Mobility & Balance
Research Study
Researchers at the Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife, and Harvard Medical School are seeking older adults who have concerns about their mobility, walking, or balance.
Visits Conducted at Home or in our Clinic
Compensation Provided
60 Years and Older
Fast Facts
Have Mobility, Balance, or Walking Concerns
Study Background
The purpose of the study is to determine if non-invasive brain stimulation, called transcranial direct stimulation (tDCS), improves balance, walking, and memory in older adults at risk of falls. Funded by the National Institute on Aging.

Past studies have shown promise in using non-invasive brain stimulations as a tool to improve stability in walking as well as to enhance memory and thinking.

Your participation may advance our understanding of tDCS for these purposes.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
The purpose of the study is to determine if non-invasive brain stimulation, called transcranial direct stimulation (tDCS), improves balance, walking, and memory in older adults at risk of falls.

tDCS is a non-invasive, safe technology that sends very small electrical currents to your brain through your scalp. These small currents may help improve walking, thinking, balance, and brain function.
Is this study for me?
If you are age 60+, and have mobility, balance, or walking concerns, you may be eligible to participate.
What will happen if I participate in the study?
Participation involves up to 27 visits over eight months, including:

  • Screening and assessment visits involving health interviews and tests of walking, balance, and memory
  • Two optional MRI visits at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston
  • 20 sessions of non-invasive brain stimulation (20-minute sessions, one per day over four weeks)

You do not need to travel anywhere to be in the study. Study visits can be completed at your home, or in our clinic if you prefer, with transportation provided.
Will I be paid for being in this research study?
You will be compensated up to $510 for your participation in this study.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for you to participate in our research program.