Dementia | A Study of Why People With Early Memory Problems Fall or Almost Fall

Dementia research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The purpose of this study is to identify the factors that are associated with falls and near falls in community-dwelling older adults with early-stage dementia.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - males or females over the age of 50 with early-stage dementia as described by Global Deterioration Scale levels 2,3,4 or 5. Exclusion Criteria: - subjects who have a medical condition that significantly predispose them to falls (Meneire's disease or Parkinson's disease) - subjects without a caregiver/spouse to assist with the completion of a Fall Diary - subjects unable to stand independently or safely walk a short distance either unaided or with the support of an assistive device - subjects unable to safely complete the balance and gait evaluations.

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?




Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

1Memory problems

2No memory problems

Study Status

Unknown status

Start Date: August 2007

Completed Date: December 2009


Type: Observational


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Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Vanina Dal Bello-Haas, Ph.D

Lead Sponsor: University of Saskatchewan

Collaborator: Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation

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