Balance and Gait

Parkinson’s Disease(PD)

Life with Parkinson’s disease is anyways hard and lack of proper training regimes for patients makes it worse. Although there is a lot of awareness and research being put into training people with PD to improve their regular walking tasks like walking and talking, I feel that the current balance therapies do not work effectively. Therefore, I am currently testing whether there is a dual task cost (interference on the primary task due to the presence of another task like listening) involved in realistic tasks for older adults and people with PD. The study involves using both walking and non-walking tasks to compare different cognitive processing theories about walking and brain functioning for this population.