The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Predictors of gait and falls in aging: Linking cognitive control to genes

08/07 – 07/12
Type: K23AG030857 (Beeson Career Award in Aging)
Principal Investigator: R. Holtzer
Agency: National Institute on Aging


We propose a three-level theory-driven approach integrating Clinical Neuropsychology, Cognitive Neurosciences, and Genetics to explore mechanisms of gait and falls in non- demented subjects age 70 and older residing in the community. Our long-term goal is to identify specific cognitive and genetic mechanisms pertinent to developing more efficient risk assessment and intervention programs of decline in gait and falls in older adults.

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Verghese Gait Video Geriatrician Joe Verghese explains how subtle changes in gait can identify which patients are at risk for frailty – with the goal of preventing falls and mental decline. Dr. Verghese is chief of geriatrics at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center and a professor of neurology and of medicine at Einstein. This edition of Einstein On, a research and medicine podcast, is hosted by Paul Moniz, managing director of communications and marketing at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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