By Interactive Metronome - May 1, 2017

New Published Research: The Effectiveness of Interactive Metronome® as a Restorative Modality to Improve Cognition and Motor Performance in Healthy Older Adults in Eastern North Carolina

In early April of this year, we featured a study  conducted by Dr. Leonard Trujillo, from Eastern Carolina University. He wanted to know if Interactive Metronome improved the cognitive and motor abilities of healthy older adults. Well we are pleased to announce that IM is in fact a viable modality to do just that! Dr. Trujillo’s findings were recently published (April 20, 2017) in the Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience. He found “The IM may be incorporated into therapy for healthy older adults as a preventative and restorative modality, with healthy older adults showing signs of cognitive decline in order to gain more insight into the impact of IM on improving cognition, and functional performance.”

“The purpose of this study was to measure the effectiveness  of the Interactive Metronome (IM) in improving cognitive  and motor performance in healthy older adults. As the aging adult population continues  to rise, it is important to explore tools which can support this population to live as independently as possible for as long as possible. Literature indicates there is a natural decline in cognition with aging, and that cognitive decline may be related to decline in functional performance. fifteen healthy older adults completed 18 sessions of IM protocol and researchers gathered data from IM assessments, d2 Test of Attention and Nine Hole Peg Test across four points of measure; a total of 30 participants completed 12 intervention sessions and 3 points of evaluation. Results indicated a significant increase in change from the baseline measure to the final point of measure on each of the three assessments as well as the final assessment after the shorter round of interventions. Researchers concluded the participants’ improved scores on cognitive and fine motor dexterity measures might indicate IM could be beneficial in enhancing or maintaining individuals for this population Future research should explore if increased performance on assessment scores might contribute to increased functional performance.”

Read full study here

With results like these, maybe a larger study is soon to come…

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