Smart belt to reduce falls among Parkinson’s, elderly
A new study says that a high-tech belt and a smartphone app may help Parkinson’s patients and elderly people to have balance and reduce falls.
Researchers in the US are developing an app Smarter Balance System with a vibrating belt that can help doctors to keep a check on patients’ movements and progress.
The app gives visual guidance to the patients on the smartphone’s screen. It can also send feedback to the patients through vibrations and guide them with a list of balance exercises.
The idea is to improve the quality of life of the Parkinson's patients and elderly by reducing their number of falls and making them confident to do their daily activities.
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a long-term disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system like shaking, slowness of movement, and difficulty with walking.