New technology is helping older adults age-in-place with greater safety and a better quality of life thanks to innovations like smart-home sensors, telemedicine, electronic medication dispensers and discreet personal alert devices. And for people with a hand tremor, a new stabilizing glove being tested in Toronto may help older adults feel more confident in public and enjoy a better, more engaged lifestyle.
According to a recent AgeWell News report, the Steadi-One glove helps stabilize the wrist joint using vibration damping and nano-technology to minimize hand tremors in patients with Parkinson’s disease or Essential Tremor. The battery-free, washable device helps people function better in their daily life, feed themselves, write a note, pour liquids without spilling or enjoy a cup of coffee in public. ET is one of the most common neurological diseases affecting an estimated 7 million Americans, usually over the age of 40. A child with a parent that has ET will have a 50 percent risk of developing the disorder.
Parkinson’s is a neurological disorder, most often diagnosed in patients over the age of 60 which can cause shaking, stiffness and difficulty with walking, coordination and balance.
Prototype devices have been tested in group trials and study participants have found a significant reduction in their tremors which continues to improve the more time the glove is worn. Other treatments for tremors include medications that may have significant side effects or neurosurgery which may be effective for a time, but in some cases, symptoms can return.
Learn more about how to pre-order the Steadi-One device by following this link to the company website. At present, the $999 device is not covered under insurance, but the founders are working towards this option; a monthly $88 payment plan is now available. Units are expected to ship in November 2019 within Canada and the United States.