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Negotiating Narrowing Paths and Lateral Maneuvers in Older Adults

This study will identify how low fall-risk and moderate/high fall-risk older adults negotiate complex, real-world-like walking tasks where they have to make decisions related to avoiding risk of falling. Participants will walk in a virtual reality environment where they will have to navigate various narrowing paths and make lateral maneuvers to switch paths etc. We will quantify how older adults with different levels of fall risk exhibit differences in their performance in these tasks. This work is important in the context of better understanding how and why older adults fall.
Meghan Kazanski at or 814-863-0354
18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
Age 18-35 Years or Age over 65 Years
Able to walk at least 5 minutes unassisted
Exclusion Criteria:
History of serious health problems (physical or neurological) that may interfere with walking
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State College, PA