Bike Labyrinth and slowing Dementia
Dementia shows itself as a steep decline in brain functions. This cruel condition steals memories and personalities. It robs families of their loved ones and draws deeply on our resources, patience and finances. But nothing yet seems to reverse this. However, can we hope to slow the progression?
There is an unorthodox approach to dementia treatment that doctors and caregivers across the Netherlands are using with success. This approach harnesses the power of relaxation, invokes childhood memories, uses sensory aids, soothing music, family structure and other approaches to heal, calm and sooth the residents,
The old prescription was bed rest, medication and, in some cases, physical restraints. Clinicians in the Netherlands noted that with this new approach less medication was needed and patients were less stressed which, in itself, led to a positive psychological effect on patients and therefore on everyone involved.
Bike Labyrinth is one of the leading approaches of this trend at work and is now in more than 500 homes with its fascinating interactive bicycle tours technology.
We now offer this technology in the UK and Ireland.
This novel approach challenges the patient a bit in a positive way and stimulates both the body and the mind. Certainly, leaving patients inactive and in a chair or bed just allows the disease to progress even faster.
Bike Labyrinth links an exercise bike with a simple interface and this allows the user to enjoy more than 200 cycle routes as they exercise. In a nursing home situation, more than one bike can be linked to the same television or video projector.
The cycling routes can be of places around the world or custom routes can be created for the individual patient based on routes through their own town or village. It’s not computer generated - but it is virtual reality - as the patient cycles they can enjoy taking routes that jog their memory.
You can read more about this approach in a recent article in the New York Times