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Stepping toward health with HUR

Aaron Aslakson, director of fitness centers | May 11, 2021

More than a decade ago, Walker Methodist first purchased Helsinki University Research (HUR) resistance training equipment from Finland, specifically designed for older adults. Now, HUR equipment is a staple at our fitness centers, and their technology continues to advance. These improvements create an even better user experience for members of our fitness centers, promoting cognitive function and reducing the risk of falls.


Enter the new Senso Balance Trainer... This machine, as described by HUR, is a “scientifically based dual-tasking fall reduction and cognitive training platform designed to support independence.” I like to describe it as “Dance Dance Revolution” for older adults.

Havenwood of Buffalo is the first Walker Methodist community to try the new trainer. Resident Joanne said, “The trainer makes me use my brain and feet. I have to coordinate, which is all about balance. It’s fun! I enjoy it.” Marilyn, another resident, enjoys the variety of programs available with the Senso trainer. Choosing from more than 25 assessments and games, users can train at different levels and for specific movements. Members complete games using weight shifting, directional steps, and stepping speed based on what they see on the screen.

Games simulate everyday movements and abilities that impact daily living, such as walking, range of motion, reaction time, and awareness of movement. And, since results are saved to individual profiles, users can track and celebrate their progress.

Janelle, fitness specialist at Havenwood of Buffalo, said, “We feel fortunate to have this equipment. Members who utilize it seem to really enjoy it, and it gives us the opportunity to measure improvement and discuss goals. It’s another way for us to demonstrate that physical activity and fitness are important to everyday life. The exercises they complete truly help improve their lives outside of the fitness center.”

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