Envisioning Access, Cognimate, & George!
We are so excited to share details from the first pilot project from Envisioning Access and Cognimate (formerly SensoRehab)!
You will get to know George, a 72-year-old living with MS, and see why he is excited to be a part of this project.
My name is George and I have been living with MS for the past 32 years. I was first diagnosed when I was 40 and it has been a bit of an uphill battle if I’m being honest. But I try to do the best I can to overcome some of the obstacles I’ve been presented with.
I’ve gone onto secondary progressive MS from my initial diagnosis, so things have leveled out the last few years so I am able to function a little more. When I was first diagnosed, I was still working & worked full-time for 37 years at an electronics firm. It was only in the last 12-13 years that I had to leave my job and go on disability.
I was very interested in what Envisioning Access was doing and volunteered to be involved. I’m very curious about what people are trying to do to help people that have the problems I do, or other types of neurological diseases. When Envisioning Access first introduced me to Cognimate and their rehab glove, I was a bit intimidated. I’ve never tired anything like that before. I have never really played video games, but the glove is fun.
I have tried a few games – so far Whack a Mole, the game with the airplane, and the fishing game are my favorite. Some of it is easy to follow and some of it is a bit of a challenge, but I’m enjoying it.
To play, I have to use my hands and arms – similar to what my PT and OT want me to do with my exercises. It helps quite a bit in keeping my upper body parts moving.
I guess that while I am playing these games, exercising & having fun, the glove is also taking measurements of my finger, hand, and arm movements to track my progress. Really interesting.
I’m excited to be working with Envisioning Access & Cognimate on this Pilot Project. I feel great that I can help set the stage for other people like me. It is terrific.
I think it is going to be pretty effective as a different form of therapy. I’m thrilled that I can assist future generations – the people who are diagnosed with MS tomorrow, or next week, or next year. If what I am doing helps Cognimate help more people like me, I feel like I have personally helped future generations. That’s why I got involved. That’s why I am happy to be involved.
George will continue to receive all the support he needs throughout this project. The Envisioning Access Team (like Matt here!) is committed to ensuring that the technology works for him and that he is getting the most out of the experience, much like how we supported our monkey helper recipients throughout their partnership. We hope you will consider a gift to support others like George!