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UW-Stevens Point seeks older adults for study on balance


UWSP physical education professor, Rory Suomi, is seeking older adults to participate in a study from June 17 through August 16. The study will be conducted on both male and female adults, ages 50 to 80 years old. Participants will be asked to stand with both legs on a Biodex Balance System apparatus to evaluate dynamic postural balance. The study will be done at the UW-Stevens Point Health Enhancement Center in two test sessions, each approximately 20 minutes in length. For more information or eligibility, contact Suomi at 715-346-2706.

Suomi is studying the relationship between balance in older adults and their perceived risk of falling. The use of the Biodex Balance System as an assessment tool is also being tested. The results of the research will help determine the focus of balance rehabilitation or falling prevention programs for older adults.

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