FEELING COMPETENT OR NERVOUS BEHIND THE WHEEL?
Consider for a moment what is required to be a SAFE, RESPONSIBLE DRIVER:
Quick Decision Making
Initiation of Change
Ability to Process Visual Information Efficiently
Focus and Concentration in Spite of Distractions
Impulse Control (to Avoid Over Corrections)
Ability to Time Movement
And...Confidence to do All of these Things Well
There are many ways Interactive Metronome (IM) training can help seniors. One way is by helping to build better driving skills. Being able to drive gives seniors independence and enables them to be involved in the larger community.
There are no age limitations when it comes to benefiting from IM, the program is customized to fit each person's abilities.
The participant performs non-aerobic hand and foot exercises to a steady beat heard through headphones. Responses are measured instantaneously and the accuracy of the movement (to 1,000th of a second) is displayed. By responding to the information displayed, the brain is challenged to plan, sequence and execute more effectively. Processing speed is sharpened and over/under responses are smoothed out.
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"I had a big surprise in that I could do all of the machines [at the gym] with more weights and longer duration . . . "
LET'S TAKE BACK CONTROL WHERE WE CAN
"I'm steadier. My meds seem to be working better. Not so much variance."
"I'm having more episodes where I feel agile."
"I had a huge burst of energy the day after this appointment. My meds felt 'on'."
"I sat down to play the piano and I was surprisingly good. I was able to go faster with more agility."
"I had a big surprise in that I could do all of the machines [at the gym] with more weights and longer duration . . . it was my best session in two years."
There are no age limitations and accommodations can be made for walkers and wheelchairs.
In addition, IM technology has been used by those suffering from these challenges:
Traumatic Brain Injury ** Cerebral Vascular Accident ** Balance Disorders ** Multiple Sclerosis ** Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury ** Decline in Function ** Developmental Disorders
IM technology can aid those who have motor planning and sequencing challenges, speech and language delays, motor and sensory disorders, learning deficits, and various cognitive and physical difficulties.
Gains in motor planning, rhythmicity, timing and sequencing lead to improvement in these areas: Balance & Gait, Strength & Endurance, Coordination, Motor Skills for Independent Living, Attention & Concentration, Language Processing, Behavior (Aggression & Impulsivity), Fine & Gross Motor Skills, and Independence with Prosthetic Limbs.
"[In this controlled study] computer directed rhythmic movement training was found to improve the motor signs of Parkinsonism."
Daniel Togasaki, MD, Parkinson's Institute