Grip strength is frequently used by healthcare professionals to measure frailty among elderly adults and predict the outcome of complications from surgery. Grip testing is an inexpensive and non-invasive means to determine an older adult’s muscle mass, and a new wellness device can help seniors track and improve grip strength with exercises designed to aid in muscle recovery and help to lower blood pressure.
Squegg, a Bluetooth-enabled training device, uses a smartphone app to help people recover from injury or illness with isotonic, isometric, and cognitive exercises. Using built-in games, users can gradually build back strength and muscle movement, helping older adults regain physical function and independence while improving cognitive abilities. The tracker can also share your data with a therapist, friends, or family.
For older adults who have suffered a stroke, have arthritis or simply notice their hand strength to open jars, turn doorknobs or carry heavier loads is diminishing, the trainer can help seniors regain hand strength. Squeezing the device can also relieve stress and tension and reduce muscle pain from overuse. Unlike regular therapy tools such as putty and grip trainers, Squegg automatically records data and progress and can be used by more than one person. It is also easily sanitized and water-resistant.
While there is no magic recipe for optimal aging, a healthy diet, social connection and regular physical activity are cornerstones to greater longevity and independence. By aiming for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate activity along with two days that include strength and balance training, older adults can preserve muscle mass and physical function allowing for greater engagement and continued good health.