Event Date: Feb 27, 2013 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM EST
Presented by: Susan Muir, PhD & Luke Denommé, BSc
Hosted by: CDRAKE and the Ontario Research Coalition
In Association with the Research Applied Program (RAP): A Series of webinars that highlights Early Researchers and their findings in the field of Dementia.
Susan Muir is currently in the third year of her Post-Doctoral Fellowship through the Division of Geriatric Medicine at The University of Western Ontario. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a BSc in Physical Therapy from The University of Western Ontario. Susan will present a novel exercise program that combines physical and cognitive exercises (dual-task training) for community-dwelling older adults with dementia. Training with both physical and cognitive exercises has the potential to prevent falls, decrease loss of function, ease caregiver burden and improve quality of life in this vulnerable group of older adults.
Luke Denomme is in the second year of his Masters of Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. He holds a B.Sc. in Kinesiology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Luke's presentation will focus on a series of experiments which have focused on balance rehabilitation using the Nintendo Wii Fit with various populations whom experience sensory related balance impairments. Luke’s experiments are novel in that he uses a series of clinical and biomechanical analyses to assess: 1) if the Nintendo Wii Fit is in fact an effective training tool to improve the mechanical components associated with balance; and 2) if improvements in balance following training can be translated to balance during dynamic situations
This event was co-hosted by the Ontario Research Coalition (ORC). The Ontario Research Coalition of Research Institutes/Centres on Health and Aging brings together researchers from seven key research institutes to produce evidence that could improve the quality of care provided to seniors to Ontario. The ORC builds research capacity with incentives to focus on health and aging to people early in their research careers.