Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Registration Fee: $20 (includes mid-afternoon coffee break)

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The Origins of Balance Deficits and Falls Cluster


Age-related changes in multiple sensory-motor domains interact to affect how older adults function in everyday life. These sensory-motor changes have wide ranging consequences to physical (e.g., falls), cognitive (e.g., dementia) and social (e.g., loneliness) health. The latest findings from the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging (CLSA) will set the stage for the workshop by describing sensory-motor declines and their associations with a range of health issues in the Canadian population. Experts on age-related sensory-motor changes in balance, vision, and hearing will share current Canadian research findings, with an emphasis on the interactions between sensory and motor domains and how they relate to social and cognitive functioning. These experts span disciplines and professions, including kinesiology, psychology, optometry, audiology, otolaryngology, nursing and geriatric medicine. They bring together researchers involved in the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA Teams 10, 12 and 17). The workshop will conclude with a discussion of how best to translate this knowledge to clinical, public health and policy practice.


Participants attending the workshop will be learn about:

  • The prevalence of multiple sensory impairments among older Canadians, and the greater degree to which multiple impairments (compared to a single impairment) are associated with poorer health outcomes
  • How age-related changes in sensory-motor function may contribute to balance deficits and falls in older adults
  • How age-related sensory (vision, hearing) abilities and impairments interact and affect social functioning
  • Different types of age-related hearing loss and the associations between auditory aging and cognitive aging
  • Experimental research approaches that link sensory, cognitive, and motor aging
  • Hearing and vision screening tests for nurses to use for assessing older adults living in long-term care homes
  • Translation of this knowledge for clinical, public health and policy practice

Who Should Attend?

  • Researchers
  • Students
  • Healthcare and allied care providers
  • Social services providers
  • Governmental / non-governmental organizations
  • Older adults and their care networks
  • Advocates
  • Decision makers

Agenda, Presenters and Abstracts

Click here to view the workshop agenda, presenters and abstracts (PDF file).

Please note, workshop details are subject to change.