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Mary Kaye, 81, smiles after successfully demonstrating a treadmill balance session at University of Illinois-Chicago. Clive Pai, a physical therapy professor, right, and graduate student Emma Wang, left, un-hook Kaye's safety harness at the end of the session. During the test, Kaye walked on a lab-built walkway that causes people to unexpectedly trip and can teach them quickly how to catch themselves and avoid falling. Falls in the elderly cost $30 billion yearly to treat and can send them spiraling into poor health and disability. Pai who came up with the idea calls it "a vaccine against falls" and says his research shows that older people's brains can learn and adapt much more quickly than previously thought. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
A researcher's monitor records Kaye during the treadmill balance session. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Pai, left, and other researchers watch Kaye during the session at the school in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
A University of Illinois-Chicago physical therapy researcher, left, affixes a sensor to Kaye before she participates in a treadmill balance session at the school. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Researchers affix sensors to Kaye before her session. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)