Improved mobility and reduced fall risk in older adults after five weeks of virtual reality training

Shirley R. Shema, Pablo Bezalel, Ziv Sberlo, Orly Wachsler Yannai, Nir Giladi, Jeffrey M. Hausdorff, Anat Mirelman

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Abstract

The aim of this analysis was to assess whether five weeks of training with virtual reality (VR) in a clinical setting can reduce the risk of falls in a variety of older adults. Thirty-four participants attending the VR clinic were studied. Participants underwent 15 training sessions consisting of walking on a treadmill with a VR simulation. Significant improvements were observed in gait speed, the Four Square Step Test and the Timed Up and Go. Treadmill training with VR appears to be an effective and practical clinical tool to improve mobility and reduce fall risk in older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Advances on Using Virtual Reality Technologies for Rehabilitation
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages91-96
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781634840286
ISBN (Print)9781634840279
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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