University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Older Adults’ Activity and Fall Prevention

Led by Stacey Schepens Niemiec, our research centers on examining the interrelationships between activity patterns, chronic conditions, mobility and falls in community-dwelling older adults in order to inform the development of health and wellness programs for the aging population. We are particularly interested in exploring applications of mobile health technology and telehealth to promote successful aging and enable older adults to age in place. To carry out research, Dr. Schepens Niemiec uses a variety of technological tools ranging from commercially available activity monitors to virtual reality and interactive smartphone applications.

Funded Projects

  • ¡Vivir Mi Vida!: A pilot study of a lifestyle intervention to optimize health outcomes in Latino patients (PI: S. Schepens Niemiec)
  • Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program (National Institutes of Health) (K12 Scholar: S. Schepens Niemiec)

Ongoing Projects

  • A smartphone application to improve physical activity in underactive older adults (PI: S. Schepens Niemiec)
  • A comparative evaluation of mobile activity monitors during sitting, standing, and walking (PI: S. Schepens Niemiec)
  • Occupational therapy students’ knowledge and attitudes about aging (PI: S. Schepens Niemiec)
  • Physical activity goals of older adults in a lifestyle weight management program (PI: S. Schepens Niemiec)
  • Fatigue and fatigability in older adults with osteoarthritis (Co-I: S. Schepens Niemiec)

Previous Projects

  • Self-perceived health and lifestyle needs of Latino near-elderly adults (PI: S. Schepens Niemiec)
  • The effectiveness of tailoring falls prevention education for older adult learners (PI: S. Schepens Niemiec)