Balance Coordination for Seniors
Objective
Improve Balance and Coordination
Primary Market
Health, Seniors Therapy
Character Focus
Gross Motor Skills, Fine Motor Skills, Spatial Skills, Cognitive Skills
This Idea Was Inspired By
Heather Orr
The Activity Time
20 mins

This exercise emphasizes balance coordination for seniors with one simple tool and requiring very little space.

As a PTA working in a nursing home, I decided to take Think-EEZ to work and see how useful they would be in the rehab world for balance and coordination with seniors.

So this is about my first use. I made a small cube with the Think-EEZ using the shortest rod available. The construction of the cube was very easy taking less than 3 mins. The intent of the cube was to increase foot clearance, foot eye coordination and balance of a higher level patient.

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The patient was to stand on the right foot and place the left foot inside the cube and then take foot out of cube.  The patient was able to complete the task a few time.

The cube was stable after construction, but the plastic balls attached to the cube easily slid on floor,  so to prevent risk preform on carpet or attach to hard floor with masking tape.

Joe Donahue is the manager of day-to-day operations and the person who originally conceived of the TOOBEEZ product.

Joe had a vision to create a life-sized Tinker Toy(TM) for families to play with to help reconnect with each other. It took four years of business planning, market research, manufacturing trips, endless conference calls with engineers, designers and patent attorneys but finally on September 21, 2003, the Toobeez product was born!

Often referred to as Giant Tinkertoys(TM), Toobeez is a life-sized construction building system comprised of interlocking tubes and spheres that can be linked together to create anything imaginable, from a simple cube shape to a complex structure like a lemonade stand, house, airplane or submarine. Just connect, twist and create!

Initially, Toobeez was sold exclusively to the specialty toy market, but due to its open-ended nature, it didn’t take long to realize the versatility of the product and the many different ways it could be used.

Today, the Toobeez system is currently being used by educators, team building/training professionals, occupational and recreational therapists, camp counselors, Boy and Girl Scout troops, church youth groups and the list grows every day. There is even a group of forward thinking dog trainers who use Toobeez to create challenging courses for agility training (we're not making this up)!

Armed with the knowledge that there was more to Toobeez than just a toy, Joe reached out to industry experts and educators with the goal of developing a collection of materials that provide activities, educational tools and lesson plans for use with Toobeez. Among the topics covered: team building, math, language arts, occupational therapy and special needs and senior needs. Currently under development is a corporate team building workbook and a physical education activity book.

Whether in a playroom, classroom, corporation, camp or healthcare setting, Toobeez aims to provide every participant with a positive, healthy and fun learning experience!

Since the inception of Toobeez in 2001, it has been the company’s mission to connect people, inspire creativity and foster imagination. As a testament to their roots, Joe and the entire Toobeez team continuously strive to deliver a quality product that promotes connection and teamwork to ultimately bring people together.
All Activities of Joe Donahue - Inventor

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