Eli Marie Nising has gone from being overweight and disengaged to being in good physical shape and happier after moving in to a nursing home due to her engagement with Motiview. The video library has motivated her to engage in weekly training, resulting in easier completion of activities of daily living for both her and the nurses.
Eli Marie Nising was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease a few years back. She suffered from extensive pain in her body and was hesitant to do too much in fear of overloading her body. Exercise was regarded as too difficult with too much pain. The preferred thing to do was simply to sit quietly.
Times have changed: Now there’s a physically fit woman sitting in the lounge at the Nykirkehjemmet nursing home in Bergen, Norway, impatient to get started with the day’s training session.
Needed a lot of help
When Eli Marie was given a place at the home in Bergen, she was overweight and took a lot of painkillers. Her daughter, Tone Tenold, was worried about her mother staying there as she feared increased sedentary behaviours with passivity becoming the norm.
Owing to her illness, Eli Marie was at times aggressive and carried a negative attitude. Additionally, her weight meant that she needed a great deal of help to get out of her chair and move around.
A radical change
“I’ve lost 11 kilos”, Eli Marie tells us proudly when she is about to start her daily cycle trip.
In the summer of 2013, Eli Marie’s family were unable to visit the Nykirke home due to travel abroad. When Tenold came back to visit her mother, something was radically different.
“There was a much slimmer, smiling woman who met us and I was immediately afraid that she’s stopped eating or that something else was wrong!” she tells us.
While Tenold and her family were away, the Municipality of Bergen had begun a trial project at the city’s nursing homes. The local authority wanted to motivate residents to exercise using a specially adapted training cycle for arms and legs, with accompanying videos as motivation. The videos are from the users’ home towns and the cycling gives users the feeling of cycling round familiar places. In other words, the concept now known as Motiview had been installed at the Nykirkehjemmet.
“The videos really carried her away. She felt like she was out in the streets of Bergen, cycling round and meeting people she knew. She enjoyed herself so much, she could cycle up to three-quarters of an hour a day. She also gets a lot of attention from the nurses at the home because of her cycling. The improvement was so noticeable that we had problems believing it!” Tenvold said.
The nurses kept track of how far she cycles in each session. In today’s session, she cycles 5 kilometres in 40 minutes. Eli Marie has now ambulates independently without her walker and her general mood has noticeably changed since beginning with Motiview.
“I’m going to keep cycling until I wear the bike out!” Eli Marie laughs.
She has also said how much she likes the film of Haugesund where she grew up.
“My mother has become much more positive and gets around much more easily. She’s also easier to deal with for the nurses, who have to do so much daily heavy lifting. We’re so grateful that the Nykirkehjemmet made this possible. They’re unbelievable good!” the daughter says enthusiastically.