We are proud to announce FirstLight Home Care, known as one of the county’s most innovative home care companies, has joined the Nymbl family in the mission to prevent 1 million falls in Colorado, Northwest Houston, and Chicago.
Through the partnership, Nymbl’s patented Dual-Tasking Balance Improvement program is integrated into the plan of care for FirstLight’s clients, and offered as part of the standard daily visits. The program takes only 10 minutes and adds fun to the visits through the engaging trivia, word games, and other cognitive challenges offered via Nymbl’s training app.
There is increasing consensus that social isolation is not only depressing for older adults, it’s also deadly. Loneliness increases the likelihood of mortality by 26 percent*, and is as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day**. You might not make an immediate connection between fall prevention and social isolation, but not only are they linked, fall prevention programs can have a dramatic impact on loneliness and social isolation.
One of the key causes of social isolation is fear of falling. If an older adult is worried about falling, they go out less, or even stop going out altogether. This stands to reason – if you are worried about having a catastrophic fall every time you leave the house, you’re going to think twice about going out.
So fall prevention programs can have a significant impact not just on falls, but also on helping alleviate social isolation. Confidence gained from improved balance links directly to likelihood of going to that dinner with friends, family gatherings, a play or the movies.
This creates a virtuous cycle – improved balance reduces fear, which increases how much an older adult is willing to go out, and every time they go out, the exercise involved in dealing with the “real-world” helps improve balance as well.
This is true in Senior Living Communities even when a resident is surrounded by other residents. Fear of falling and lead to social isolation because residents stop going to events and meals. Improved balance will lead to more participation in Community events. So when looked at community wide, a community with better balance will have less social isolation because residents will choose to participate in more activities. Fall prevention programs have positive impact on the lives of everyone in the community.
If you are running a Senior Living Community, it makes sense to implement a fall prevention program for many reasons, social isolation being just one. If you would like to explore how to set up a successful fall prevention program in your community, we invite you to a free webinar that discusses the science behind fall prevention and how to implement it in your comunity.
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Nymbl is excited to partner with PARC Retirement Living to bring our award winning Falls Prevention program to their Independent Living Communities. PARC is integrating Nymbl’s system in their 5 communities in Vancouver and Western Canada and Nymbl will be a key service in their new communities as they launch.
Nymbl fits well with PARCs goal of creating communities that are “inspiring living spaces where residents come to live well, stay active and engage with a vibrant community of like-minded people”. Balance is a critical foundation to achieving this goal, and Nymbl will be offered daily to all residents in fun, easy to attend classes as well as in-home via our Nymbl Training App on their smartphones.
Jacqueline Omstead, Director of Operations at PARC, commented about the Nymbl partnership, “We are proud to be the first Canadian senior living group to have Nymbl and it proves our continued commitment to wellness and solves real problems for us”
Nymbl received word in April that we have been approved for a patent by the US Patent office! This patent covers the use of dual-task balance evaluation and training delivered by a smart device such as a smartphone or tablet.
“We are thrilled that the US Patent office has officially recognized the brilliance of dual-task balance training and the profound impact it is having on Nymbl users worldwide. We couldn’t be happier that our processes are now protected under patent”, said Ed Likovich, CEO of Nymbl Science.
George Karakatsanis joins Nymbl Science’s leadership team
Nymbl is excited to announce the appointment of George Karakatsanis to its management team as VP of Sales. George will focus on accelerating Nymbl’s strong momentum delivering its patented dual-tasking falls prevention system in senior living communities worldwide.
George Karakatsanis has joined the Nymbl Science’s team through a shared passion in preventing the trauma seniors experience when they fall. “I have seen firsthand the impact a simple fall can have on not just a resident but on their community and families as well. Nymbl not only has the first truly scalable falls prevention program, older adults love it and are thrilled when their communities adopt it. It is exciting to be a member of this team that is truly making a difference in older adults’ lives.” says George.
In his position, George will help Senior Living Communities:
Creatively implement and leverage Nymbl Science in their specific community.
Deliver Nymbl Science thought leadership to this pervasive challenge industry wide.
Help change the discussion from fall prevention to delivering freedom to our seniors through increased balance and mobility.
Ed Likovich, CEO of Nymbl Science, commented “We are thrilled to have George join our team. His passion for our mission combined with his deep experience in the senior living space moves us a significant step closer to preventing 1 million falls. With George onboard, we now have the bandwidth to expand nationally and internationally.”
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a devastating brain disorder caused by the impairment of nerve cells in the part of the brain that controls movement. The combination of two characteristic symptoms of PD can be very deleterious to a person’s overall health.
One symptom is a shuffling gait, and a struggle to continue to move forward (reported as a “freezing” sensation). The other symptom is decreased balance. Their balance is no longer controlled reflexively, like it is for the rest of us. Instead, they must pay more attention while they are walking in order to not lose their balance. The collective effect of both these symptoms is an increased fall risk for Parkinson’s patients.
To improve gait and balance, people with PD typically see a physical therapist to help them increase their stride length and reduce their chance of tripping. Counter to previous beliefs in which dual-tasking while walking could be detrimental to a person’s balance, research now shows dual-tasking can be an essential intervention in improving gait and balance in people with Parkinson’s, providing an alternative to the classic physical therapy techniques.
Sandra Brauer from the University of Queensland and Meg Morris from the University of Melbourne conducted a study on how added tasks and performing working memory tasks while walking can improve PD patients’ gait.
In their study, 20 participants with mild to moderate Parkinson’s had their baseline gait measured with and without added tasks, and then underwent a training period that included dual-task training to increase their gait. Subjects performed working memory tasks and counting tasks while they were walking and instructed to “take bigger steps”. As the training went on, the difficulty of the cognitive task increased.
After the training period, the subjects’ gait with the added tasks was measured again. The results of this study fully supported the hypothesis that dual-tasking training would improve gait in Parkinson’s patients. All 20 participants showed increased gait length after their dual-tasking training because they had learned how to focus more on the task, and less on the way they were walking (“reduced attention demand of gait”).
How does this relate to Nymbl Science? Nymbl uses a similar dual-tasking approach to train balance in older adults. Just like PD patients, balance in older adults is not as effectively controlled reflexively, but is instead something they have to consciously think about while performing their day-to-day tasks, ultimately creating a lot of anxiety.
As demonstrated in both the Parkinson’s study and in Nymbl users dual-tasking shifts balancefrom the frontal cortex (the “thinking” part of the brain) back to the cerebellum for reflexive balance control. For Nymbl users, performing simple exercises while interacting with fun cognitive tasks drives their balance control back to being reflexive.
The Brauer and Morris study is further proof that dual-tasking training has the power to transform balance in a wide range of people, which in turn leads to improved health and overall lifestyle.
We are excited to be showcasing “Innovations in Aging” with 3 Catalyst-based companies on February 12. If you’re interested in learning about great new ideas for the “Silver Tsunami” – we’d love for you to attend. Details below, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org as space is limited.
Nymbl Science and SCL Health’s Lutheran Medical Center are thrilled to announce their partnership to bring Nymbl’s innovative digital balance system to the Lutheran community. Lutheran is launching a “Friends Don’t Let Friends Fall” program, open to the general public at no charge, which brings together the most current best-practice guidelines for fall prevention, including the innovative Nymbl balance program. The partnership is focused on the network effect of seniors helping seniors and is a truly scalable population health initiative.
In this partnership, SCL will introduce the Nymbl Balance System to their “Friends Don’t Let Friends Fall” classes as a free benefit aimed at reducing falls in their community. Participants will not only be trained to use the Nymbl Software themselves, they will be encouraged to involve their friends in the program who might be at falls risk. In this way it is expected that the program reaches a significantly greater percent of the population that is at risk for falling.
The program launches in February.
“I want to applaud SCL Health and Lutheran Medical Center for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to their community by bringing cutting-edge innovation to all older adults. We are excited to partner with a Colorado health system that shares our belief that every older adult deserves the very best care,” Edward Likovich, COO, Nymbl Science
“Lutheran Medical Center’s partnership with Nymbl Science provides a critical element within our community fall prevention strategy. Together we will promote a community conversation about falls, what is required to prevent them, and the tools needed to stay healthy, strong and flexible.” Chuck Ault, Regional Director Community Health Improvement, SCL Health
About Nymbl: The mission of Nymbl Science is to prevent one million falls amongst older adults. The Nymbl Balance System combines medical science with mobile technology to assess balance and provide fun, effective interventions that have been validated to significantly improve balance rapidly and cost effectively. Nymbl is based in Colorado and was the winner of the Colorado Prime Health Challenge in 2017.
About Lutheran Medical Center: Lutheran Medical Center is owned by SCL Health System, a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable. Innovation is part of the culture at Lutheran Medical Center. The staff is encouraged and supported in thinking differently when it comes to caring for our patients. The commitment to innovation has resulted in implementation of ground-breaking ideas to help transform the future of healthcare. As a community-based acute-care hospital, Lutheran’s premier services include healthcare across the spectrum of life – from birth to senior care. Lutheran has been recognized nationally for clinical excellence, patient safety and patient experience.
Nymbl is excited to enter an agreement with Routinify, who’s “Well-Assist” product uses mobile technology to encourages healthy habits in older adults. Nymbl will provide its Training App on Routinify tablets. These tablets are used by seniors to help build healthy routines for sufficient sleep, a nutritious diet, preventative care, exercise, hygiene, and mental and social engagement. Nymbl’s Balance Training will now be a routine encouraged by the system.
Nymbl and Routinify are both headquartered at the Catalyst HTI building in Denver. The partnership was literally initiated by bumping into each other in the lunch room. We expect many similar deals to arise because of the proximity of over 40 health tech companies under one roof.
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