“Stay balanced” – effectiveness of evidence-based balance training for older adults transferred into a physical therapy primary care setting – a pilot study

Palmgren et al (Disability and Rehabilitation 42, 1797–1802 (2020)) enrolled fifteen older adults into the “Stay Balanced” physiotherapy intervention to begin characterizing the program’s clinical utility. The intervention being translated here has undergone previous randomized controlled trials and is designed to progressively challenge participants with multi-task exercises. Over ten weeks, participants’’ balance, gait speed, leg muscle strength, and concerns about falling improved. These results support the efficacy of interventions that recreate the activities of daily living by training patients to simultaneously attend to cognitive and motor stimuli.

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