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Increasing the Accessibility of a Falls Prevention Intervention for Community Dwelling Older Adults With Low Vision (NCT03028493)

VA Office of Research and Development
This study serves to test a previously evaluated falls prevention intervention recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, entitled the Study of Accidental Falls in the Elderly (SAFE) Health Behavior and Exercise Intervention, to evaluate if the intervention is accessible to older adults with low vision receiving services from the Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center (SBRC). This study also serves to pilot a version of the SAFE intervention that has been adapted to be accessible for individuals with low vision at SBRC.
  • Behavioral: Original SAFE Intervention
    A CDC recommended, evidence-based falls prevention intervention.
    • Behavioral: Adapted SAFE Intervention
      An adapted version of the SAFE intervention meant to target older adults with low vision.
      Ages eligible for Study
      60 Years and older
      Genders eligible for Study
      Accepts Healthy Volunteers
      Accepts Healthy Volunteers
      Inclusion Criteria:
      • 60 and older;
      • Visual impairment with some remaining reading ability.
      Exclusion Criteria:
      • Less than age 60;
      • Complete blindness;
      • Vertebral osteoporosis.
      This study serves to compare the comprehension and retention of individuals completing a version of the SAFE falls prevention intervention adapted for low vision versus individuals receiving the original intervention. One group of participants will complete the standard SAFE intervention format while another group will complete the same intervention with written materials adapted for those with vision loss. One intervention (either standard or adapted SAFE program) will be delivered at a time. The SAFE intervention is comprised of four, 90-minute group classes that address environmental, behavioral, and physical falls risk factors. Classes involve lecture and group discussions as well as review of low intensity exercises. The adapted content is presented in large print with high contrast and has been rewritten on a lower grade level. A nutritionist, a physical therapist, a physician, 5 older adults with low vision, 10 low vision occupational therapist, and 5 health literacy experts provided feedback to strengthen the adapted intervention.

      1 locations

      United States (1)
      • Department of Veteran Affairs
        Not specified
        Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35205
      17 January, 2017
      01 January, 2018
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