From Ottawa to Jaipur by bicycle

From Ottawa to Jaipur by bicycle

How Motiview helped a newcomer to Canada revisit his memories and bring a sense of familiarity and comfort to all those living with dementia.

Old memories in a new place

In a memory care community in Ottawa, there is a gentleman sitting quietly at the side of the room accompanied by his daughter. Whether it’s a language barrier, or a cultural reason, this man rarely participates in group activities.

Originally from India, he recently moved to Canada to be closer to his daughter when dementia was starting to impact his daily life. Moving into the care community provided him the support he needed, yet nothing seemed familiar and this made him withdraw from everyone around him.

Jaipur proved a different scenery than Canada. The clip is from the local video of Jaipur that you can find amongst thousands of videos in the Motiview library

A common situation

With various forms of dementia, individuals may perceive that they are living in an earlier time period of their lives or that things from their past feel more familiar to them than their new care community environment. To help combat this problem, the Engineers at Motitech developed Motiview, a special library of cycling videos to help those suffering with dementia.

Attaching Motiview to a special stationary exercise bike enables riders to revisit recognizable locations from around the world, without having to leave their home. By selecting movies with a high level of recollection, the rider can access old memories through sensory impressions of familiar surroundings. It encourages riders to share stories with those around them and the feelings of pride and joy that come through in these moments are inspiring.  

During a Motiview session with others that lived with him, Carers found a Motiview video from Jaipur – where the man used to work. After putting this video on, his daughter asked him if he recognized the scenery he was seeing. And he certainly did – in fact, he asked for the video to be played over and over again. And each time, his eyes lit up, his pedaling pace quickened and he began to share stories in Hindi with his daughter. He cycled the entire 20 minute Motiview video and didn’t stop talking the entire time! 

“It’s so wonderful to see my dad ‘wake-up’ like that!” cried his daughter.


The benefits of pedal power

The benefits of pedal power

How Motiview Technology has improved the life of residents with dementia at The Courtyards on Eagleson.

Memories in dementia patients is key to their mental health and wellbeing

It’s a sea of smiling faces at The Courtyards on Eagleson during the Road Worlds for Seniors Championships. All the residents are geared up for their virtual bike race and are ready to get pedaling. But this race is about much more than accumulating mileage; as the laughter and singing in the room can attest.

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See this interview with Peter and the others from Courtyard on Eagleson during the Road Worlds for Seniors 2019.

Almost like having extra staff on-hand

The Courtyards is a Memory Care Facility, so all of their clients have a diagnosis of dementia. Because triggering memories in dementia patients is so key to their mental health and wellbeing, The Courtyards have installed Motiview virtual cycling software in their Activity Room to transport their residents back to roads of their past, or places they have once travelled.

Motiview, by Motitech, can be attached to special stationary exercise bikes an offers motivational videos that can provide a high level of recognition. Their ever-growing library of movies enables users to take cycling trips through familiar surroundings and childhood memories. This encourages those living with dementia to be more physically and cognitively active.
Bethany Laughton, Health and Wellness Director at The Courtyard, has noticed a real impact on her residents who participate.
“We do other exercise programs but we’ve never seen the residents as engaged as they are with the Motiview system. It’s so real for them and it’s incredible how long they can go peddling without even realizing it. Some of them have been cycling for 15 -20 minutes and when the when the video is over, they haven’t noticed that they’d been exercising for that long.”

Resident, Peter, is an electrical engineer by trade and worked for a long time at the Canadian national railroads. His daughter Sheila explains that after he retired he started cycling around the paths near his house. Unfortunately, after moving to his care facility, he wasn’t able to get on his bike for real any more. He’s had access to stationary bikes in the past, but the big difference with Motiview is that he can also experience the pleasure of the scenery rolling by. Peter agrees. He loves how interesting the videos are, and giggles that it’s fun to spot the places where he last fell off!
As the residents are riding as a group, the shared experience of visiting famous sites doesn’t go unnoticed. Each new Motiview video generates excited conversations and reminiscence. In fact, Bethany describes it “almost like having extra staff on-hand because it’s so motivating for the residents, they actively want to come and join in. Just watching the rides and the music that’s attached to the videos gets them so engaged, it’s really been fantastic.”

Indoor shot of smiling senior man and female carer enjoying coffee in living room

Cycling with Motiview brings much needed relief from arthritic pain.

Cycling with Motiview brings much needed relief from arthritic pain.

Arthritis pains can plague sufferers, but with the help of Motiview, you can pedal your way to pain-free living.

Emotional cycling trip 

Magic moments happen all the time during Motiview sessions. So when a staff member found a resident crying while cycling, she was relieved to discover they were tears of joy.

The Arthritis Society of Canada finds the prevalence of Arthritis affects 1 in 2 seniors over 65. Arthritis can have a detrimental effect on someone’s ability to maintain independence and participate in day to day activities. Finding treatment that brings relief is often hard for individuals, so when something alleviates those pains, it can be an emotional moment.

Indoor shot of smiling senior man and female carer enjoying coffee in living room

Living with constant pain can severely lower life quality for many older people. Finding ways to decrease pain and improve movement can become life-changing. 

Even low intensity cycling gives high value

Stationary cycling provides many benefits for all individuals but particularly for seniors. These benefits include increased physical abilities, lowering fall risks, improved mental health and overall improvements in wellbeing. Research has found that stationary cycling is also effective for those living with arthritis. In fact, low-intensity cycling sessions were found to be just as effective as high intensity cycling for improving someone’s walking, decreasing their pain levels and increasing their aerobic fitness.

So when a retirement home in Edmonton installed Motiview virtual cycling software in their activities room, one resident began to pedal not knowing what to expect. Aware that some physical activities aggravated her arthritic knee, she was less than optimistic about her ability to pedal with the group.

But Motiview’s videos containing familiar locations and accompanying music immerse cyclists into an engaging ride as they reminisce together and share experiences with those around them. Cyclists often get ‘lost’ in the excitement of what they are seeing and before they know it, their cycling session is done and they accomplished way more than they thought was possible.

Which is why, after just a few Motiview sessions, our arthritic cyclist began crying:
“I can’t believe how much pain I was in before this!” she told staff and attributed this relief to the cyclical pedaling motion. The rides were enough to release a lot of pain in her arthritic knee and bring much needed relief.

After a few weeks, the staff at the Edmonton home noticed an increase in stamina for all of their cyclists. In fact, often, after a Motiview video ends, cyclists are heard asking “Can I do another?”

Pedal on everyone, pedal on!