Lalita Bharadwaj & Kelsey Nissen

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Lalita Bharadwaj holds a Bachelor of Science and Psychology Degree with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Calgary, Alberta. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick. Through CIRA, she hopes to expand her understanding of medical research and positively contribute to the collective knowledge of our rapidly aging population and improve their quality of life.

Lalita Bharadwaj est titulaire d’un baccalauréat et sciences et psychologie avec une mineure en anthropologie de l’Université de Calgary en Alberta. Elle complète actuellement sa maîtrise en kinésiologie à l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick. Par l’entremise de CIRA, elle espère poursuivre sa compréhension de la recherche médicale et contribuer positivement aux connaissances collectives sur notre population rapidement vieillissante et améliorer leur qualité de vie.

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Kelsey Nissen obtained her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, followed by her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, in Toronto. She is in the process of completing her Master’s degree in Applied Health Services Research through the University of New Brunswick in association with the Atlantic Regional Training Centre. She is a practicing chiropractor with research interests in healthy aging, musculoskeletal health and function, rehabilitation, knowledge transfer, and clinical best practice guidelines.

Kelsey Nissen a obtenu son baccalauréat en kinésiologie à l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick à Fredericton, suivi de son doctorat en chiropratique au Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, à Toronto. Elle effectue actuellement sa maîtrise en recherche appliquée en services de santé à l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick, en association avec le Centre de formation régional de l’Atlantique. Elle pratique la chiropractie et possède des intérêts de recherche en vieillissement sain, santé et fonction musculosquelettique, réadaptation, transfert des connaissances, et lignes directrices pour les meilleures pratiques cliniques.

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Home and facility-based virtual reality training to increase rehabilitative exercise in seniors | Activités de réalité virtuelle à domicile et en centre pour augmenter les exercices de réadaptation chez les aînés

Seniors are at risk for reduced independence and lowered quality of life after an injury or illness. Regular exercise can help seniors maintain (or improve) stamina, balance and overall health. However, barriers can make it difficult to do regular exercise. We propose non-immersive virtual reality (VR) as a fun and motivating way for seniors to do regular
rehabilitative exercise.

VR-based telerehabilitation allows a clinician to create a customized VR exercise program. Exercise options include active games (e.g., soccer) and traditional exercises (e.g., sit-to-stand) customized to the senior. The clinician follows the senior’s progress asynchronously and modifies the program remotely, as needed.

In this randomized control trial (RCT), 48 seniors living in their home and 48 living in LTCF will be randomized to VR or control groups. Those in the VR group will do their program 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes, for 8 weeks, in their home or LTCF. Assessments of gait and balance and quality of life will be administered before and after the intervention, and 1 month later.
Home-based and LTCF-based VR studies will be analyzed separately. Data will be analyzed to look for differences between groups, and over time. Results will be available after March 2023.