CAPTION: Josie Ingber, who has multiple sclerosis, is shown using the LifeGlider, a walking aid designed to secure the center of gravity to help eliminate users’ fear of falling. (Photo courtesy of Business Wire)
Core Mobility Solutions Inc officially releases the patented LifeGlider, a general-purpose mobility device designed to secure the center of gravity to help prevent users from falling even if they lose their grip or footing.
The announcement is made as part of National Falls Prevention Week, September 21-25.
The first LifeGlider users effectively served as the company’s first test group, providing the extensive feedback that Core Mobility wanted before an official launch.
“It was important to me that the LifeGlider delivers on its promise of independence and safety before releasing it widely.”
— Core Mobility’s CEO and founder Robert Karlovich, also the inventor of the LifeGlider
How it Prevents Falls
LifeGlider prevents falls by securing the center of gravity at four points of contact – the hips and the Sitz bones – the same principle that prevents figure skating pairs from falling, even when a partner is held aloft while the other continues to skate.
With the center of gravity secured, LifeGlider users are free to move in ways that are impossible with traditional walkers. Without the fear of falling, LifeGlider users report that they walk farther and longer, helping them retain and even improve their strength, according to a company news release.
“For a lot of people, loss of mobility means a loss of independence. The LifeGlider has changed my life. With the LifeGlider, I don’t have to worry about my balance so I now do things I wasn’t able to do before. And I’m upright.”
— Josie Ingber, among the first LifeGlider users, who has has multiple sclerosis
Ingber moderates a LifeGlider Users Group on Facebook that now numbers over 300 users, per the release.
“It’s turning into a real community, with people helping and encouraging one another as they regain their independence,” she adds.
The LifeGlider is available in three sizes to accommodate persons ranging from 4’6” to 6’4” tall and up to 275 lbs.
[Source(s): Core Mobility Solutions Inc, Business Wire]
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What kind of terrain is the Lifeglider for? Can it be used in a yard as shown in one photo?
Hi, RoseMary. It would be best to contact the manufacturer directly via the link in the news item. You can find more information here: https://www.mylifeglider.com.
— Melanie Hamilton-Basich
Editor, Rehab Management