Released on March 30, 2021

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Nursing Assistant Professor Ladda Thiamwong says gauging a patient’s physical ability as well as their mental processes gives her a better grasp on how to shape a patient’s treatment plan, which best prevents their falling. Stock Image.


Aging Expert Dr. Ladda Thiamwong, UCF Nursing
Ladda Thiamwong

Nursing Assistant Professor Ladda Thiamwong works with elderly patients and tackles one of the most pressing issues facing this population: the mental and physical instability surrounding life-threatening falls.

With the help of an interdisciplinary team of researchers, Thiamwong has developed a treatment regiment for aging patients, which assesses not only their physical abilities but their perceptions about falling.

It’s a holistic approach she began investigating 15 years ago as a nurse in Thailand and which she has now continued at UCF. The National Institutes of Aging awarded her a $149,000 grant in September 2020 to study this phenomena during the course of two years.

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