeffrey Hausdorff, Director of the Medical Center’s Center for the Study of Movement, Cognition, and Mobility, states, "This is important news for the elderly population and patients with Parkinson's disease."


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CMCM Awards and International Recognition

  • Prof. Hausdorff.  Was awarded Fellow status by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the world’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging

  • Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), one of the most prestigious medical journals, published a CMCM paper
  • International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, London, UK. Best paper award for: “Parkinson patients' perspective on context aware wearable technology for auditory assistance“
  • International conference on Body Area Networks. Los Angeles, CA, USA. Best paper award for: “Online Detection of Freezing of Gait in Parkinson's Disease Patients: A Performance Characterization”
  • American Geriatrics Society – Winner Presidential Poster Presentation - Rehabilitation Category for: “Virtual reality for gait training in Parkinson’s disease”
  • International Society of Posture and Gait Research Best Poster Award for:
    “Clinical experience using a 5 week training program that combines a treadmill with virtual reality to enhance gait”
  • Gerontology Society of America’s Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award.
  • Best poster award Israel Neurological Association for:
    “Towards the automated detection of missteps during community ambulation in patients with Parkinson's disease”.
  • Gait variability and fall risk in community-living older adults: a 1-year prospective study: Paper listed among the most cited articles in the history of physical medicine and rehabilitation.
  • IEEE Computer Society TCPP Best Demo Award for: “GaitAssist: A Wearable Assistant for Gait Training and Rehabilitation in Parkinson's Disease”.
  • Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize in Medicine and Science. 

 

 

Opportunities

  • The CMCM seeks students with backgrounds in electrical or biomedical engineering, computer science, physical therapy,  neuroscience, exercise physiology, or related disciplines to conduct cutting-edge research on mobility and cognition.
  • The CMCM seeks volunteers to participate in research studies. Currently, we are recruiting healthy young adults, healthy older adults, and patients with Parkinson’s disease who suffer from freezing of gait.
  • From Bench to Bedside - Building on our research findings, CMCM opened a unique virtual reality clinic for older adults and others who wish to reduce their risk of falls or improve their walking and thinking abilities. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please contact Shirley at:  03-694-7513 or cmcm@tlvmc.gov.il 

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