Call for participants in new falls and balance research

NARI is calling for participants to take part in new research into the impact of exercise on how people walk and balance following a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or minor stroke.

Participants will need to be aged 18 and above, speak English, havehad a TIA or minor stroke, and be living in their own home or retirement village. Before the TIA or minor stroke, participants should have been able to walk independently outdoors with or without an aid.

Led by Dr Frances Batchelor with Sue Williams, the research will look at the effect of a home-based exercise program on walking and balance.

“Although most people return to functioning normally, many people with these conditions have ongoing problems.  Currently there are no published studies which have examined the impacts of exercise on balance performance in people who have had a TIA or minor stroke,” Ms Williams said.

“If exercise can help balance problems and also decrease the risk of further strokes, then we can begin to put in place programs that help TIA-affected people resume and increase their physical activity,” she added.

Eligible participants will need to agree to being involved in this study.  A physiotherapist will call all eligible people to make an appointment for a home visit for a one-off assessment session. The assessment session, about 90 minutes, will include questions on physical health, physical activities and thinking skills and confidence. It will also include some simple clinical and physical tests, such as vision tests, walking tests and balance tests. There is no remuneration for participating in the research.

If you would like to find out more about this study please call Sue Williams (03) 8387 2614.