“Friends don’t let Friends Fall” partnership with SCLHealth Lutheran Medical Center seeing high engagement

Dr. Nathan Estrada from Nymbl teaching “dual-tasking” balance exercises at “Friends don’t let Friends Fall” orientation

Nine months ago, Nymbl and SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center launched the “Friends don’t let Friends Fall” program in conjunction with the Arvada Fire Protection District to fight the epidemic of falls that is noted to be the number one reason for emergency medical calls.

This innovative program borrowed ideas from the Netherlands, where the country has seen significant fall reduction by removing fall hazards in people’s homes and training them about fall dangers on an obstacle course. The course is designed to increase confidence rather than feed the fear of falling. All participants were given the Nymbl Training App for use free of charge so that they could train their balance in their own homes long term.

So far, the program has surpassed expectations in terms of engagement and outcomes. We have seen excellent engagement – older adults not only will use the Nymbl balance training, but they make it a habit because it’s fun, can be done in 10 minutes, and is easy to use. Typically engagement in programs is only 5% of older adults participating. The Nymbl digital solution overcomes this barrier to success by making it readily available in a person’s home. We have seen over 50% of the attendees using the balance training in the privacy of their own home. Most encouragingly, an incredible 34% of the older adults are using the app at the therapeutic dose (meaning enough to have a known improvement in balance). Members of the FDLFF program have done over 7000 exercises, totalling more than 190 hours of exercises!

Chuck Ault from SCL kicking off the program with at the Arvada Fire Protection District Training Center

Chuck Ault, Regional Director, Community Health Improvement at SCL Health commented, “Our partnership with Nymbl allows our participants to continue balance training even after they have left our program. This extends our impact and amplifies our mission to create the opportunity for older adults to age in place by preventing injury from falls.”

Plotting all of the falls in Arvada showed “clusters” near Senior Communities

Nymbl’s partnership with SCL Health has begun to impact the community as a whole. For instance, a plotting of falls in Arvada by the fire department showed that a “cluster” of falls were occurring at or near the Springwood Retirement Community. Many of the residents went through the program, and it was expanded to include daily classes in the community. Kaiona Gardon, Activities Director at Springwood, has seen a tremendous change in the community because of Nymbl. “I see more interaction between residents. They are now talking about fall prevention amongst each other. They are inviting their friends who have never been to Nymbl class. There is an ‘excitement’ in the air that wasn’t there before Nymbl. Most importantly, I see our residents encouraged about their future. I know how disheartening it has been to see other residents falling and being taken away by the paramedics. Nymbl has given our residents hope.”

Nymbl believes our partnership with SCL Health has had a significant positive impact in Arvada. A partnership like this is a great example of healthcare, healthtech and communities working together to make a real difference.

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.

 

Nymbl looking forward to “Reimagining Health Care” at CatalystHTI starting in May!

If you’re in Health Tech in Colorado, you no doubt know that CatalystHTI will be the center of innovation for Healthcare as soon as it opens in May 2018. Mike Biselli has tirelessly pulled together many of the leaders and entrepreneurial companies in Colorado who will all co-exist and share ideas for improving healthcare in his new RINO based building.

Nymbl was one of the first startups to jump at the opportunity when Mike contacted us last year. Yeasterday we saw the building for the first time, and it’s going to bea fantastic work space. Here’s where our new offices will be 😉

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More on Catalyst.

Can’t wait to get started!

Brookfield Residential Home partners with Nymbl to improve balance

Shared vision
When Nymbl first met with Czajka Care staff to discuss the issue of balance in the elderly community it was clear that Nymbl’s mission aligned with their own falls prevention concerns. They were immediately attracted by the Nymbl Balance Index – a quantifiable measure that indicates falls risk and that can be tracked and monitored – and the prospect of improving the balance of those in their care. Many of the staff enjoyed finding out their own balance level too, trying out the Nymbl balance software for themselves!

Benchmarking balance
A one-month introductory balance training programme started at Brookfield Care Home in August. A presentation explaining the science behind Nymbl’s “double-tasking” approach was followed by evaluating the residents’ Balance, giving baseline Balance Indexes to tailor the training appropriately and from which to measure outcomes. Participating residents ranged from age 55 to 101.

Training in action
Four weeks of fun group balance classes followed, with the collaboration of our Nymbl team and Brookfield’s activities manager, Julie. Classes started with an engaging warm-up to get everyone’s body moving to some Sixties classic tunes, followed by five exercises on the Nymbl training app. Isometric exercises such as the tandem stand, wall sit and one-leg stand were accompanied with simultaneous cognitive exercises with the participants shouting out the answers to trivia, memory and maths games.

Julie training in Czajka Brookfield

Moving the needle
After a month of hard physical and cognitive work, we evaluated the Brookfield Care Home residents’ Balance Indexes for a second time to look for improvements in balance thanks to the training classes. Every participant who completed the post-training evaluation increased their Balance Index! Improvements ranged from 4% to 24% increase in Balance Index, with the largest increases for those who attended the most training classes.

“I know that my balance has improved after Nymbl training!”
Residents were extremely proud of their own progress and gave us some excellent feedback, one resident commented that “I know that my balance has improved after Nymbl training!” Different aspects of the training classes were most appealing to the residents, one participants of our introductory programme said she “learned new trivia knowledge and enjoyed being in a group class”, while another participant “just wanted to improve my balance initially, but found myself really interested in the science behind Nymbl and the dual-tasking approach too.”

Goal achieved
All the residents told us how important it was for them to have an aim to improve balance as they aged in order to continue to lead an independent life. This is a goal that they definitely have in common with activities manager Julie who was delighted with the improvements that she had observed in the residents and very proud of their Balance Index increases.

We would like to thank everyone at Brookfield Care Home and the Czajka management staff for being so enthusiastic in implementing our Nymbl introductory balance training programme into their daily activities. A tremendous congratulations and well done to the residents who attended the Nymbl training classes for their hard work in improving their balance.

AARP Awards Nymbl Top 50 Innovation Leader Award!

50innovationawardAt its recent Innovation Conference in San Francisco, Nymbl Science was awarded one of the “50+ Innovation Leaders” by the AARP in collaboration with MedCity News.  We are honored to have received such a competitive award and reinforces our dedication to helping seniors live healthier, more “balanced” lives.

Jim Cook, CEO, was the award recipient.  He commented, “We are honored to have received this award from the AARP. It’s a tribute to over 2 years of work to bring balance science to millions at a low cost through mobile technology.  We are just at the beginning of our journey and very excited about how we can improve senior’s lives through our development efforts”.

See complete details of this award here.

Nymbl provides real time balance evaluations at Waynesboro Health Fair

WaynesborobalancetestIn partnership with Summit Health, Nymbl’s balance evaluation and training program was a featured booth at the recent Waynesboro (PA) health fair.  Over 100 people lined up to get their balance evaluated, with many signing up for balance improvement classes that are run by renowned Olympic trainer Doug Lentz, head of the Results training facility.
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Nymbl and The Academy Senior Living Community Partner to Dramatically Improve Balance Scores

Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 16.48.29The Academy Senior Living Community in Boulder, Colorado, prides itself on its community and the active life style of its residents.  So when Nymbl approached them to pilot an innovative program to essentially turn the Academy into a living lab for balance improvement, they said “lets do it!”.

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