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Florida Assisted Living Pursues Promising New Therapy

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 29 September 2011

Glenview at Pelican Bay, an assisted living community in Naples, Florida, is one of several locations tracking a unique therapy to improve senior mobility, reports AllAssistedLivingHomes.com.

As countless articles and publications constantly cite the risk of falls (and consequently the importance of fall prevention) among seniors, improving mobility is a worthy goal for all senior living providers, home care agencies, and family caregivers to pursue.

The curious device at the center of this new therapy is actually one that has been used for piano lessons – and in other music-related settings – for centuries; for nearly two decades now, medical professionals have also seen the benefits of this simple tool.

Tick, tick, tick, tick: metronome therapy increases neuroplasticity, the brain’s capacity to adapt or acquire new information. Glenview assisted living’s rehab director, Amy Owler, calls it “gym for the brain.”

How does it work? According to the article, residents receiving metronome therapy “listen to a rhythmic chime through headphones” and are then asked to clap, step, or perform some other repetitive motion in time with the sound. Their rhythm is recorded via a shoe-implanted sensor.

The metronome’s steady beat sharpens seniors’ focus while “improving their motor skills and endurance in walking after a stroke or injury.” Those with Parkinson’s, a disease that greatly impacts mobility, have also benefited from this developing therapy.

 

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