Sometimes, having a fear of falling can be more unsafe than the fall itself.
For people who suffer from Parkinson’s illness and other neurological impairments, being extremely careful about standing and strolling can result in hazardous health results: an inactive life style, loss of strength, social seclusion, and anxiety. And, ironically, an increased danger of falls.
” Hesitating of falling can be the primary step of a vicious down cycle,” observes Merrill Landers, chair of UNLV’s physical treatment department and Cyrus Chung Ying Tang Foundation Teacher. “It makes individuals prevent risky behaviors, and frequently that implies they do not resume regular day-to-day activities.”
Landers is leading research that looks for to understand and correct this behavior in Parkinson’s patients.
In Southern Nevada, there are more than 16,000 individuals who suffer from the illness. With the help of personal funding from the Cyrus Chung Ying Tang Structure, Landers and his group are checking out the impacts of fall-avoidance habits and how to rebuild confidence in those who experience it, in addition to other crucial physiological and psychological research.
” Having the financing to conduct research will lead us to find evidence-based treatments quicker,” says Landers. “In our Parkinson’s research studies, for instance, this funding has actually made it possible for us to total research studies in probably one-third the time it would otherwise take.”
Private financing is used to recruit research study participants, cover travel expenditures for those who can not drive, and employ the assistance of certified therapists and professionals. It likewise supports trainee scientists and permits them to present their findings at significant conferences. This not only promotes cooperations with coworkers around the globe but likewise raises UNLV’s profile as a research study institution.
With extra resources, Landers and associates can dive much deeper into research that has the potential to enhance the lives of thousands of Nevadans not only with Parkinson’s illness, however likewise those impacted by Alzheimer’s illness and other cognitive problems.
For instance, initial studies show that aerobic exercise early in a person’s life may assist protect against Parkinson’s illness later in life. At UNLV, Landers and his group are researching how a chemical called “brain derived neurotrophic factor,” or BDNF, relates to work out, and how it might help protect against development of Parkinson’s. So far, more than 75 people have actually taken part in the study.
Eventually, says Landers, his research makes every effort to fulfill a trifecta of vital objectives:
improve the health of populations
minimize the per capita expense of healthcare
enhance the patient experience of care