ICT solutions to develop an effective motor and cognitive training to reduce risk of falls: The I-DONT-FALL project

Francesco Barban, Roberta Annicchiarico, Alessia Federici, Ilenia Debora Mazzù, Maria Giovanna Lombardi, Simone Giuli, Claudia Ricci, Fulvia Adriano, Ivo Griffini, Manuel Silvestri, Massimo Chiusso, Sergio Neglia, Raquel Cuevas Perez, Yannis Dionyssiotis, Georgios Koumanakos, Milo Kovačeić, Nuria Montero, Oscar Pino, Carmela Zincarelli, Niels BoyeCristian Barrué, Peter Levene, Stelios Pantelopoulos, Roberto Rosso, Angelo Maria Sabatini, Carlo Caltagirone

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Abstract

This study shows preliminary results of the multicenter and international I-DONT-FALL (IDF) project, cofunded by the European Union, aiming to offer an integrated Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) solution for fall prevention and detection. Here we assessed the efficacy of a motor and a cognitive treatment delivered through the IDF ICT solution, aiming to reduce the risk of falls through a randomized controlled trial. The outcome was measured with the Falls Efficacy Scale-International (FES-I) and the subscales of the Tinetti Performance Oriented Mobility Assessment for balance (POMA-B) and gait (POMA-G). We compared the effect of a 24-sessions period of motor training delivered through an i-Walker vs. a comparable period of non-motor training in terms of frequency and duration of sessions. The same comparison was performed for a period of cognitive training delivered though a touch-screen computer interface vs. a comparable period of non-cognitive training in terms of frequency and duration of sessions. Results showed that motor treatment alone or mixed with cognitive training reduces significantly the fear of falling and the risk of falls. Both cognitive and motor treatments showed a nonspecific positive effect on balance performance of participants. These preliminary results are consistent with previous evidences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICT4AgeingWell 2015 - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health
PublisherSciTePress
Pages259-263
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9789897581021
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event1st International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AgeingWell 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: May 20 2015May 22 2015

Other

Other1st International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AgeingWell 2015
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period5/20/155/22/15

Keywords

  • ICT
  • RCT
  • Risk of falls
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications

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