Researchers at the University of Queensland are looking for healthy adults 60 years and older to participate in a project investigating how accurate the commercially available Garmin Vivofit®4 is at measuring steps in treadmill, indoor and outdoor walking at different walking speeds and on different everyday surfaces.

Monitoring activity and daily step-count may provide additional motivation to increase activity levels in older adults. Commercially available devices such as the Garmin Vivofit® 4 are becoming more commonly used and can help to increase activity levels however validity testing on other similar devices has shown they are less reliable at accurately recording steps at slow speeds and on varied terrains. We would like to find out how accurate this device is at recording step count in different settings and walking speeds, in older populations.

This study forms part of a larger set of studies looking at improving balance in older adults with hearing loss funded by an industry partnership with Sonova AG, a hearing aid company in Switzerland.

Prior to participating in the study we will telephone to discuss study details and ask seom questions to make sure you are suitable for the study. If you are eligible to participate, we will ask you to attend a 90-minute assessment session at the University of Queensland (St Lucia Campus) involving three walking tasks while wearing two activity monitors.

You'll receive:

Your participation in this study will assist health professionals in better directing older adults on how much activity is required to meet activity guidelines and thus improve prevention of a number of chronic diseases. Parking costs will be covered by the research team and details of where to park will be provided prior to the assessment date.

Eligibility:

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Aged 60 or older
  • Community-dwelling
  • Able to walk independently outdoors for 200m including negotiating stairs and slopes.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosed with an unstable cardiac condition (e.g. unstable angina, significant recent cardiac surgery)
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Diagnosed with a neurological disorder (e.g. stroke, Parkinson’s disease)

Medical condition that limits the ability to walk safely without assistance (e.g. pain, osteoarthritis, respiratory conditions etc.).

Register your interest:

If you want more information, or are interested in participating, please contact:

Jacinta Foster avia email at Jacinta.foster@uq.edu.au or via telephone at 07 3365 4564.