Invest in research to combat falls
We know how committed you are to supporting our research into preventing falls and improving balance in older Australians.
Your donations through the Australian Ageing Research Foundation are bringing us several steps closer to the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, which is vital to our ongoing work.
This year we invite you to donate to help us continue our work into falls, and specifically to investigate the best way to improve balance and walking in older people who have been affected by minor stroke.
We need $50,000 to conduct what will be a world-first study that will make a difference to tens of thousands of Australians who each year experience a minor stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA).
Your donation will help us:
- Run a six-month home-based program for 40 older people with TIA or minor stroke, comparing outcomes for those who participate in a specially designed exercise and those who don’t.
- Follow up participants for 12 months to determine the effects of the treatment on walking, balance, falls, and quality of life.
- Contribute to international and Australian understanding about recommendations for treating people with these conditions.
The study will be led by Dr Frances Batchelor, NARI’s Director of Health Promotion, and one of Australia’s leading experts in falls and balance.
Until recently it has been assumed that older people affected by a minor stroke or TIA make a full or almost complete recovery, however NARI’s recent research shows that this is not the case. In fact people with TIA or minor stroke have problems with balance and walking and are at a much higher risk of falls.