FEELING COMPETENT OR UNCERTAIN BEHIND THE WHEEL?
It is VERY important.
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, the confidence to do all of these things well.
There are many ways Interactive Metronome (IM) training can help senior drivers (or ANY driver). 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. No one should risk driving unless they are competent to do so.
There are no age limitations when it comes to benefiting from IM, the program is customized to fit each person's abilities.
Click on the SESSION tab above to learn more about what takes place during a session.
This podcast (9 min. in) covers an woman in her 80's using IM training to help deal with the effects of aging, including limitations following a STROKE. Great changes after IM!
"I had a huge burst of energy the day after this appointment..."
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
ACCOMMODATIONS CAN BE MADE FOR WHEELCHAIRS & WALKERS
In addition, IM technology has been used by those suffering from these challenges:
Traumatic Brain Injury ** Cerebral Vascular Accident ** Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) ** Balance Disorders ** Multiple Sclerosis ** Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury ** Decline in Function ** Developmental Disorders ** Alzheimer's
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