This research study is exploring the relationship between gait (walking pattern) and thinking. We are interested in how walking patterns, such as walking with small shuffling steps or unsteadiness when turning and avoiding obstacles, are related to problem solving and thinking. We plan to use this information to develop interventions to help people to walk safely, and reduce their risk of falls.
We are seeking adults aged 65 or over who have some changes in their walking pattern, but without known neurological causes such as Parkinson's disease or stroke; people with such conditions are not eligible to participate. We are also seeking people aged 65 or over without walking problems to be included in the control group.
Participation will involve completing some problem solving tasks and walking while wearing some sensors that record your gait. All the assessments will be completed in your familiar home environment. You may ask for feedback of the outcome of your assessments if you choose to. Although there will be no clear benefit to you from your participation in this research, possible benefits may include: getting information on how you performed in the gait and cognitive assessments, which may suggest potential areas for improvement or require further comprehensive assessment.
If you would like to know more about the research study or are interested in participating, please contact Ms Weihong Zhang on (02) 8324 2265 or email [email protected].
This research project has been approved by the University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee, approval number 2019/586.