Nymbl and the “Longevity Economy” featured on Colorado Public Radio

We were honored today to be guests on “Colorado Matters” along with Karen Brown from Aging 2.0 in a segment on entrepreneuring for seniors. It’s great to see that more and more companies are seeing that you can do well and do good by meeting the needs of seniors.

The segment can be heard on cpr.org.

Big thanks to Karen for including us and Nell London and Ryan Warner at CPR for putting together the segment.

Nymbl Participates in Boulder Falls Prevention Week!

Nathan Estrada, Nymbl Director of Sales and Markets, presented to a great audience today during a community event for Boulder Falls Prevention week at the East Boulder Community Center.

It was really a superb opportunity to talk about the science behind falls prevention, demonstrate how the science can now be effective in a smartphone application, and interact with seniors who were interested in falls prevention.

We are always interested in participating in community events about balance and falls prevention, feel free to contact us if you’d have an event you’d like us to participate in!

Nymbl Exhibiting at Health:Further in Nashville

Members of the Nymbl Science team have been overwhelmed with the quality of the discussions they’ve had this week at Health:Further and are excited about the new partnership opportunities that have arisen.  We’ve had huge support for our mission and our low cost, high impact approach to population health, exactly what the healthcare world is looking for right now!

We’re still at the conference for one more day – please stop by and see us at Entrepreneur Alley!

Nymbl selected as semi-finalist for Health:Further Pitch Competition

Health further conference in Nashville

Nymbl is honored to have been selected as Semi Finalists in the Health:Further Conference Pitch Competition.  We are one of 21 companies who are vying for the final pitch next week in Nashville.

We have also been selected as one of the “Entrepreneur Alley” companies, so we will be very easy to reach.  If you will be at the conference and are interested in partnering with us to help prevent 1 million falls, please stop by or contact us ahead of time so that we can set up a suitable meeting time.

See you in Nashville!

Announcing Nymbl Training App 2.0!

We are pleased to announce the imminent availability of the Nymbl Training App 2.0!  This is a major release that includes many new exercises and dual tasking challenges, more efficient promotion of users from one level to another, plus (drum roll) availability on the Android platform!

Here’s more on each new feature:

  • Coach Mode moved to the Nymbl Class App
    Recognizing that Nymbl Coaches have different needs than Nymbl users at home, we have split one app into two.  If you are a coach, you will want to be sure you have the Class app as well as the new Nymbl Pro App.

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    New automatic promotion screen

    The new Training app has been optimized for at home use and will have continual new features, exercises and challenges designed specifically for the at-home user.

  • Automatic Promotion
    The training app can now be set up promote the user to the next training level by the coach. Initially there are options for a 1-week period, a 2-week period, or a 3-week period, but additional period options based on proficiency will be soon added.
  • Updated Senior Track Program
    The 2.0 Training app  has two big changes to the previous Senior Track Program:

    • Additional Training levels. The Senior Track Program now goes up to Week 36.
    • All of the Training Levels of the Senior Track now have cognitive dual task exercises so that all training engages the brain in multipleways.

Nymbl demonstrates significant improvement in stability in just 21 days

In a research study conducted by the MSk lab at Imperial College London and presented recently at the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics conference, Nymbl was shown to significantly improve stability in just 21 days. Sway improvements measured were:

Postural sway area reduced 37%
Sway velocity  reduced 15%
Medio-lateral sway improved 16%
Anterior-posterior sway improved 12%.

This impairment improvement correlated with 15% improvement in balance and an 82% engagement rate during the 21 days.

The study will continue to show improvement over time, but we are thrilled that we continue to accumulate scientific verification of our balance improvement system!

Nymbl Class 2.0 Launching this week!!

Nymbl Class IconWe’re excited to announce the imminent release of Nymbl Class 2.0!  Our Class app, designed for use in a class setting in a senior living environment, includes major new features and literally dozens of improvements requested by our current professional users in ILC’s.  New features include:

  • No wifi required to log in.  Many senior communities have limited wifi in the gym or class areas.  So now an instructor can walk in to the room, connect remotely to the display via Apple TV by literally swiping the screen, and get the class going almost instantly, no matter how bad the data connection in the room is.
  • New “Nymbl Active” track.  Designed for active users to quickly progress in their balance, the new Nymbl Active track is a 14 level program that moves the user from static stability exercises such as half-tandems to 1 leg stands and tandem walks.
  • Landscape mode.  The Class app, which is designed to be projected on a standard TV monitor (via HDMI), is set to always display in landscape mode.  No more turning the phone to get it in the right display mode.
  • Harder/easier exercise options.  In order for the instructor to appeal to the widest audience possible, exercise screens now have suggestions for harder or easier exercises.  So participants can adjust to their own capabilities, and not feel that the class is too easy or too challenging.
  • Cognitive challenges on nearly all exercises.  Our entire system focuses on cognitive dual tasking to optimize balance improvement. We have introduced a new category of dual tasks that enables even more exercises to take advantage of this powerful approach.

These are just the major features.  When we tried it with one of our most active Senior Living Communities last week, we received an email back saying “WOW. We’re loving the new Nymbl interface, it works brilliantly. Thank you!”

We’d love to show this new app, and our other new features in Nymbl 2.0 training and Pro App!  Please see our page on Nymbl in Senior Living Communities, and then contact us for more information!

We’ve moved to Catalyst HTI – The Denver Healthcare Innovation Ecosystem!

Two years ago, Mike Biselli introduced Nymbl at the Boomtown Demo Day presentation in Boulder. But before we took the stage, he introduced the lively crowd to his brainchild, Catalyst HTI.  Catalyst is a unique building in the RINO district of Denver, where all segments of the healthcare ecosystem: providers, payers, doctors, startups, and innovators, would work together under one roof to reimagine healthcare, speed up the innovation process, and put Denver on the map as a center for healthcare innovation.

Mike had one slide – an artist’s concept of the building (see above).  But he was still in fundraising mode and there was no guarantee the project would happen.  Some thought he was overpromising, but we were deeply impressed by his passion and vision.  We struck up a relationship with him and promised him that night that when he was taking office reservations, we’d be first in line.

Today, Catalyst HTI opened for business. Wow, the dream became reality.

The building is gorgeous! The Catalyst team seems to have thought of every detail.  The facility includes a beautiful dining and kitchen area, amazing board room with a view over Denver and the Rockies, conference center, top quality furnishings, plenty of meeting rooms and quiet work spaces.  More importantly, working next to tenants such as UC Health, Kaiser, Cirrus MD, Delta Dental and many others there’s no doubt that we will make connections that we wouldn’t have made otherwise.  And that means that Nymbl will grow faster and smarter, which is what this is all about.

Nathan, Mike and Ed in the Catalyst lunch room.

We are there and thrilled with our new office. We built our desks and were completely functional by noon. It was an adrenaline shot for the whole company. Please come see us at 3513 Brighton Blvd, Denver.

Our first team meeting, reviewing research that shows how powerful Nymbl is in improving balance. Even the video screen worked first day.

Congrats Mike. You made it happen.  Nice knowing your office is literally 20 feet from ours.  We’ll make sure to drag you to a local purveyor of champagne to celebrate.

 

Balance, Nymbl, and our mission to prevent 1 million falls

If you’re over 65 you’ve no doubt seen plenty of information on BALANCE, most likely from your physician or the multitude of newsletters and articles that are written about aging. Maybe you go to fitness classes for seniors and your instructor works balance into your workouts.

Why so much attention on balance?

The data is staggering –

• 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ report falling every year. Retrospective data shows 1 in 3 actually fall
• Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans.
• Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall
• Falls are the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults
• Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from the after effects of a fall.

When balance diminishes, falls and fear of falling consistently deprive seniors of their health, mobility and important social connections. It doesn’t have to be that way!

The good news is:

“Falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based programs, and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be reduced substantially.” – National Council on Aging

Nymbl Science is a mission-driven company committed to Preventing a Million Falls. By combining smartphone technology with evidence-based methodologies that include current science combining brain and exercise research, Nymbl differs from other fall prevention interventions –

• Balance and improvement are measured and quantified
• Training is daily and requires less than 10 minutes/day
• Training occurs at home and when it is most convenient
• Simultaneous cognitive work, “dual tasking” prepares the brain to respond to the distraction in life when elders are more prone to falling

We know that falls are not a normal part of aging, most falls can be prevented, and our balance system is making that key difference for people every day. Onward to 1 million falls prevented!