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Looking to Enhance Motor Learning in Seniors? Science says to K.I.S.S.

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Remember the K.I.S.S. principle? Keep It Simple Stupid.

If you are getting older, have elderly parents, or work directly with seniors. The findings of this study could prove to be life-altering. Simple Isometric tasks are shown to be more beneficial that more complex motor tasks for skill transfer in the elderly.

“The purpose of this study was to compare the ability of older adults to transfer a motor task following practice with either an easy or a more difficult task. We found that practice with an easy “isometric” task enhanced motor learning in older adults.

Older adults in the easy task practice group performed the transfer tasks better than

the older control group but similar to the young control group. In contrast, olderadults in the difficult task practice group performed the transfer tasks similar to the older control group but poorer compared with the young control group. These results suggest that reducing motor output variability during practice can improve motor learning in older adults.”

Onushko T, Kim C, Christou EA. Reducing task difficulty during practice improves motor learning in older adults. Exp Gerontol. 2014 Sep;57:168-74. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2014.06.006.

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