About this Research Topic
There is convergent evidence that cognitive functions may be impaired in older individuals, particularly if they evolve towards a pathological aging process (e.g. Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, dementia, etc.) or in case of acquired brain injuries (stroke, traumatic brain injury). Impaired cognition may negatively affect everyday mobility activities. Mobility is a complex activity requiring high levels of physical and cognitive functions, especially when venturing beyond one’s domicile. Loss of mobility such as walking or driving could potentially lead to social isolation and negatively affect quality of life. Several studies demonstrated strong relationships between cognitive impairment and a higher risk of falling or greater difficulties in driving. Different types of intervention (cognitive training, aerobic exercise training, educational program) can be proposed with the aim of allowing older individuals or individuals with a neurological condition to maintain or improve cognition and mobility.
The aim of this Research Topic is to share and discuss recent advances to better assess and potentially improve cognition and /or mobility in older adults or adults with neurological disorders.
This Research Topic welcomes research using all types of assessment for fitness to drive or in connection with walking. It also welcomes all types of intervention (e.g. cognitive training, educational program) that could benefit older individuals and individuals with neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinson's disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, dementia, etc.). Fundamental research, applied research as well as research based on clinical practice are welcome.
The scope of this Research Topic includes, but is not limited to the following:
· Studies that investigate cognition while walking or while driving, using different techniques (e.g neuropsychological tests, neuroimaging methods) or studies showing relationships between cognition and walking or driving in older individuals or individuals with neurological conditions
· Assessment procedure for fitness to drive in older adults or adults with neurological conditions
· Assessment of balance and walking using different techniques (e.g wearable sensors) in older adults or adults with neurological conditions
· Intervention approaches in older adults or adults with a neurological impairment that aim at improving cognition and/or mobility
· Therapeutic studies, clinical trials, case reports, literature reviews that show the effects of interventions for improving/maintaining walking, cognition, or driving
Keywords: Cognition, Mobility, Aging, Neurological condition
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