Every day in Australia 38 new cases of Parkinson’s are diagnosed and each one may involve not only motor changes for the sufferer but also impairments in cognitive function and memory. In an attempt to help sufferers maintain or even improve their capacity, a unique gaming system called OrbiT is being trialled through the new Parkinson’s South Australia Brain and Body Fitness Studio as a collaborative project between It, Flinders University Rehabilitation Engineer Mr David Hobbs and University of Adelaide neuroscientist Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino.
The OrbiT gaming system is a stand alone computer game with intuitive controls that was originally designed for children with cerebral palsy. It has also been tested with stroke victims. Funding for this $90,000 three year study has been provided by Parkinson’s South Australia and the Estate of the late Olga Mabel Woolger.
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