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Weill Cornell Medical School Teams with MediGait to Get the Elderly, Sufferers of Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis “Back on their Feet”
Date:5/6/2013

it’s important to help seniors improve their walking balance. After all, a fear of something that’s already happened happening again is perfectly rational. So the Cornell researchers teamed up with MediGait to provide program participants with a home training tool, the GaitAid.

The GaitAid is a virtual reality device that superimposes a dynamic checkerboard pattern over the user’s field of vision and provides instant feedback for balance and effective movement.

The GaitAid has been especially helpful for:

  •      Parkinson's disease patients suffering from balance problems and freezing of gait - a condition where patients feel they are glued to the ground and cannot move. One out of three Parkinson’s disease patients describe this as the most debilitating symptom.
  •      Multiple Sclerosis patients with unbalanced ataxic (uncontrolled) gait.
Patients reported significant improvement in walking balance and confidence levels when using the device for a few minutes a day. Over a two-week training period, these sessions produced a cumulative improvement. (link to research - http://www.medigait.com/research.html)

As part of this collaboration, MediGait will develop a new training device aimed at improving balance for seniors in general.

TCII (Technion Cornell Innovation Institute) joins these teams to develop and test a new protocol of
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