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Enhancing Fine Motor Coordination in Aging Adults through Interactive Metronome Training

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Adult, Cognitive Skills, Healthy Aging, Motor Skills

In this study, twelve participants aged 55 to 68 significantly improved their finger dexterity after undergoing eight sessions of Interactive Metronome (IM) training.

This improvement is crucial as fine motor skills, such as those used in daily activities like driving and grooming, typically start to decline around age 65.

The Nine Hole Peg Test, a common and accepted assessment tool, was used to measure the participants’ baseline finger dexterity.

Abridged Summary & Results of Study

The Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Interactive Metronome® Training in Older Adults, as a Potential Modality for Enhancing Skills Necessary for Driving

Authors: Leonard G. Trujillo, Lindsay Alspaugh, Sandy Gant & Amanda Garner



Normally aging adults demonstrated improved fine motor coordination (finger dexterity) following Interactive Metronome (IM) training. It is typical to notice a decline in motor function around age 65, impacting several activities of daily living like driving and grooming. IM training may improve and preserve motor function as we age.


  • n=12 aging adults (4 males, 8 females) ages 55-68 completed 8 sessions of IM training
  • IM training was completed in a seated position with only hand exercises
  • pre-post testing included:
    • Interactive Metronome (IM) Long Form Assessment for timing skills
    • Nine Hole Peg Test (NHPT) for fine motor skills

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