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Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Program

Grant Description

In May 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL) awarded a three-year grant to Winston-Salem State University and its partners, in the amount of $147,626.00. Investigators on grant project included: Dr. Sara Migliarese (PI), Dr. Nancy Smith, Dr. Christina Criminger, and Dr. LaVerene Garner from the Department of Physical Therapy, Dr. Megan Edwards Collins and Dr. Cynthia Bell from the Department of Occupational Therapy, and Karen Bartoletti from the Northwest YMCA.

The purpose of the grant/study is to determine the effectiveness of each of the three evidence-based falls prevention programs listed below, in decreasing fall risk and preventing future falls in older adults in the Northwestern Piedmont area.

  • Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
  • A Matter of Balance
  • Otago Exercise Program

Following a one-year extension, the ACL grant data collection period officially ended on May 30, 2023. The grant team is currently analyzing data and anticipate dissemination of results in Summer 2024, in the Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation peer-reviewed journal.