Faculty Research in Action: Improving Walking Function to Reduce Falls in Older Adults
From Brent Hurley
Even seemingly simple tasks like walking require the ability to integrate and coordinate many functions, such as cognitive, sensory, nervous system, and biomechanical activities. For older adults, tasks like walking become more challenging as each of these systems and our ability to integrate across these domains declines. These breakdowns lead to dramatic increases in balance problems and falls in older adults.
Join Jon Dingwell, professor of kinesiology and director of the Penn State Locomotor Control ("LoCo") Laboratory, for this virtual alumni program. Learn how his research aims to improve physical function, reduce falls, and enhance the quality of life in older adults.