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Exploring Newly Found Freedom with the GaitAid for Parkinson's Disease
Date:8/10/2009

to use. Jeanne's freeze-ups are almost non existent now, with only an occasional occurrence if she is over tired or walking in a crowd, and her shuffle has improved to a steady gait. This appears to be a lasting effect and I see no signs of regression between training periods.

With her new improvements Jeanne is much more confident and more involved in our social activities which involves playing mountain music. Yesterday she mentioned trying to play the fiddle again. I believe she can accomplish this. After 3 months of training her gait and freeze-ups have improved so much we recently took a 5 day trip to visit friends and family in Arkansas. Jeanne and I are thankful to have come across this product."

Jeanne says, "I am still getting used to my new freedom while walking. I find myself unconsciously reaching for Dan's hand for support. I still use my cane for that extra secure feeling during my off times or if I become over tired and shaky. I am looking forward to some more travel and the ability to participate in more fun with the kids when we're together. I still train with my virtual walker most mornings unless I am having a bad off day."

The GaitAid device is a non-invasive, risk-free aid which brings about a lasting improvement. The portable GaitAid unit hooks onto the patient's pants. A computer processor inside the device measures walking movement. The processor feedbacks the walking movement by providing visual and auditory cues through special glasses and earphones. To train with the GaitAid, one takes a walk for 5-30 minutes while wearing the device. The feedback mechanism provides rewarding stimuli for good movement making the training enjoyable. Patients often report high motivation during their training.

Often the improvement is immediate
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