COGNITIVE CHALLENGE + PHYSICAL EXERCISE
The Dual-Tasking Approach to Improving Balance
Multiple neural and biomechanical factors interact to achieve good balance, thus age-related cognitive decline is a risk-factor for falling. The “stops talking when walking” phenomenon is now well known. With appropriate intervention the ability to dual-task can be improved with a direct effect on improving balance.
Nymbl’s Dr Farcy and other balance experts show that dual-task training is effective in improving gait speed under dual-task conditions in elderly people. In line with this research, Nymbl uses postural and dynamic stability tasks combined with mental and co-ordination challenges to help seniors keep their balance even when distracted.