Study detail featured image

Enhancing Memory and Balance in Aging Adults (60+) with the Interactive Metronome®

White paper presented at ISNR 2015


Adult, Cognitive Skills, Healthy Aging, Motor Skills

Embrace the power of Interactive Metronome training as it illuminates its profound impact on balance, speed, and confidence in adults, particularly in the context of reducing fall risks. This immersive study enrolled nine adults aged between 60 to 80 and charted their progress over 18 training sessions. The sessions, each lasting 30-45 minutes, were spread over two months with a six-week break midway.

The most remarkable feature of this study? The sessions involved only upper extremity tasks, yet resulted in a whopping 88% improvement on the Four Step Square Test – a measure largely implicating balance and speed. This result underscores a leap in confidence with independent ambulation for the participants – an essential stride considering they were all seated during the training due to safety precautions.

The findings shed a bright light on the potential of Interactive Metronome training, illustrating the significant gains it can offer in boosting balance and ambulation confidence, particularly for those at risk of falling. Clinicians, this study serves as an inviting window into the benefits of Interactive Metronome for your patients.

Abridged Summary & Results of Study

Effects of the Interactive Metronome® on Memory Process and Balance with Aging Adults 60+ population

YEAR: 2015


AUTHOR: Leonard G. Trujillo

Aging adults demonstrated improvement in timing, cognitive function, ADLs (dressing & bathing), fine motor dexterity, speed and balance following Interactive Metronome (IM) training. Improvements and increased confidence resulted in decreased fall risk. Despite performing all of the upper extremity exercises in a seated position, there was a notable transfer effect to speed, balance and coordination in standing and during ambulation leading to decreased fall risk.


  • n=9 adults ages 60-80 participated in 12 sessions of IM training over a period of 2 months with a 6 week break period followed by 6 additional sessions of IM training (total of 18 IM training sessions)
  • IM sessions were 30-45 minutes, never exceeding 275 repetitions per exercise
  • all IM exercises focused on upper extremities and were completed while seated

Improvements were measured on all pre-post assessments including:

  • IM Long Form Assessment
  • IM Short Form Assessment
  • 4 Step Square Test of Balance
  • D2 Test of Attention
  • Woodcock Johnson
    • Decision Speed
    • Visual Matching
    • Math Fluency
    • Reading Fluency

Curious? Got Questions?

We have IM consultants standing by to answer your questions.

Get IM Certified!

Getting Certified in Interactive Metronome is Easy! Attend a Live, Online Virtual Certification course and in one day you can start offering Interactive Metronome to your clients.

Education, Support & More!

We offer ongoing support and continuing education in Interactive Metronome so you can get the most from it. Learn how to profitably implement IM into your practice and help more patients in less time.

Our FREE on-demand library is chock full of specific short classes tailored to different populations and conditions as well as advanced IM application courses.

We routinely have Live webinars where you can sharpen your skills and learn the latest from clinicians.

And our clinical advisers are happy to help you with suggestions for particular clients.

IM Works.
Find Out How It Can Impact Your Practice

With IM you can easily scale & grow your practice, all while achieving better patient outcomes!

    Attending a Live Event (satisfy your Live Contact Hour/CEU requirements)Attending a Live Webinar Based Presentation from an IM RepresentativeReceiving more information about accelerating treatment outcomes with Interactive Metronome
    (Check all that apply)
    I understand that my email will be added to the IM communications list.

    Connect With Us

    We’re social people – we invite you to keep in touch with us. Follow us and be the first to hear news, get updates, media stories, press releases, special offers and more!

    • AOTA Approved Provider - ASHA Approved Provider - GSA and CE Approved