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Virtual Reality Training as an Intervention to Reduce Falls

  • Anat MirelmanEmail author
  • Inbal Maidan
  • Shirley Shema Shiratzky
  • Jeffrey M. Hausdorff
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Abstract

Falls result from interactions between multiple individual and environmental risk factors. Research over the last decades has clearly demonstrated the strong connection between balance, gait and falls, on the one hand, and cognitive function, on the other hand. Due to the multifaceted aspects of falls, therapeutic interventions aimed at reducing fall risk should be designed to address both motor and cognitive aspects of safe gait. Virtual reality enables individualized repetitive practice of motor function, graded in accordance to the needs and the ability of the person, while engaging in and stimulating cognitive processes. This chapter summarizes the rationale behind using virtual reality technology for fall prevention and the available evidence to support novel interventions.

Keywords

Falls Virtual reality Interventions Older adults Exercise Motor-cognitive function 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anat Mirelman
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Inbal Maidan
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Shirley Shema Shiratzky
    • 2
  • Jeffrey M. Hausdorff
    • 2
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Laboratory for Early Markers Of Neurodegeneration (LEMON)Neurological Institute, Tel Aviv Medical CenterTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Center for the Study of Movement, Cognition and Mobility, Neurological Institute, Tel Aviv Medical CenterTel AvivIsrael
  3. 3.Sackler Faculty of Medicine and Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  4. 4.Department of Physical TherapySackler Faculty of Medicine and Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  5. 5.Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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